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ConcertsHoliday Concert with the Menlo Atherton Choir
Under the direction of Patrick Maier, the Menlo Atherton Choir will visit Little House to perform holiday classics and contemporary favorites, as well as lead a few singalongs. Dec. 2, 2-3 p.m. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
Concerts'An Evening of Song'
The Woodside Arts & Culture Committee's December First Friday event -- called "An Evening of Song" -- will feature music by Jennifer Mitchell (soprano), Nathaniel Rothrock (tenor) and Elizabeth Neff (piano). The three musicians will perform opera pieces, musical theater solos and duets, and some festive holiday music. Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. Free. Woodside Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.
Concerts'20 Harps for the Holidays'
This annual concert program presented by Harpeggio Music will include festive holiday music, harp solos and a studio ensemble of more than 20 harps. Patrick Ball, a Celtic harper and storyteller, will serve as a guest artist. Proceeds support Harpeggio Music and its studio activities. Dec. 5, 4 p.m. $12-$15. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.
The Friends of Music at Stanford will hold its annual holiday showcase in Memorial Church, which will include performances by Stanford University ensembles and soloists. The event is sponsored by the Friends, in partnership with the Department of Music. Dec. 5, 2:30-4 p.m. $15 general; $10 student, senior (age 65 plus); free for Stanford students with ID. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Concerts'I Dream A World'
Ragazzi Boys Chorus will sing a program called "I Dream a World," taking inspiration from the classic Langston Hughes poem of the same name and highlighting the power of love and music to transform lives across cultures. Dec. 5, 4 p.m. $12-$32. First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
ConcertsStanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert
The Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble will present a program with traditional and contemporary songs from the Afro-Latin genre, including pieces composed or popularized by John Coltrane, Chucho Valdes, La Sonora Poncena and others. Dec. 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15 general; $10 senior, student; free for Stanford students with ID. Campbell Recital Hall, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
ConcertsChristian Pepin with Afro-Caribbean jazz
Grammy Award-winning percussionist Christian Pepin will perform a concert of funky Afro-Caribbean jazz standards. Seating is limited to 200 and is first-come, first-served. The doors will open at 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts. Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
ConcertsCalifornia Bach Society: 'Joyeux Noel!'
Artistic Director Paul Flight and California Bach Society will present a program of French Christmas music, including Gregorian chants; dance tunes; Marian hymns; traditional French carols by Mouton, Dumont, Charpentier and Berlioz; and Christmas motets by Poulenc and Villette. Dec. 5, 8-10 p.m. $33; discounts for advance purchase, seniors, students and those under age 30. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
ConcertsWoodside Village Band Christmas Concert
The Woodside Village Band will give its 2015 Christmas Concert in the sanctuary of the Woodside Village Church, performing works by George Gershwin, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Cole Porter, Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin and Sergei Prokofiev. A reception will follow in the Guild Hall. Dec. 5, 3-5 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside.
ConcertsSchola Cantorum: 'Rejoice! Rejoice!'
The 85 voices of Schola Cantorum will present a family concert, "Rejoice! Rejoice!", featuring a program with holiday carols and hymns, new commissioned works and unique classical pieces. Guest artists include tenor Kalil Wilson and concertmaster Robin Sharp on violin. Dec. 6, 3 p.m. $30 adult; $20 student age 21 or under. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Concerts'Let Heaven and Nature Sing'
Soli Deo Gloria, a 50-voice ensemble with members from throughout the Bay Area, will perform a holiday concert called "Let Heaven and Nature Sing." Accompanied by a full orchestra, the group will present a program with John Rutter's "Magnificat," various carols and original arrangements by Artistic Director Allen Simon. Dec. 6, $26 general; $21 student, senior; free for K-8 students. Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
ConcertsFoothill Symphonic Winds 35th Anniversary Concert
Led by David Bruce Adams, the Foothill Symphonic Winds will mark its 35th anniversary with a special program of musical anniversary tributes, including "Finlandia" by Jean Sibelius; "Promising Skies" by Robert W. Smith; and "Hail! California," composed by Camille Saint-Saens. Dec. 6, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $10 general; $5 student, senior. Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
ConcertsSchola Seraphica Christmas Concert
Conducted by Margaret Sullivan Durando, Schola Seraphica will offer a Christmas concert honoring St. Nicholas with liturgical classical music in the setting of St. Patrick's Seminary. Pieces will be performed by students of Saint Francis High School and adults. Dec. 6, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $20 general; $15 senior, student. St. Patrick's Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
ConcertsMontclair Women's Big Band
The Montclair Women's Big Band, a 17-piece ensemble featuring talented jazzwomen from the San Francisco Bay Area, will return to the Menlo Park Library for a free after-hours concert, funded by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Dec. 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
Concerts'A Chanticleer Christmas'
Chanticleer, the Grammy Award-winning male choral ensemble, will come to Memorial Church to perform the latest iteration of "A Chanticleer Christmas," a holiday program combining Renaissance polphony, Gregorian chant, African-American spirituals and traditional carols. Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. $60 general. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Concerts12 Days of Christmas: Piano Concert
Little House Activity Center will celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas from Dec. 8 to Dec. 23. The third day will offer a piano concert by local musician Elliot Johnston, who will play various holiday favorites. Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park.
ConcertsThe John Pizzarelli Quartet
As part of the Oshman Family JCC's Jazz Giants series, guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli will lead his band in a jazz performance, drawing from the Great American Songbook and beyond in creating an atmosphere of cool. Dec. 11, 8-9:30 p.m. $55 first three rows; $40 general; $25 youth under age 18; $35 member, J-Pass; $45 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
ConcertsSilicon Valley Boychoir: ''Tis the Season'
Composed of over 70 boys, the Silicon Valley Boychoir will sing a family-friendly concert of holiday music, with a program including works by Bob Chilcott, J.S. Bach and Randall Thompson and classics songs including "Sleigh Ride" and "Auld Lang Syne." Dec. 12, 4 p.m. $15 general; $10 student, senior; free for ages under 5. Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
ConcertsSilicon Valley Ball
The third annual Silicon Valley Ball will offer performances by American rock sensation and actor Chris Isaak, dynamic blues artist Daniel Castro, the high-energy Pat Travers band and Motown Groove from Top Shelf Band. The event will spread across four venues and also include a dessert extravaganza. Dec. 12, 8 p.m.-midnight. $100. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City.
Concerts'A Winter Prelude'
The Peninsula Women's Chorus will kick off its 49th season reflecting on the power of change and its impact on the world and human beings. The program will include pieces by Emma Lou Diemer, Andrew Carter and Francis Poulenc. Dec. 12, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $30 general; $35 premium; $10 student. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
ConcertsThe Gryphon Carolers Holiday Concert
Bay Area musicians Ed Johnson and Carol McComb will join the Gryphon Carolers to usher in the season with an eclectic selection of tunes, ranging from sublime to zany and originating from places including Ireland and Brazil. See website for ticket pricing. Dec. 12, 7-9:30 p.m. $15-$30. Canada College, Main Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City.
Concerts'A Windham Hill Winter Solstice'
Celebrated musicians and composers Barbara Higbie (voice, fiddle, piano), Will Ackerman (guitar) and Alex de Grassi (guitar) will team up for a concert celebrating the winter solstice. The program will include both seasonal classics and original pieces. Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. $15-$78. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
ConcertsHoliday Concert at CSMA
Merit Scholarship Student Ensembles from the Community School of Music and Arts will perform favorite selections in celebration of the holidays. Dec. 12, 5-6 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
ConcertsSinger-songwriter Nancy Cassidy
Local singer-songwriter Nancy Cassidy will perform a free concert of American classics and original compositions, ideal for ages 13 to 103. The show is presented by the Menlo Park Library. Dec. 12, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
ConcertsFortnightly Music Club concert
The December concert of the Fortnightly Music Club will include performances of Poulenc's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, soprano arias by Puccini and Floyd, songs by Schubert and Sartori and Quarantotto, and Beethoven's Septet, Op. 20. Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
ConcertsHoliday Organ Recital: Robert Huw Morgan
Dr. Robert Huw Morgan, Stanford University's organist, will give his annual holiday recital, presented by the Office for Religious Life at Stanford in partnership with the Department of Music. Dec. 13, 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
The women's vocal ensemble Kitka will perform "Wintersongs," a program with seasonal music from various Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions. Pieces to be sung include lively Slavic folk carols and ethereal sacred works. Dec. 13, 4-6 p.m. $10-$40. St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.
ConcertsUUCPA Christmas Concert: 'The Sounding Joy!'
The Adult Choir at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto will perform a program called "The Sounding Joy! Songs of the Season," which will feature Daniel Pinkham's "Christmas Cantata" with brass ensemble and organ. Special guest artists The LyriCats and Jieyin Wu will also take part. Dec. 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Dec. 13, 3-5 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
ConcertsVoices of Music: 'Virtuoso Italian Concertos'
Voices of Music will celebrate the holidays with an evening of virtuoso concertos by Corelli, Torelli and Vivaldi. Soloists will include Cynthia Miller Freivogel, Lisa Grodin, Carla Moore, Elisabeth Reed, David Tayler, Tanya Tomkins and Hanneke van Proosdij. Dec. 17, 8 p.m. $40 adult; $35 senior, member; $5 student with photo ID. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
ConcertsMain Stage Concert: 'Farewell to 2015'
The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra will bid farewell to 2015 with a concert program with four all-star musicians performing Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante; three young violinists taking on Bach's Concerto for Three Violins; two soloists leading the string section in Copland's "Quiet City"; and one chamber orchestra presenting Haydn's "Farewell" symphony. Jan. 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
ConcertsUSAF Band of the Golden West Chamber Players
The Band of the Golden West Chamber Players, composed of Airmen-musicians, will offer a program featuring a variety of musical styles and talents, including soloists and small ensembles. The doors will open at 7 p.m.; seating is limited. Jan. 23, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
ConcertsVoices of Music: 'La Bella più Bella'
This Voices of Music concert program will include duets and instrumental music from Europe and the New World, featuring sopranos Jennifer Ellis Kampani and Catherine Webster. Pieces to be performed include music by Buxtehude, Monteverdi and Purcell, as well as villancicos from the New World. Jan. 28, 8 p.m. $40 adult; $35 senior, member; $35, $5 student with photo ID. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Concerts20152016 Winter Series: The Chamber Music Society quartet
At this Music@Menlo Winter series event, Gilles Vonsattel (piano), Arnaud Sussmann (violin), Paul Neubauer (viola) and Paul Watkins (cello) -- a powerhouse quartet from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center -- will perform a program including pieces by Beethoven, Dohnanyi and Dvorak. Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. $52/$47 full price; $25/$20 under age 30. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
ConcertsVoices of Music: 'The Art of the Countertenor'
Christopher Lowrey, a countertenor sensation from London, will join Voices of Music for a program of arias by Handel, Bach and Vivaldi that range from beautiful sacred music to dramatic opera arias. March 17, 8 p.m. $40 adult; $35 senior, member; $5 student with photo ID. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
ConcertsMain Stage Concert: 'Revolutionaries'
This San Francisco Chamber Orchestra program will showcase a new work by Amy X Neuburg, "Hunger Strike," featuring her own vocals and the Bay Area string quartet Squid Inc. Other works to be performed are Stravinksy's Suite No. 1 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. April 30, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto .
Concerts20152016 Winter Series: Wu Han-Setzer-Finckel Piano Trio
Violinist Philip Setzer will join David Finckel (cello) and Wu Han (piano), Music@Menlo's artistic directors, in performing a program of three revered piano trios by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Brahms. May 8, 6 p.m. $52/$47 full price; $25/$20 under age 30. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.