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November 9-15, 2005

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Season's Sounds

High notes in holiday music


Compiled by Gretchen Giles

Symphonic Chorus Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus present holiday music by Debussy, Bruckner, Dello Joio, Chesnokov and Duruflé. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 19-20. Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. Santa Rosa High School Auditorium, 1235 Mendocino Ave. $10-$15. 707.546.2723.

Johnny Mathis Christmas Crooner spins holiday magic, supported by members of the Santa Rosa Symphony. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 2-3. LBC, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $69-$99. 707.546.3600.

Bach Christmas Celebration Santa Rosa Symphony and the Sonoma County Bach Choir team up to offer three concerts featuring the Magnificat. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 2-4. Friday, St. Vincent de Paul Church, 35 Liberty St., Petaluma. Saturday, St. Eugene's Cathedral, 2323 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa. Sunday, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 8400 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor. All performances at 8pm. $20. 707.546.8742.

Chamber Singers Sonoma County Chamber Singers chorale ensemble present work under the theme The Touch of the Child, featuring pieces by Mozart, Rutter, Randall Thompson, Morten Lauridsen and others. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 2-4. Friday at 8pm, New Music Conservatory, 431 Center St., Healdsburg. Saturday at 8pm, Glaser Center Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Sunday at 4pm, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1300 St. Francis Road, Santa Rosa. Free. 707.837.8984.

Peace on Earth Marin Symphony's holiday concert is once again held by candlelight and features the Marin Symphony Chamber Chorus and Chantons, a choral ensemble composed entirely of teenaged women. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 3-4. Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 4pm. Church of Saint Raphael, 104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. $25. 415.479.8100.

A VOENA Christmas VOENA, an internationally acclaimed multi-ethnic children's choir, mix song with dance, a cappella, percussion and theatrics. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 3-4. Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. COPIA, 500 First St., Napa. $22.50-$25. 707.265.5979.

Sing-Along Messiah Sebastopol Center for the Arts invites the community to raise a joyful noise with Handel's Messiah. Rehearsal: Sunday, Dec. 4, at 5pm. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St. Event: Saturday, Dec. 10, at the United Methodist Church, 500 N. Main St., Sebastopol. $5-$12. 707.829.4797.

Christmas Jug Band The ever-changing lineup of holiday merry-music makers might include Dan Hicks, Austin deLone, Nik Phelps, Norton Buffalo, Tim Eschliman and who knows who. The lads begin the tomfoolery on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the 142 Throckmorton Theater in Mill Valley. See www.christmasjugband.com for more gigs.

Holiday Concert Rohnert Park Community Band swings into the season. Sunday, Dec. 11. Rohnert Park Community Center, 5401 Snyder Lane. 3pm. $5. 707.584.1187.

The Kinsey Sicks America's favorite dragapella beauty-shop quartet present Oy Vey in a Manger, an over-the-top production. Thursday, Dec. 15, at 8pm. COPIA, 500 First St., Napa. $22.50-$25. 707.265.5979.

Holiday Chorale Napa Valley Chorale presents slate of holiday music. Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7pm. Jarvis Conservatory, 1711 Main St., Napa. 7pm. $35; includes refreshments. 707.255.5445.

Edlos Bad boys of a cappella present their sly slate of spirited holiday songs. Saturday, Dec. 17, at 8pm. COPIA, 500 First St., Napa. $22.50-$25. 707.265.5979.

John Bayless Solo improvisational pianist riffs on holiday favorites, both sacred and secular. Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7:30pm. Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville. 707.944.1300.

Chanticleer Men's chorus blend traditional carols, Medieval and Renaissance sacred works and spirituals. Friday, Dec. 16. Two performances, 6pm and 8:30pm.

St. Vincent de Paul Church, 35 Liberty St., Petaluma. $25-$42. 415.252.8589.

Magical Magnificence Singers Marin present holiday choral concert featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams' Magnificat as well as Christmas and Hanukkah songs. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 4pm. $18-$28. 415.499.6800.

Sanctus, Heilige Concert of Italian and German baroque music includes sonatas by Castello, Marini, Stradella and Merula in Sonoma. Sunday-Monday, Dec. 18-19. Sunday, at 2pm, Chapel of the Mission San Francisco/Solano, corner of East Spain Street and First Street East. Monday at 7pm, Sonoma Christian Fellowship, 170 Andreiux. $5-$10. 707.526.7039.

Dig That Crazy Christmas Former Stray Cat Brian Setzer brings his swingin' sensibility to the yuletide, jazzing up holiday tunes. Thursday, Dec. 22, at 8pm. LBC, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. $45-$85. 707.546.3600.


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