Holiday music this weekend
There’s nothing like listening to people sing during the holidays, and this weekend there are several possibilities.
The venerable Mendelssohn Club — all of 103 years old — will give its annual holiday concert in “Let It Snow.” Under director Jeff Vredenburg, the all-male 65-voice chorus will sing holiday favorites as well as “O magnum mysterium,” “Shepherd’s Farewell,” “Child of God,” and a Hanukkah tune or two, including “We Are Lights.” The Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York and a select choir from Tamarac Elementary School will provide selections of their own. Michael Clement is the stalwart accompanist.
7:30 p.m. The Egg. $18. 428-5382; www.mendelssohn.org.
• Capital Community Voices, under longtime director Julie Panke, presents “The Gift of Joyful Song.” Besides classical selections from the pens of Gian Carlo Menotti and John Rutter, the chorus will sing “All Good Gifts,” “All I Want for Christmas is You,” “Winter Wonderland,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and Bob Chilcott’s arrangement of the Shaker song, “ ’Tis a Gift to Be Simple.” A smaller group of the chorus will sing a few Shaker Christmas songs that originated from Mount Lebanon.
As always at each of the CCV concerts, a small backup band provides support. This year it will be pianist John Norton, bassist Tony Riccobono, cellist Olivia Cox and percussionist James Iacketta. A reception follows the concert. Audience members who wish to help the local food pantry can bring a nonperishable food item for collection.
7:30 p.m. Genet Elementary School, Route 4, East Greenbush. $10, $8. 370-5434; 275-3727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Albany Pro Musica, under director David Griggs-Janower, will perform the first of two concerts this weekend of inspired seasonal music. “A Winter Wonderland” will embrace classic Christmas fare in “O magnum mysterium,” “The Time of Snow,” and Vaughn Williams’ “Blessed Son of God,” as well as popular favorites likes “Winter Wonderland of Snow,” “Christmas Joy” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
There will also be a few Canadian and American folk carols, such as “I Wonder as I Wander” with APM soprano Jean Leonard and “Huron Carol” and the world premiere of “Christmas Carol” that APM’s resident composer Stephen Murray wrote. An audience sing-along will end the show. The APM’s Christmas disc, “Behold the Star,” which is a live recording of last year’s Christmas show and includes some of this year’s program, will be on sale.
7:30 p.m. Carondelet Hospitality Center, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham. $35, $25. 605-0676; www.albanypromusica.org.
• Albany Pro Musica repeats its Saturday concert.
3 p.m. Carondelet Hospitality Center. $35, $25. 605-0676; www.albanypromusica.org.
• Opera Saratoga likes to remind people that even opera composers like winter festivities. This year the group’s holiday concert will feature soprano Deborah Rocco, mezzo-soprano Sarah-Nicole Ruddy, and bass Charles Martin with Michael Clement at the piano in arias by Puccini, Mozart, Offenbach and Britten and Alfred Burt’s carols. OS artistic director Curt Tucker will host the show.
Refreshments will be served and there will be a stroll through the beautifully decorated Ten Broeck Mansion, which is one of the gems the Albany County Historical Association oversees. Seating is limited so prepaid reservations are required.
2 p.m. Ten Broeck Mansion, 9 Ten Broeck St., Albany. $25. 436-9826; www.operasaratoga.org.
• Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra under music director Gioacchino Longobardi will play holiday selections by Corelli, Porpora, Bach, Handel and a few romantic composers.
3 p.m. Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College. $15, $10, $5. 580-5321; www.skidmore.edu/zankel.
• Harpist Karlinda Caldecott will make the season’s songs sound as if an angel is playing.
Noon, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 58 Third St., Troy. Free. 273-7351; www.stpaulstroy.org.