Classical Music

Holiday classical picks

Blue Heron will perform “Christmas in Medieval England” at First Church in Cambridge.
Blue Heron will perform “Christmas in Medieval England” at First Church in Cambridge.(Liz Linder)

Under the veteran direction of Harry Christophers, with vocal soloists Katherine Watson, Christine Rice, Allan Clayton, and Sumner Thompson. Dec. 1-3, Symphony Hall. Also from H&H: “A Bach Christmas,” Dec. 14 and 17 in Jordan Hall. 617-266-3605,

BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL: ALMIRA BEMF returns to Handel’s rarely spotted early opera, in a concert performance with a cast featuring Sherezade Panthaki, Amanda Forsythe, Colin Balzer, and Christian Immler. Nov. 25 at 8 p.m., Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. Jordan Hall. Also from BEMF: a holiday program with the Tallis Scholars on Dec. 8 in St. Paul Church in Cambridge.  617-661-1812,

BOSTON POPS The BSO rolls out its Holiday Pops programming starting on Dec. 5, with the orchestra led by Keith Lockhart. Through Dec. 31, Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

Under the tireless direction of Martin Pearlman, this year with vocal soloists Ava Pine, Paula Murrihy, Aaron Sheehan and Stephen Powell. Dec. 8-9, Jordan Hall. 617-987-8600, 

BOSTON CECILIA: A ROSE HAS SPRUNG A Christmas-themed program with works by Britten, Mendelssohn, Herbert Howells, and others, led by Daniel Mahoney. Dec. 8 in Boston (Church of the Advent); Dec. 10 in Brookline (All Saints Church). 617-232-4540,

Cantata Singers
Cantata Singers (Martha Stewart)

CANTATA SINGERS: NOEL: MUSIC FOR THE SEASON Works by Byrd, Harbison, Schütz, Holst and others, conducted by David Hoose. Dec. 9 in Cambridge (First Church), Dec. 10 in Needham (Powers Hall). 617-868-5885,

MUSICIANS OF THE OLD POST ROAD: FOLLOW THE STAR An evening of music composed for Epiphany, with works by Telemann, Geist, and Graupner. Dec. 15 in Boston (Emmanuel Church) and Dec. 17 in Worcester (First Unitarian). 781-466-6694,

BOSTON CAMERATA: FRENCH CHRISTMAS MUSIC, 1500-1700 A performance by candlelight of Charpentier’s “Messe de Minuit” and more. Dec. 18, 8 p.m., First Church in Cambridge. 617-262-2092, 

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. 22-23, First Church in Cambridge. 617-960-7956,

BOSTON BAROQUE: HANDEL + BACH Continuing its tradition for New Year’s Eve and Day, Boston Baroque offers Handel’s “Water Music” and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, Sanders Theatre. 617-987-8600,


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