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Oakland Opera Theater Presents "Peace Through Song": Featuring a full-length concert version of Kurt Will and Paul Green's opera, Johnny Johnson, and Robert Kurka's opera, The Good Soldier Schweik, plus songs by local composers Mary Watkins, John Jacob Niles, Hans Eisler, Pesach Kaplan, and more, Fri., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 1:30 p.m., $18-$26. Oakland Metro, 201 Broadway, Oakland, 510-763-1146,

Oakland-East Bay Symphony Performs Handel's Messiah: Featuring Latin-style vocals by Juanita Ulloa, Sat., Dec. 10, 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's A Grand Night for Singing for the Holidays: Diablo Light Opera Company performs classics from Oklahoma, South Pacific, The King and I, and Carousel, Fri., Dec. 9, 8:15 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 2:15 & 8:15 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 11, 2:15 & 8:15 p.m., $23, $25. Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, 925-943-7469,

Sacred and Profane Chamber Chorus Presents Motetus: Choral Gems of the Holiday Season: Performing seasonal motets by Josef Rheinberger and Francis Poulenc, plus standard Christmas carols, Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m., $10, $12, $15, $18. Trinity Lutheran Church, 2317 Buena Vista Ave., Walnut Creek. Sat., Dec. 10, 8 p.m., $10, $12, $15, $18. St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St., Berkeley.

San Francisco Bach Choir's Annual Candlelight Christmas: A Yuletide celebration with works for multiple choirs from the late Renaissance and early Baroque, carols in the round, and a premiere performance of Magnificat by director David Babbitt, Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m., St, Ignatius Catholic Church, Fulton St. (at Parker St.), San Francisco. Sun., Dec. 4, 4 p.m., $15, $20, $22, $26, $30, $35. Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., San Francisco.

San Francisco Girls' Chorus Presents Et in Terra Pax: And on Earth, Peace: Fri., Dec. 9, 8 p.m., $14-$45. Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Dr., Lafayette. Fri., Dec. 16, 8 p.m., $14-$45. St. Raphael's Church, 1104 5th Ave., San Rafael. Wed., Dec. 21, 8 p.m., $14-$45. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.

The Speakeasy Holiday Lounge: Lonnie Tuck performs contemporary R&B and holiday classics, Thu., Dec. 1, 6 p.m., $10, $15. Maxwell's Restaurant & Lounge, 341 13th St., Oakland, 510-839-6169.

The Tribute to Frank, Sammy, Joey, & Dean: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Wed., Nov. 23, 3 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 p.m., $37-$69. Post Street Theatre, 450 Post St., San Francisco.

Uptown Singers Holiday Show: Fri., Dec. 23, 7 p.m., $54 includes dinner and 2-hour cabaret performance. Pleasanton Hotel, 855 Main St., Pleasanton, 925-846-8106,

"Voices in Peace V: Psalms and Canticles of Praise and Comfort": Voci Women's Vocal Ensemble performs works by Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Gabriel Fauré, César Franck, Michael Haydn, Libby Larsen, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, and Randall Thompson, Sat., Dec. 10, 3 p.m., $15, $20. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510-848-5107, Fri., Dec. 9, 8 p.m., $15, $20. Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland.

Vox Populi: Resplendent Expectation: Spanish Renaissance celebration of the Immaculate Conception, featuring Victoria's Missa quam pulchra es, motets by Morales, and more, Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m., no cover. St. Joseph of Arimathea, 2316 Bowditch St., Berkeley.

WomenSing 40th Anniversary Holiday Concert: "Seven Joys of Christmas": Performing carols by Kirke Mechem, Brahms, Lischka, and Wessman, plus Vaughan Williams' Magnificat, Sun., Dec. 4, 4 p.m., $10, $18, $20. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, 510-848-3696. Wed., Dec. 7, 8 p.m., $10, $18, $20. Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church, 10 Moraga Valley Lane, Moraga.

Young People's Chamber Orchestra: Rem Djemilev conducts a program of holiday music, Sat., Dec. 17, 3 p.m., no cover. Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Ave., Kensington, 510-524-3043

"Yule Be Singin', Yule Be Swingin'": The Hottest Hits of the '60s: Starting Dec. 1, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 18, $8, $10. Knox Center, Contra Costa College, 2600 Mission Bell Dr. (entrance at El Portal and Castro), San Pablo, 510-235-7800 ex. 4274.


Breakfast with Santa: Santa Claus visits the zoo to take a look at children's gift lists, take photos, and eat a hot breakfast. Sat., Dec. 10, Sun., Dec. 11, Sat., Dec. 17, Sun., Dec. 18, 9 a.m.-noon. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, 510-632-9525.

Celebrating the Holidays at Oakland Public Library -- Fratello Marionettes Present The North Pole Revue: With Hawaiian music by the Hi-Fi Sisters, 1 p.m., Dec. 6 at Golden Gate Branch (5606 San Pablo Ave.); 3:30 p.m., Dec. 6 at Melrose Branch (4805 Foothill Blvd.); 3:30 p.m., Dec. 9 at Martin Luther King Branch (6833 International Blvd.); 1 p.m., Dec. 12 at West Oakland Branch (1801 Adeline St.; 7 p.m., Dec. 13 at Dimond Branch (3565 Fruitvale Ave.); 2 p.m., Dec. 20 at Asian Branch (388 9th St., Ste. 190), Thu., Dec. 1, no cover. Bonnie Lockhart Presents Holiday Songs: Performing at 1 p.m., Dec. 1 at Eastmont Branch (7200 Bancroft Ave., Ste. 211); 10:30 a.m., Dec. 10 at Piedmont Branch (160 41st St.); 7 p.m., Dec. 12 at Montclair Branch (1687 Mountain Blvd.), Thu., Dec. 1, 1 p.m., no cover. Opera Piccola Presents Hansel and Gretel: Two performances: 10 a.m. in the Main Children's Room at Oakland Public Library (125 14th St.); 12 p.m. at Elmhurst Branch (1427 88th Ave.), Tue., Dec. 13.

Children's Theater Holiday Program: A nondenominational message of peace, joy, and light. Sun., Dec. 4, 12:30 & 3:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 12:30 & 3:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 11, 12:30 & 3:30 p.m., free with park admission. Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave. (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, 510-452-2259,

Contra Costa Children's Chorus Presents Winter Reflections: Presenting seasonal favorites, Fri., Dec. 16, 7 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 17, 1 p.m., $15. Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 1801 Lacassie Ave., Walnut Creek.

Dmitri Matheny WinterFest Presents The Snow Cat: family celebration of storytelling and song, Sun., Dec. 11, 4:30 p.m., $12, $15, $18. Jazzschool, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley, 510-845-5373.

Fairy Winterland Celebration: Featuring live performances, daily appearances from Santa Claus, special decorations, rides, puppet shows, arts & crafts, holiday treats, and special surprises. Dec. 16-23, 12-7 p.m., free with paid park admission. Children's Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave. (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, 510-452-2259,


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