Abundance of holiday concerts to offer something for everyone
It’s hard to choose what concert to attend from the wealth of possibilities this holiday season. From orchestras and choruses offering traditional fare to chamber groups presenting works that require more serious listening, there is something for every classical taste bud.
Mohawk Valley Chorus — Today (8 p.m.) at Scotia Reformed Church; Saturday (7 p.m.) at Johnstown High School; Sunday (3 p.m.) at United Presbyterian Church in Amsterdam.
The chorus will sing traditional favorites for Christmas and Hanukkah and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” assisted by the River Valley Ringers, pianist Alfred Fedak and the Mohawk Valley Kids Chorus, all under David Rossi’s direction. $12, $9, free for seniors, students and kids 12 and under; www.mohawkvalleychorus.org, 885-9231.
Albany Pro Musica — Saturday (7:30 p.m.); Sunday (3 p.m.) at Carondelet Hospitality Center, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham. Working under guest conductor Ron Bemrich and with harpist Karlinda Caldicott, the chorus will sing Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” and Stephen Paulus’ “Christmas Dances.” $35, $25; www.albanypromusica.org, 346-6204.
Albany Symphony Orchestra — Saturday (7:30 p.m.); Sunday (3 p.m.) at the Palace Theatre. The orchestra, under David Alan Miller, is part of an extravaganza that includes 200 singers from the Capital District Youth Chorale and The Music Studio, a bell choir, tap dancers and “special guests.” $40, $25, $20, $13; www.albanysymphony.com, 694-3300.
Also from Albany Symphony Orchestra — Saturday, Dec. 14 (7:30 p.m.); Sunday, Dec. 15 (3 p.m.) at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Selections from Handel’s “Messiah” and his “Judas Maccabeus”; Bach’s Cantata No. 63; George Tsontakis’ “Unforgettable for Two Violins” with violinists Luosha Fang and Shawn Moore. Singers from Bard College Conservatory. $59-$19.
Racing City Chorus — Saturday (7 p.m.) at Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs. A four-part, a cappella celebration of the season, the chorus’s 57th anniversary and the “Day of Infamy.” $15, free for children 13 and under; $16 cast party and food; www.racingcitychorus.org, 371-0062.
Thursday Musical Club — Saturday (2:30 p.m.) at First Reformed Church of Schenectady. Julie Panke directs the women’s chorus with Elinore Farnum at the piano in a program of Buxtehude, Rutter, Lana Walter and various carols. Thursday Belles Handbell Choir and violinist Nicole Maher will guest. $15, 370-5434.
Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra — Sunday (4 p.m.) at Glens Fall High School, 10 Quade St., Glens Falls. Holiday favorites spiced with the symphony’s Children’s Chorus, all conducted by Charles Peltz. $28, $25; www.gfso.org, 793-1348.
Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys — Tuesday, Dec. 10 (7 p.m.) at Cathedral of All Saints, South Swan and Elk streets, Albany. Woodrow Bynum directs Handel’s “Messiah.” $40-$10; 465-1342.
Empire State Youth Orchestra in “Melodies of Christmas” — Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 12-14 (7 p.m.); Sunday Dec. 15 (3 p.m.) at Proctors. The annual celebration is a fundraiser for children suffering from cancer. $25, $15; www.proctors.org, 346-6204.
Mendelssohn Club — Friday, Dec. 13 (7:30 p.m.) at The Egg in Albany. Jeff Vredenburg directs the all-male chorus in a “Sing and Be Merry” evening with guests Musicians of Ma’alwyck, who will perform a world premiere by Jack Horowitz and some Rossini. $18; www.mendelssohn.org, 473-1061.
Capital Community Voices — Saturday, Dec. 14 (7:30 p.m.) at Genet Elementary School, Route 4, East Greenbush. Traditional and popular tunes by American composers conducted by Julie Panke. Pianist John Norton, bassist Tony Riccobono and percussionist James Iacketta to accompany. $10, $8; 370-5434.
Octavo Singers — Sunday, Dec. 15 (3 p.m.) at Union College’s Memorial Chapel. Curtis Funk directs 121 singers in Handel’s “Messiah.” $20, $15, $10; www.octavosingers.com; 253-7088.
Proctors presents African Children’s Choir — Friday, Dec. 20 (7 p.m.). A Grammy-nominated group that has performed for U.S. presidents as well as on “American Idol.” $30; www.proctors.org, 346-6204.
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Choir — Sunday, Dec. 15 (3 p.m.) at the church at 107 State St., Albany. Neil Keen directs the church choir in Handel’s “Messiah.” Donation; www.stpeterschurchalbany.org, 434-3502.
Saratoga Children’s Chorus — Sunday, Dec. 15 (3 p.m.) at United Methodist Church, Fifth Avenue and Henning Road, Saratoga Springs. Sue Fedak directs a program that will include works by Britten, Humperdinck, Bischoff, a seasonal sing-along, and songs from “Peter Pan.” Free, 584-3720.
Union College Concert Series with Boston Camerata — Sunday, Dec. 22 (3 p.m.) at Memorial Chapel. Anne Azema directs the period ensemble in a French traditional Christmas. $25, $10; www.unioncollegeconcerts.org, 388-6080.
Capital District Youth Chorale — Sunday, Dec. 22 (3 p.m.) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 21 Hackett Blvd., Albany. A Christmas concert, under the direction of Diane Warner. $5; 463-2257.
Berkshire Bach — Tuesday, Dec. 31 (6 p.m.) at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass. All six of Bach’s Brandenburg concerti will be performed. $85, $65, $40; www.mahaiwe.org; 413-528-0100.