Holiday music: Choral and classical 

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  • S.F. Gay Men’s Chorus vocalists Marina Harris and Matt Alber join the holiday program “Shine” at the opera house; the group also presents its 24th annual “Home for the Holidays” in three performances on Christmas Eve.
MESSIAHS

S.F. City Chorus: Larry Marietta directs the open-community chorus in the yearly “Sing-along Messiah.” Scores are provided. 3 p.m. Dec. 1, $10. Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 201 Eucalyptus St., S.F., www.sfcitychorus.org/messiah

Handel’s Sing it Yourself Messiah: Directed by Urs Leonhardt Steiner, the S.F. Sinfonietta Orchestra and Chorus present the event. 7 p.m. Dec. 2, $15-$30. Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

American Bach Soloists: This year’s soloists include Shawnette Sulker, Eric Jurenas, Aaron Sheehan and Mischa Bouvier. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11-12, $15-$94. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F., www.americanbach.org

Messiah Sing Along/Play Along: Stephen Sano conducts. Orchestral parts are provided; singers may purchase scores at the door. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, $10-$15, Memorial Church, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, http://arts.stanford.edu/event/annual-messiah-sing-along-play-along

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Nicholas McGegan guest-conducts the chorale and soloists. 7 p.m. Dec. 14, $30-$75. Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, Bancroft Way at Dana Street, Berkeley, http://calperfs.berkeley.edu

Schola Cantorum: The 100-voice choir performs a singalong “Messiah.” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, $16-$30. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, www.scholacantorum.org

S.F. Symphony and Chorus: The City’s top orchestra presents three performances of Handel’s masterwork. 8 p.m. Dec. 19-21, $18.50-$152. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

S.F. Academy Orchestra: Alden Gilchrist conducts the group’s fifth annual “Sing-It-Yourself-Messiah” with a free practice workshop at 10 a.m. Dec. 21 at the same location. 5 p.m. Dec. 22, $15-$25. Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F., www.sfacademyorchestra.org

CLASSICAL

Clerestory Christmas: The nine-member male chorus performs an American holiday program. 8 p.m. Nov. 30, $15-$25. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F., www.clerestory.org

S.F. Gay Men’s Chorus: Vocalists Marina Harris and Matt Alber join the holiday program “Shine” at the opera house; the group also presents its 24th annual “Home for the Holidays” in three performances on Christmas Eve. 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at War Memorial Opera House, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; and 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 24 at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F., $25-$75, www.sfgmc.org

S.F. Girls Chorus: “Chorus of the Bells” and other traditional favorites are on the program. 8 p.m. Dec. 6, $26-$36. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, www.cityboxoffice.com

S.F. Bach Choir: Rarely heard 16th-century works are featured in “In Dulci Jubilo! A Candlelight Christmas.” 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 4 p.m. Dec. 8, $25-$30. Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F., www.sfbach.org

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir: The holiday concert features guests Tuck & Patti and Imani Ya Watume Liturgical Dance Company. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, $12-$42. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.paramounttheatre.com

S.F. Conservatory of Music: Ragnar Bohlin directs the conservatory’s chamber choir ensemble in a sacred and secular concert. 8 p.m. Dec. 7, free. Concert Hall, 50 Oak St., S.F., www.sfcm.edu

Ragazzi Boys Chorus: “A Cheerful Noise” includes works by Mozart, Purcell, Handel, Biebl and Halley. 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.; 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Cunningham Memorial Chapel, Notre Dame de Namur University, 1500 Ralston Ave, Belmont, $10-$27, www.Ragazzi.org

Alumnae Chorus: Alumnae of the San Francisco Girls Chorus perform “Make a Joyful Noise,” a program of traditional favorites and modern works. 8 p.m. Dec. 13, $14-$17. Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F., www.oldfirstconcerts.org

A Cathedral Christmas: Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys celebrates its centenary with a program including Benjamin Britten’s St. Nicolas cantata. 3 p.m. Dec. 14-15, $15-$50. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir: The youngsters appear in the “Candlelight Concert” series. 3 p.m. Dec. 15, $14-$17. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F., www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Oakland East Bay Symphony: Michael Morgan conducts the symphony and choral groups in the vibrant “Let Us Break Bread Together.” 4 p.m. Dec. 15, $20-$75. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.oebs.org

Ragazzi Continuo: The a cappella men’s choir composed of alumni of Ragazzi Boys Chorus presents “Mary Had a Baby: A Christmas Celebration.” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Christ Church Parish, 770 North El Camino Real, San Mateo; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at Trinity St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1668 Bush St., S.F.; $15-$20, www.RagazziContinuo.org

Chanticleer: The Grammy Award-winning male choir recounts the Christmas story in its church-set holiday program. 8 p.m. Dec. 15 and Dec. 22, $35-$65. St. Ignatius Church, University of San Francisco, 650 Parker St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

Celtic Yuletide Celebration: Golden Bough plays Old World carols from Ireland and Scotland. 8 p.m. Dec. 20, $14-$17. Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F., www.oldfirstconcerts.org

S.F. Renaissance Voices: “A Service of Lessons & Carols” is based on a tradition that began in 1918 at King’s College in England. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, free. Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Ave., S.F., http://www.sfrvoices.org

KITKA’s Wintersongs: Sacred and secular tunes from Slavic, Baltic, Balkan, Jewish and Bosnian-Muslim traditions make up the women ensemble’s program. 8 p.m. Dec. 21, $15-$25. Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F., www.oldfirstconcerts.org

San Francisco Symphony: “’Twas the Night” features carols with the S.F. Symphony Chorus and soprano Lisa Vroman. 4 p.m. Dec. 22, 8 p.m. Dec. 23, 11 a.m. Dec. 24, $15-$75. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Magnificat: In collaboration with the Whole Noyse Renaissance Wind Band, the early music group presents “A Venetian Christmas Mass.” 4 p.m. Dec. 22, $30-$35. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F., www.sfems.org

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