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Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra in Portola Valley
For its fourth program of the 2014-15 season, Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra will perform Bedrich Smetana's "Overture to the Bartered Bride," Johannes Brahms' Concert for Violin and Cello in A minor (with Craig Reis, violin, and Richard Andaya, cello) and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor. April 25, 8-10 p.m. $15-$25. Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
 

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Menlo Park Chorus Spring Concert
The Menlo Park Chorus's seasonal performance, entitled "Around the World in 80 Minutes," will include Vivaldi's "Gloria," other international works and a few featured soloists. April 25, 7:30-9 p.m. $15 general; $12 senior, student; free for ages under 12. Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park.

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'An Italian Lineage'
Dr. Paul Flight will lead the 25-voice California Bach Society in an Italian program, featuring a recently discovered double-choir mass by Domenico Scarlatti, Verdi's "Ave Maria," the 20th-century "Messa di Requiem" by Ildebrando Pizzetti, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's "Romancero Gitano" for choir and solo guitar. April 25, 8-10 p.m. $33; discounts available for seniors, students, under age 30, advance purchase. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

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San Francisco Chamber Orchestra: 'The Romantics'
In this Main Stage Concert conducted by Benjamin Simon, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra will perform Romantic works by Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms. Cellist Sterling Elliot will be the featured soloist. April 25, 8-10 p.m. Free. First Palo Alto United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra in Los Altos
For its fourth program of the 2014-15 season, Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra will perform Bedrich Smetana's "Overture to the Bartered Bride," Johannes Brahms' Concert for Violin and Cello in A minor (with Craig Reis, violin, and Richard Andaya, cello) and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor. April 26, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $25 adult; $20 senior (age 60 plus); $15 student (ages 18-25). Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Road, Los Altos.
 

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Imani Winds
Imani Winds, an acclaimed wind quintet known for its culturally diverse repertoire, will offer a program featuring both Felix Mendelssohn's Scherzo from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "So What" by Miles Davis. April 26, 2:30 p.m. $30-$60. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
 

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Ensemble San Francisco performance
In this classical music program, Ensemble San Francisco members Jonah Kim and Christine McLeavey Payne will perform Samuel Barber's romantic Sonata for Cello and Piano. They will be joined by Elina Lev of the San Francisco Symphony for Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor. April 26, 4-6 p.m. $25 general; $15 student, senior. Christ Church, 815 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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New Esterházy Quartet: 'Haydn & His Students VII'
The New Esterházy Quartet will present a concert program featuring "the alpha and omega" of Haydn string quartets -- Joseph Haydn's Op. 1, No. 0 and Ludwig van Beethoven's Op. 131, arguably the "farthest out" string quartet written by Haydn student. Quartet in C, Op. 2, by Paul Struck, another of Haydn's students, will also be performed. April 26, 4-6 p.m. $25. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

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Ragazzi Boys Chorus with 'A Choral Wreath'
Bodhi Tree Concerts North will present a concert program called "A Choral Wreath" featuring the Ragazzi Boys Chorus. Proceeds from the performance will benefit Music for Minors, a Bay Area nonprofit that brings music education to public schools. May 2, 7:30 p.m. $25. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St., Redwood City.

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'Russian Spirit, Russian Land'
Slavyanka Chorus will present "Russian Spirit, Russian Land," a concert of sacred hymns and secular songs from Russia's musical traditions. Pieces to be performed include ancient monastic chants, Cossack songs and liturgical hymns from Russian composers, all rarely heard outside Russia. May 2, 3-5 p.m. $20 general; $18 student, senior; free for children under age 12. First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto.
 

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Stanford Taiko Spring Concert
Stanford University student group Stanford Taiko will present a spring concert full of the thundering sound of Japanese drums. May 2, 7:30 p.m. $15 general; $10 student, senior; free for Stanford students with ID. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
 

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Collage Vocal Ensemble: 'There Was a Tree'
The Collage Vocal Ensemble will present a concert called "There Was a Tree: Songs of Flowers, Trees, Birds and Bees," featuring a program that includes Eric Whitacre's "Three Flower Songs," jazz standards by Cole Porter and Joseph Kosma, Broadway hits from "The Secret Garden" and Leonard Bernstein's "Candide," and more. May 3, 3-5 p.m. $15 suggested donation. St. Bede's Church, 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.
 

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San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra: 'Fauna'
In the concert "Fauna," the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra will play both classical and contemporary music inspired by the animal kingdom. May 3, 4-6:30 p.m. $18 regular; $10 senior, student. All Saint's Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

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Mandolinist Avi Avital
Stanford Live will welcome Israeli musician Avi Avital, who will perform a concert on mandolin of Baroque, 20th-century and original music. May 3, 2:30 p.m. $30-$60. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.

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Avi Avital on mandolin
For this Stanford Live Informance, the Community School of Music and Arts will host Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital, who will discuss his work and perform musical excerpts of his repertoire of Baroque, 20th-century and new music. May 4, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

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MVWSD Choralfest
Student choirs from throughout the Mountain View-Whisman School District will perform in the 14th annual Choralfest, this year entitled "Music Makes Me Proud!" The event is co-sponsored by the Community School of Music and Arts, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View Educational Foundation and the Los Altos Mountain View PTA Council. May 4, 5-8 p.m. Free. Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View.
 

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Pamela Decker organ recital
Pamela Decker, organ and music theory professor at University of Arizona and organist at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Tucson, will perform a recital of organ music. May 6, 7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

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ECYS Ice Cream Social Concert
This festive concert will combine performances by El Camino Youth Symphony's orchestras and ensembles with all-you-can-eat ice cream. May 9, 6:15 p.m. $15. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

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Peninsula Women's Chorus: 'Healing River'
The Peninsula Women's Chorus will offer two performances of its spring concert "Healing River," a combination of American and Latin American favorites including "Jubilate Deo," "I Live in Pain" and "Healing River." The performances are a prelude to the group's summer tour to Argentina. May 9 and 17, 2:30-5:30 p.m. $30 general; $10 student. Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.

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Mother's Day Concert
Merit Scholarship Student Ensembles from the Community School of Music and Arts will perform special selections to celebrate Mother's Day. May 9, 2-3 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

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Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra
Jindong Cai will conduct the Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra in two concerts, with a program including Milhaud's "La creation du monde," Ravel's "Le tombeau de Couperin," and Brahms' Concerto for Violin and Cello. Chen Zhao, violin, and Sebastian Gingras, cello, from the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra will serve as guest artists. May 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; May 10, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $10-$20. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
 

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'In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles'
In this family-friendly performance, the story of the Beatles will be told through the eyes of their manager Brian Epstein as the tribute band Abbey Road plays 33 classics from throughout the Beatles' run. May 15, 8-10:30 p.m. $35-$55. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.
 

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Winter Series: Clarinet Celebration
Clarinetists David Shifrin and Romie de Guise-Langlois will join with with violinist Arnaud Sussmann and pianist Hyeyeon Park play a program of works for clarinet and ensemble. May 17, 4 p.m. $50/$45 general; $25/$20 under age 30. The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
 

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Peninsula Women's Chorus: 'Healing River'
The Peninsula Women's Chorus will offer two performances of its spring concert "Healing River," a combination of American and Latin American favorites including "Jubilate Deo," "I Live in Pain" and "Healing River." The performances are a prelude to the group's summer tour to Argentina. May 9 and 17, 2:30-5:30 p.m. $30 general; $10 student. Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.

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'Jewish Music of the Baroque'
The Albany Consort, led by Jonathan Salzedo, will perform a concert with period instruments and a full chorus of Baroque music with Hebrew words. The music was originally performed between the 16th and 18th centuries in Jewish communities in the Netherlands, France and Italy. May 17, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

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Gunn Choir Spring Concert
At this annual performance, Gunn Choir will perform its spring repertoire and honor its graduating seniors. May 28, 7:30 p.m. $7 general; $5 student. Gunn High School, Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Robert Huw Morgan Commencement Recital
Stanford University Organist Dr. Robert Huw Morgan will present his annual Commencement recital at the end of the academic year. June 12, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.