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Montclair Women's Big Band
The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will present a performance by the Montclair Women's Big Band, a 17-piece all-female orchestra performing holiday swing, blues and other music. Dec. 18, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park.
 

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New Century Chamber Orchestra and SF Girls Chorus concert
New Century Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Girls Choir will perform a concert called "Holiday Favorites," featuring traditional corals and works by Handel, Corelli, Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach and others. Dec. 19, 8-10 p.m. $61 A Seating; $49 B Seating; $29 C Seating. First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.

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'Winter's Musical Glow'
The 70-voice Aurora Singers will perform a family-friendly program of traditional and modern holiday favorites, focusing on the sounds of musical instruments with pieces including "Sleigh Ride," "Carol of the Bells" and "A Peaceful Midnight Clear." The event will include sing-alongs and a reception. Dec. 19, 7 p.m. $10; free for children under age 6. Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
 

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South Bay Gospel Holiday Concert
The seventh annual South Bay Gospel Holiday Concert, featuring a multicultural group performing black gospel music, directed by Terrance Kelly, will include gospel arrangements of holiday favorites. Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m. $36 general; $31 senior, student; $28 child (age 12 and under). Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

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San Francisco Choral Artists: 'Postcards from Abroad'
San Francisco Choral Artists will present an international Christmas program, including a Kenyan call and response, "Dona Nobis Pacem" in a Korean folk style, an Armenian hymn and a premiere by American-Brazilian composer Daniel Afonso. Dec. 20, 8-10 p.m. $30 (discounts offered for advance purchase, seniors and students). St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.

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'Tidings of Comfort'
Ragazzi Continuo, the a cappella men's choir composed of alumni of the acclaimed Ragazzi Boys Chorus, will present a holiday concert "Tidings of Comfort." Dec. 21, 7 p.m. $15-$20. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St., Redwood City.
 

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Gunn Chamber Singers Holiday Concert
The Gunn Chamber Singers will offer a concert of festive, holiday songs. All proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund to help Gunn Choir students attend a trip to Italy over the summer. Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m. $10. Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley St., Palo Alto.
 

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California Pops Orchestra: 'Pops Very Merry Christmas'
The California Pops Orchestra will perform a holiday concert with both new and old favorites, including jazzy holiday hits, music from Disney's "Frozen" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas," and "White Christmas." Dec. 21, 3 p.m. $15-$37. Foothill College, Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos.

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New Year's Eve Organ Recital
Amelie's Angels, an association created in memory of Amelie Le Moullac, will present Jessie Jewitt playing the great Casavant organ of St. Mark's Episcopal Church. The program will include works by Bach, Boely, Franck, Topfer, Langlais and Vierne. All proceeds will benefit the children of Pacasse, Haiti. Dec. 31, 8-9 p.m. $25 general; $20 senior. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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'The Classics'
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.

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'A Flight of Fugues'
New Esterházy Quartet will celebrate the new year with their concert "A Flight of Fugues," presenting a range of fugues by composers including Froberger, Purcell, Haydn and Beethoven. Jan. 4, 4-6 p.m. $25 (discounts available for seniors, students, San Francisco Early Music Society members). All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

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Yiddish Art Trio CD Release
Yiddish Art Trio, an experimental group of klezmer and Yiddish music musicians from New York, will perform a house concert as part of it CD release tour. Contact the organizers for more details. Jan. 7, 8 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Private residence, Location provided upon registration, Mountain View.

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'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.

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Pianist Alexander Korsantia
Steinway Society The Bay Area will continue its 20th annual Piano Series with a performance by critically acclaimed Georgian pianist Alexander Korsantia, who will play pieces by Beethoven and Mussorgsky. Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. $40-$60. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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Igudesmen & Joo with 'A Little Nightmare Music'
Oshman Family JCC will host PBS favorites Igudesman & Joo, the avant-garde musical duo who will fuse classical music and comedy with "A Little Nightmare Music." Feb. 21, 5 p.m. $45-$55. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

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Winter 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 .

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Palo Alto Philharmonic Concert
For this Palo Alto Philharmonic Concert, the program will feature Sandra Wright Shen performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, Lee Actor's "Divertimento for Small Orchestra," Carl Nielsen's "Helios Overture" and Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 7. Feb. 27, 8 p.m. $24 general; $20 senior (age 62 plus); $12 student. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.

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'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.
 

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Gunn 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.

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Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra Concert IV
The Palo Alto Philharmonic will perform a program including Jennifer Higdon's "blue cathedral," Sergei Prokofiev's "Love for Three Oranges Suite," and Antonin Dvorak's Concerto for Violoncello. The featured soloist will be Michael Chung, winner of the 2013 Mondavi Young Artists Competition. April 11, 8 p.m. $22 general; $18 senior (age 62 plus); $10 student. Cubberley Community Center Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Winter 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.
 

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Gunn 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.