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ConcertsRedwood Symphony concert
Redwood Symphony will kick off its 30th season with a performance of Gustav Mahler's emotional Symphony No. 9. A pre-concert talk will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 22, 8-10 p.m. $25 general; $10 student; $30 at the door; free for ages 17 and under. Canada College Main Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside.
ConcertsBay Choral Guild with 'Ein deutsches Requiem'
Bay Choral Guild will perform Johannes Brahms' dramatic "German Requiem" in a concert directed by Sanford Dole and featuring soloists Jennifer Ashworth (soprano) and Ben Kazez (baritone). Nov. 23, 4:30-6:30 p.m. $25 general; $20 senior; $5 student. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
ConcertsPeninsula Symphony Holiday Concert
Mitchell Sardou Klein will conduct the Peninsula Symphony in two joint holiday concerts with the Stanford University Symphonic Chorus. The program will feature Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2, "Lobgesang." Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 23, 1:30 p.m. $20. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
ConcertsThe SFJAZZ Monday Night Band
Community members can enjoy a glass of wine with a free concert by this jazz band led by Adam Theis. Nov. 24, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
ConcertsRon Carter and His Trio
The Oshman Family JCC's Jazz Giants Series will continue with a performance by Ron Carter, a Grammy Award-winner and jazz bassist, and his trio. Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. $40-$60 in advance; $60-$70 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
ConcertsStanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble fall concert
The Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble will present its first performance of the academic year, with a program of new works covering the full spectrum of Afro-Latin Jazz, including Salsa, jazz, Timba, Son and Mambo. Dec. 4, 7:30-10 p.m. $15 general; $10 senior, student. Campbell Recital Hall, Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
ConcertsBay Bells: Our Holiday Favorites
Bay Bells, a local community handbell ensemble, will celebrate the holiday season with a show including "Ukrainian Bell Carol," "Joy to the World," "Ocho Kandelikas," "What Child is This," and others. Dec. 5, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $5. Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
ConcertsPeninsula Symphony Woodwind Quintet
A quintet from the Peninsula Symphony Winds -- Dane Carlson, David Latulippe, Sue Macy, Brian Holmes and Juliet Hamak -- will perform an eclectic program of classics and popular music from different countries. Dec. 5, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
ConcertsGuitarists Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gully
For this Redwood Bluegrass Associates event, guitarists Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gully will perform a set of bluegrass music, joined by players on banjo, mandolin and bass. The duo have sung "mountain music" together for many years. Community members are invited to join a jam session preceding the show at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 7-10 p.m. $25 advance; $20 at the door; half price for teens; free under age 13. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1715 Grant Road, Los Altos.
Concerts'A German Christmas'
For this California Bach Society concert, Paul Flight will lead the 30-voice choir and a Baroque consort of sackbuts, bassoons and organ in music for the Nativity from across the centuries. Pieces will include familiar German carols; festive works by SchŁtz, Praetorius, Mendelssohn and Reger; and Distler's "Lo, how a rose." Dec. 6, 8-10 p.m. $33 (discounts for seniors, students, under 30 and in advance). All Saints' Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
Concerts'Music and Poetry'
The Palo Alto Philharmonic will hold its Orchestra Concert II, "Music and Poetry," with a program including pieces by Robert Schumann, Roberto Sierra, Hector Berlioz and Franz Liszt. The piece by Roberto Sierra, "Beyond the Silence of Sorrow," will feature soprano Jouvanca Jean-Baptiste. Dec. 6, 8 p.m. $22 general; $18 Senior (age 62 plus); $10 student. Cubberley Community Center Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
ConcertsPeninsula Women's Chorus at St. Mark's
The Peninsula Women's Chorus will perform its winter concert, "Portal to the Season," including the music of Veljo Tornis, Pau Casals, John Rutter and others, as well as the favorite, "Stille Nachte." Dec. 6, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $30 adult; $10 student. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
Concerts'20 Harps for the Holidays'
Harpeggio Music will put on a performance of its annual holiday concert, featuring harp solos, the studio ensemble of more than 20 harps, and guest artist Meko. Proceeds will support the organization's activities. Dec. 6, 4-6 p.m. $15 general; $12 senior (age 60 plus), child (ages 4-12). Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.
ConcertsFoothill Symphonic Winds Concert
For its fall concert, conductor David Bruce Adams will lead the 80-member Foothill Symphonic Winds in a program which includes "Rhapsody for Hanukkah," "I Wonder as I Wander," and pieces by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Henry Fillmore. Dec. 7, 3:30 p.m. $10 general; $5 student, senior. Cubberley Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
ConcertsEl Camino Wind Orchestra and Galbraith Honor Strings concert
El Camino Youth Symphony will hold a fall concert for two of its preparatory orchestras, the El Camino Wind Orchestra conducted by Dr. Richard Roper and Galbraith Honor Strings conducted by Dr. Camilla Kolchinsky. Dec. 7, 3:15 p.m. $8/$15. The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
ConcertsPeninsula Women's Chorus at Valley Presbyterian
The Peninsula Women's Chorus will perform its winter concert, "Portal to the Season," including the music of Veljo Tornis, Pau Casals, John Rutter and others, as well as the favorite, "Stille Nachte." Dec. 7, 7-9 p.m. $30 adult; $10 student. Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road, Portola Valley.
Concerts'A Thousand Noels'
In this concert, Soli Deo Gloria and Orchestra Gloria will perform festive works by Charpentier, Buxtehude and Zelenka, as well as new compositions by Artistic Director Allen H. Simon. Dec. 7, 4:30-6 p.m. $26 general; $21 student, senior. First Baptist Church of Palo Alto, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Concerts'Festival of Carols'
In conjunction with the Nativity Church Community, Schola Seraphica will perform its annual Christmas concert, under the guidance of local choral talent Margaret Sullivan Durando. Dec. 7, 2:30-4:15 p.m. $20 general; $15 senior, student. St. Patrick's Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
Schola Cantorum, a 90-voice adult classical choir in the Bay Area, will give a holiday concert called "Joyeux NoŽl" with a program including Marc-Antoine Charpentier's "Midnight Mass for Christmas" and familiar seasonal songs. Dec. 7, 3 p.m. $30 adult; $25 senior; $20 student (age 21 and under). Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
ConcertsChamber Players and Camerata concert
This El Camino Youth Symphony event will feature two preparatory groups, the Chamber Players and Camerata orchestras, and include performances by student soloists. The groups will be conducted by Dr. Michail Gelfandbein. Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m. $8/$15. The Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
ConcertsThe Gryphon Carolers
The Gryphon Carolers will celebrate 32 years of performing its not-so-traditional music with an eclectic holiday concert of song and instrumentals, ranging from Celtic music to Brazilian Jazz vocals. Dec. 13, 7-10 p.m. $25 adult; $20 senior (over age 65); $15 teen; $10 child (under age 12). Canada College Theater, Building 3, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside.
ConcertsPeninsula Women's Chorus at St. Mark's (2)
The Peninsula Women's Chorus will perform its winter concert, "Portal to the Season," including the music of Veljo Tornis, Pau Casals, John Rutter and others, as well as the favorite, "Stille Nachte." Dec. 13, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $30 adult; $10 student. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
Concerts'Making Spirits Bright!'
Silicon Valley Boychoir -- composed of 65 boys from Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Los Altos and surrounding communities -- will present their family-friendly, holiday concert, "Making Spirits Bright!" Dec. 14, 4-5 p.m. $10-$25; free for children under age 5. First Baptist Church of Palo Alto, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.
For this Main Stage Concert, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra will perform works by Mozart, Prokofiev and Mendelssohn. Benjamin Simon will conduct, and Stephen Warts will be the featured violinist. Jan. 1, 3-5 p.m. Free. First Palo Alto United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
Concerts'The Great Poets'
Voices of Music will perform an evening of 17th-century poetry and music called "The Great Poets: From Shakespeare to Dryden," joined by Anna Dennis (soprano) from London. The program will include music by Dowland, Johnson, Ferrabosco, Lanier and more. Jan. 23, 8 p.m. $5-$40. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
ConcertsWinter Series: Jerusalem Quartet
The acclaimed Jerusalem Quartet will make its Music@Menlo debut, performing a few string quartet masterpieces. Feb. 22, 4 p.m. $50/$45 general; $25/$20 under age 30. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto .
Concerts'Stabat Mater' and 'Vanitas, Vanitatum'
Voices of Music will bring together a strong vocal cast for renditions of Agostino Steffani's "Stabat Mater" and the Carissimi oratorio, "Vanitas, Vanitatum." March 19, 8 p.m. $5-$40. All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
ConcertsGunn Choir Guest Artist Concert
Gunn High School's choir will welcome vocalist Michelle Jordan to accompany it at this upcoming performance. April 1, 7:30 p.m. $7 general; $5 student. Saint Mark's Epsicopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
ConcertsWinter 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.
ConcertsGunn 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.