California Bach Society
Inventive Director Paul Flight leads the refrain in a program of 5 centuries’ price of Italian Christmas track, together with works by way of Monteverdi, Verdi and Respighi.
Nov. 30-Dec. 2. $30. San Francisco, Palo Alto, Berkeley. 650-485-1097. www.calbach.org
Ragazzi Boys Refrain
The ensemble of younger vocalists items “For the Wonderful thing about the Earth,” a program of seasonal track with an ecological theme.
Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 9. $20-$30. Palo Alto, Redwood Town, S.F. 650-342-8785. www.ragazzi.org
“The Little Prince”
Composer Rachel Portman’s creative 2003 opera, in keeping with the vintage kids’s e-book by way of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, makes an acceptable circle of relatives providing. This revival by way of Opera Parallèle, performed by way of Nicole Paiement and directed by way of Brian Staufenbiel, is the second one annual go-round, this means that it can be shaping up as a vacation custom.
Dec. 7-9. $55-$75. Marines’ Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter St., S.F. 415-392-4400. www.operaparallele.org
“Peter and the Wolf”
Christian Reif conducts the San Francisco Symphony Adolescence Orchestra in Prokofiev’s perennial circle of relatives favourite, with actor Richard Dreyfuss because the narrator.
2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. $25-$110. Davies Symphony Corridor, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F. 415-864-6000. www.sfsymphony.org
A Chanticleer Christmas
The boys’s refrain gives its annual seasonal program of vocal track, starting from Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony to carols and gospel numbers. Dec. 10-23. $35-$75. Oakland, Petaluma, Carmel, Sacramento, San Francisco, Berkeley and Santa Clara. 415-252-8589. www.chanticleer.org
American Bach Soloists
Song Director Jeffrey Thomas leads Handel’s “Messiah” with soprano Mary Wilson, countertenor Eric Jurenas, tenor Aaron Sheehan and bass Jesse Blumberg.
Dec. 12-14. $25-$125. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F. 415-621-7900. www.americanbach.org
San Francisco Symphony’s ‘Messiah’
Jane Glover conducts Handel’s “Messiah,” with soprano Ying Fang, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, tenor Nicholas Phan and baritone Joshua Hopkins.
Dec. 14-15. $34-$170. Davies Symphony Corridor, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F. 415-864-6000. www.sfsymphony.org
Grace Cathedral Christmas
The Cathedral’s Choir of Males and Boys gives a program of vintage carols and sacred masterpieces, accompanied by way of complete orchestra and organ.
Dec. 15, 16, 21, 22, 23. $15-$60. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco. 415-749-6300. www.gracecathedral.org
Sonos Handbell Ensemble
The joyous clangor of the vacation season emerges from the enjoying of this virtuosic team, led by way of Inventive Director James Meredith. For this live performance, the ensemble is joined by way of mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and the Younger Musicians Choral Orchestra.
2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. $32-$72. Bing Live performance Corridor, 327 Lasuen St, Stanford. 650-724-2464. live.stanford.edu
Song Director Donato Cabrera leads a vacation program that includes track by way of Leroy Anderson (“A Christmas Competition” and “Sleigh Trip”) and Tchaikovsky (picks from “The Nutcracker”), along side a screening of the Oscar-nominated animated brief “The Snowman” that includes are living orchestral accompaniment.
four and eight p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22. $42-$72. Lesher Middle for the Arts, 1601 Civic Power, Walnut Creek. 925-943-7469. www.californiasymphony.org