Bay Area holiday choral events 2012

It’s that time of year when choirs kick into high gear with songs of the season, both religious and popular. As is the tradition, many choral events are participatory.

Chanticleer

For the 35th year, the Grammy Award-winning male choir performs a joyful Christmas show.

  • When: 8 p.m. Dec. 15 and Dec. 23
  • Where: St. Ignatius Church, University of San Francisco, 650 Parker St., S.F.
  • Contact: (415) 392-4400, www.cityboxoffice.com

KITKA’s Wintersongs

Sacred and secular tunes from Slavic, Baltic, Balkan, Jewish and Bosnian-Muslim traditions make up women’s vocal ensemble KITKA’s diverse holiday music program.

  • When: 8 p.m. Dec. 8
  • Where: Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.
  • Contact: (415) 474-1608, www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Songs of the Season

Donna Sachet’s popular holiday cabaret show is now in its 20th year, benefiting the AIDS Emergency Fund.

  • When: 8 p.m. Nov. 25-28
  • Where: Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.
  • Contact: (415) 558-6999, www.songsoftheseason.net

GLIDE Annual Holiday Festival/Jam

“Doin’ Good,” the Tenderloin charity’s 2012 holiday show, stars POPLYFE, Eion Harrington, the GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band and surprise guests.

  • When: 7 p.m. Dec. 6
  • Where: Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.
  • Contact: (800) 745-3000, www.thewarfieldtheatre.com

Help is on the Way for the Holidays

The annual benefit for the Richmond/ERMET Aids Foundation features touring casts of “The Book of Mormon” and “The Lion King,” Mary Wilson, Tim Hockenberry, Bruce Vilanch, Paula West, Spencer Day and Connie Champagne.

  • When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10
  • Where: Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.
  • Contact: (415) 273-1620, www.helpisontheway.org

Colors of Christmas

Soulful singers Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., James Ingram and Stephanie Mills appear at the San Francisco Symphony’s annual holiday pops event.

  • When: 8 p.m. Dec. 10-12
  • Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.
  • Contact: (415) 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org

Songs of Kwanzaa

Musician Q.B. Williams hosts a participatory family show that includes Kwanzaa history, singing and playing instruments, and a craft project: handmade Kwanzaa cards embedded with seeds for planting.

  • When: 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15
  • Where: Museum of African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.
  • Contact: (415) 358-7200, www.moadsf.org

California Pops Orchestra

“Pops Home for the Holidays,” features Pierce Brandt & the Honeybee Trio playing seasonal favorites and leading a singalong for all ages.

  • When: 3 p.m. Dec. 16
  • Where: Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills
  • Contact: (650) 856-8432, www.californiapopsorchestra.com
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