Holiday classical music picks
HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY: HANDEL’S ‘MESSIAH’ Under the direction of Harry Christophers, with vocal soloists Sophie Bevan, Emily Marvosh, James Gilchrist, and Christopher Purves. Nov. 27-29, Symphony Hall. 617-266-3605, www.handelandhaydn.org. Also from H&H, “A Bach Christmas,” Dec. 17 and 20 in Jordan Hall.
BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL: ‘ACIS AND GALATEA’ Gilbert Blin’s staging of Handel’s beloved opera, with Aaron Sheehan, Teresa Wakim, Douglas Williams, and Jason McStoots. Nov. 28 at 8 p.m., Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. Jordan Hall. 617-661-1812, www.bemf.org. Also from BEMF: The Tallis Scholars on Dec. 12 in St. Paul Church in Cambridge.
BOSTON POPS The BSO rolls out its Holiday Pops programming starting on Dec. 2, with the orchestra led by Keith Lockhart. Through Dec. 31, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org
CHAMELEON ARTS ENSEMBLE: ‘BRANDENBURG’ Concertos A festive traversal of Bach’s complete “Brandenburgs” offered by an expanded roster of players. Dec. 5 and 6, First Church in Boston. 617-427-8200, www.chameleonarts.org
A FAR CRY: ‘CHRISTMAS’ CONCERTO A sampling of Corelli’s Concerto Grossos (including his “Christmas” Concerto) paired with those of Handel. Dec. 5 at St. John’s Church in Jamaica Plain, Dec. 6 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 617-553-4887, www.afarcry.org
MUSICIANS OF THE OLD POST ROAD: ‘WINTER EVERGREEN’ Featuring a Christmas Cantata by Telemann and the regional premiere of “L’Hyver” by the French Baroque composer Gervais, among other works. Dec. 5 in Boston (Emmanuel Church) and Dec. 6 in Worcester. 781-466-6694, www.oldpostroad.org
BOSTON BAROQUE: HANDEL’S ‘MESSIAH’ Under the direction of Martin Pearlman, with vocal soloists Jeanine De Bique, Christopher Lowrey, Thomas Cooley, and Dashon Burton. Dec. 11-12, Jordan Hall. 617-987-8600, www.bostonbaroque.org. Also from Boston Baroque: Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” with violinist Christina Day Martinson, and his Concerto for Sopranino Recorder, with Aldo Abreu, on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, in Sanders Theatre.
BLUE HERON: ‘CHRISTMAS IN MEDIEVAL ENGLAND’ Motets by Leonel Power and John Dunstaple as well as English carols and other works, under the direction of Scott Metcalfe. Dec. 18-19, First Church in Cambridge. 617-960-7956, www.blueheronchoir.org
BOSTON CAMERATA: ‘MEDITERRANEAN CHRISTMAS’ A rich tapestry of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish early music from around the Mediterranean, directed by Anne Azema, and with the SHARQ Arabic Ensemble. Dec. 18 in Lexington, Dec. 19 in Newbury, Dec. 21 in Cambridge. Location details at 617-262-2092, www.bostoncamerata.org
CHORAL BOSTON In addition to the groups listed above, many of the city’s choruses have ambitious holiday plans. Among them: Spectrum Singers (Nov. 22), Boston Cecilia (Dec. 4 and 6), Zamir Chorale (Dec. 6), Musica Sacra (Dec. 12), Schola Cantorum (Dec. 18-19), Lorelei Ensemble (Dec. 18-19), Chorus pro Musica (Dec. 18), and Back Bay Chorale (Dec. 20).