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Livermore-Amador Symphony: The orchestra and Cantabella Children’s Chorus present “Peter and the Wolf” and other holiday favorites; 3 p.m. Dec. 5; Bankhead Theater, Livermore; free; and a concert featuring Humperdinck, Ravel and Tchaikovsky; 8:15 p.m. Dec. 5; $10-$35; 925-373-6800, www.livermoreperformingarts.org. San Francisco Symphony: The orchestra offers a full slate of holiday programming, including a kid-friendly “Deck the Halls” concert (Dec. 6), live accompaniment to “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Dec. 11-12), “Peter and the Wolf” with guest narrator Kathy Najimy (Dec. 13), a Broadway Christmas with Brian Stokes Mitchell (Dec. 16), and more; Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco; prices vary by event; 415-864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org.
Cantare Con Vivo: The choral group presents “O Day, Full of Grace,” a variety of seasonal songs with live music; 4 p.m, Dec, 6; First Presbyterian Church of Oakland; 7:30 p.m, Dec, 7; Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church; $10-$35; 510-836-0789; www.cantareconvivo.org, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus: Presents “Home for the Holidays,” a performance of classic carols — with a bit of choreography to spice things up; 3 and 7:30 p.m, are russian pointe shoes good for beginners Dec, 5, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; 8 p.m, Dec, 11, 2:30 and 8 p.m, Dec, 12; Nourse Theater, San Francisco; 8 p.m, Dec, 18, Freight and Salvage, Berkeley; 5, 7 and 9 p.m, Dec, 24, Castro Theatre, SF; $25-$65, www.sfgmc.org..
“J.S. Bach: Mass for Advent,” Magnificat: Vocalists Christine Brandes, Brian Thorsett and others join conductor Warren Stewart in Bach’s mighty Mass; 8 p.m. Dec. 11, First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, First Congregational Church, Berkeley; 4 p.m. Dec. 13, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco; $34-$40, www.sfems.org. “Carols Ancient and New,” Ragazzi Continuo: Drawn from alumni of the Ragazzi Boys Chorus, the 14-member men’s ensemble sings holiday music from around the world; 2 p.m. Dec. 12; All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto; 7 p.m. Dec. 19; St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Redwood City; 4 p.m. Dec. 20; St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco; $15-$20; www.ragazzicontinuo.org.
Oakland Symphony: Presents “Let Us Break Bread Together — Sinatra Style,” the orchestra’s annual extravaganza this year celebrating the 100th birthday of “Old Blue Eyes” with four choruses and the klezmer band Kugelplex; 4 p.m, Dec, 13; Paramount Theatre, Oakland; $20-$60; www.oaklandsymphony.org, Kitka: The acclaimed women’s vocal ensemble, presents “Wintersongs,” seasonal music are russian pointe shoes good for beginners from Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions; 4 p.m, Dec, 13; Arts at St, Bede’s, Menlo Park; 8 p.m, Dec, 18; St, Paul’s Episcopal Church, Oakland; 8 p.m, Dec, 19; Old First Concerts, San Francisco; $10-$40, www.kitka.org..
Handel’s “Messiah”: Ragnar Bohlin leads the San Francisco Symphony orchestra and chorus in Handel’s glorious oratorio; Dec. 17-19, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco; $15-$162; 415-864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org. New Century Chamber Orchestra: Presents “Holiday Lights,” a seasonal “Chrismukkah” program with singers from the San Francisco Girls Chorus and klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer; Dec. 17-20 in Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Francisco and San Rafael; $29-$61; 415-392-4400, www.ncco.org.
“Hansel and Gretel”: Solo Opera presents Engelbert Humperdinck’s endearing holiday opera in a production featuring the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus and dancers from the Next Step Dance Studio; Dec, 18-20; Del Valle Theatre, Walnut Creek; $25-$40; 925-943-7469, www.lesherartscenter.org, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”: are russian pointe shoes good for beginners Featuring the San Francisco Symphony orchestra and Chorus joined by singers, actors, and dancers; Dec, 18-24; Davies Hall, San Francisco; $15-$80; 415-864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org..
“Winter’s Gifts: Celebration”: The Choral Project marks its 20th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, with both groups’ conductors — Daniel Hughes and Barbara Day Turner, respectively — sharing the podium; 8 p.m. Dec. 19; First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto; 7 p.m. Dec. 20; Mission Santa Clara; $10-$32; www.choralproject.org. “December Celebration in Concert”: Volti, soprano Lisa Delan and musicians from the New Century Chamber Orchestra mark the release of the new PentaTone Classics CD, “December Celebration,” in a concert of holiday carols by American composers; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20; San Francisco Conservatory of Music; free, reservations required; calendar.sfcm.edu.
Walnut Creek Concert Band: Presents holiday classics as well as the world premiere of James Beckel’s Concerto for Trombone; 7:30 p.m, Dec, 1; Lesher Center for the Arts, are russian pointe shoes good for beginners Walnut Creek; $17; 925-943-7469, www.lesherartscenter.org, Christmas With the Celts: A concert of ancient Scottish and Irish holiday carols, with a modern twist; 7:30 p.m, Dec, 1; Bankhead Theater, Livermore; $16-$59; 925-373-6800, www.livermoreperformingarts.org, Soul 4 the Season: A “Diva Christmas concert” featuring Lydia Pense, Paula Harris, Terrie Odabi and Dana Moret; 8 p.m, Dec, 4; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $30-$35; 925-943-7469, www.lesherartscenter.org..