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Stu Rosner

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Three out of six

Bach wrote a cantata for each of the six feast days of Christmas, and you’ll hear half of them when the Handel and Haydn Society’s Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus present “Christmas Oratorio.” Cantata I tells the story of the birth of Jesus; II is about the annunciation to the shepherds; VI is the adoration of the Magi. You’ll have to get III, IV, and V elsewhere. Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. (Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.; talks one hour before each concert). $20-$78. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-266-3605.


Lucky seven Since 1966, Boston-area photographers have been getting together several times a year to talk about current photographic trends and critique their work. The PhotoGroup presents its “Seven Photographers” show of man-made landscapes, portraiture, travel, and abstract photography. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Dec. 31 (call before visiting). Free. Scandinavian Living Center Nordic Hall, 206 Waltham St., West Newton. 617-527-6566.

Visit the ReVision Your gifts of technology, ties, and trinkets might be upstaged by the funky “ReVision” furniture, jewelry, and other cool stuff created by teen artists from Artists for Humanity. At “The Greatest Gifts on Earth” holiday sale and party you can also decorate cookies and enjoy refreshments courtesy of La Fête Catering. 4-8 p.m. Free admission. Artists for Humanity EpiCenter, 100 West 2nd St., Boston. 617-268-7620.


Truth be told In his review of “John Wilson: Eternal Presence,” Globe critic Sebastian Smee wrote: “One of the things you notice first . . . is how attentive Wilson is to the faces of children. From his earliest days sketching his brother to his most recent large-scale drawings in charcoal, the impulse has remained the same: It is an impulse toward clarity, toward truth.” The retrospective by the 90-year-old artist has drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures. Wednesday noon-5 p.m. (through March 24). $11, $9 students and seniors, free under 17. The Danforth Museum of Art, 123 Union Ave., Framingham. 508-620-0050.


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Lesley’s own Vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Jeannie Gagné adds author to her creds with her new book, “Your Singing Voice: Contemporary Techniques, Expression and Spirit.” The Lesley University grad is joined by another Lesley alum at Celebration Soul-Jazz Concert. Stan Strickland is a vocalist, saxophonist, flutist, songwriter, and actor. Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. Free. Lesley University’s Marran Theater, 47 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-349-8455.

So nice Diana Krall and Dizzy Gillespie think the song “So Nice (Summer Samba)” is so nice that they recorded it. Brazilian singer-songwriter Marcos Valle will perform his tune and others backed by a Berklee College of Music ensemble. Dec. 13 at 8:15 p.m. $8, $16; $12, $22 day of show. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261. www.berklee

Joy to the world One gallery tips its hat to another at “Spectrum: A Selection of Artists From Joy Street Studios.” Brickbottom Gallery does the tipping at this group show by Somerville artists that includes David Cohen’s guitars and Jodi Colella’s sculptures. Dec. 13 from noon-5 p.m. (through Jan. 12). Free. Brickbottom Gallery, 1 Fitchburg St., Somerville. 617-776-3410.