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S E C T I O N  )PMJEBZ MOUNTAIN VIEW VOICE | NOVEMBER 23, 2012 ❉ ■ CLASSIFIEDS ■ R E A L E S TAT E ❉❉ ❉ H A P P Y H O L I D AY S ❉ Welcoming W inter ❉ Holiday events in the arts world include ballet, theater, comedy, family festivities and a wealth of concerts “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” performed by Dancers Repertory Theatre and the Menlo Park Academy of Dance. By Rebecca Wallace T here’s no reason to have a silent night during the holiday season. Local arts groups provide all manner of soundtracks, with styles of sound as diverse as classic carols, Baroque music, Latin jazz, Low Countries music, Hanukkah songs and gospel. Revelers who are more visually oriented can also choose from holiday home tours, puppet shows, model-train displays and, of course, the ballet. For a sampling of the many holiday options on the Midpeninsula, keep reading. MUSIC The Baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica, with viola da gamba, recorder, violin, organ, harpsichord, oboe and voice, performs Christmas music from 18th-cen- locally at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Tickets are $10-$30. Go to or call 650-485-1097. tury Italy, France and Germany at 8 p.m. Nov. 30. The concert is in the First Lutheran Church at 600 Homer Ave. in Palo Alto. Tickets are $12-$35. Go to Singers from the Palo Alto High School choirs hark back to history with their annual Madrigal Feaste, featuring 16th-century music and costumes, along with food and drink. The events are planned for 2 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 at the high school’s small gym at 50 Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto. Admission is $15-$80. Go to palymadrigals. com. The Ragazzi Boys Chorus welcomes winter with carols, Native American chant, Hanukkah music and other songs in a concert at 5 p.m. Dec. 1 at the First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto. Composers will include Allen Gordon Bell, Randall Thompson and Mendelssohn. Tickets are $10-$27. Go to or call 650-342-8785. Christmas Oratorio, performed with Orchestra Gloria. Soloists and choristers will bring on the angels and shepherds at 2:30 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Church at 505 E. Charleston Road. Tickets are $30 general and $25 for students and seniors, with discounts for advance purchases. Go to sdgloria. org or call 888-SDG-SONG. See HOLIDAY EVENTS, page 23 Stanford’s Memorial Church hosts the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, with the Memorial Church Choir directed by organist Robert Huw Morgan and the Stanford Chamber Chorale directed by Stephen M. Sano, at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8. The events are free. Go to “Christmas in Antwerp and Amsterdam” features 16th- and 17th-century music from the Low Countries, presented in Latin and Dutch by the California Bach Society and various instrumentalists. The program will be performed “Winter Dance with Bay Bells” features the handbells group in a free holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Grace Lutheran Church, 3129 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Go to or call 877-76-BELLS. Soli Deo Gloria will give a Palo Alto audience one big Christmas present on Dec. 8: J.S. Bach’s CALBACH LISA KOHLER Chanticleer returns to Stanford’s Memorial Church for this year’s holiday concert on Dec. 11. Charpentier’s “Nativity Pastorale” is the focus when the Magnificat Baroque ensemble performs at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at First Lutheran Church at 600 Homer Ave. in Palo Alto. Also on the program are several French Christmas carols in settings by Charpentier. Admission is $12-$35. Go to magnificat Recorder player Claudia Gantivar will perform with the California Bach Society on Dec. 1 in Palo Alto. November 23, 2012 ■ Mountain View Voice ■ ■ 21

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