Calendar: December 6-12, 2021

Thursday, December 9—Sunday, December 12

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale: Christmas Oratorio
The perfect start to the holiday season, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio combines the drama of an oratorio with the religiosity of a cantata, resulting in a piece of astonishingly vivid musical color and intensity of emotion—and sure to be thrillingly realized by the award-winning Philharmonia Chorale.

Time: Thursday, December 9, 7 PM; Friday, December 10, 7:30 PM; Saturday, December 11, 7 PM; Sunday, December 12, 4 PM: PDT
Cost: $15-$130.
Venue: 12/9, Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco; 12/10, Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford; 12/11+12, First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley.
More information HERE.

Saturday, December 11—Sunday, December 12

Vallejo Choral Society: An English Christmas
Vallejo Choral Society explores the rich tradition of English music written for the holiday season. Program includes carols from the 15th century, anthems drawn from the Anglican canon, and Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” featuring harpist Molly Langr.

Time: Saturday, December 11, 7 PM; Sunday, December 12, 3 PM: PDT
Cost: Free, but registration is required.
Venue: 12/11: Community Congregational
1305 W 2nd St., Benicia; 12/12: First Presbyterian Church,1350 Amador St., Vallejo.
More information HERE.

Saturday, December 11

Musae: Carols & Hymns
San Francisco-based women’s vocal ensemble Musae sings music spanning the centuries, from medieval hymns, carols, and conducti, and early Renaissance fauxbourdon, to contemporary compositions.

Time: 8 PM: PDT
Cost: $25 in person/by donation for livestream only.
Venue: Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco.
More information HERE.

Sunday, December 12

Pacific Edge Voices: Heaven Full of Stars
As the temperature drops and the nights get longer, join Pacific Edge Voices in celebrating the celestial beauty of the season. Includes J.S. Bach’s cantata BWV 191 Gloria in Excelsis Deo.

Time: 7 PM: PDT
Cost: $15-$25.
Venue: Saint Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco.
More information HERE.

Written by Heidi Waterman