Weekend Picks: Boston’s Holiday Music Traditions, Old And New

Graham Wright, host and founder of Opus Affair (a monthly arts salon), joins us to share his recommendations for various incarnations of some beloved holiday performances.

Weekend Pick #1: Handel’s “Messiah”

The Boston Baroque’s two performances of Handel’s “Messiah” are Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8, both at 7:30 p.m and at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Tickets range from $25 to $64 and are nearly sold out, but remaining tickets are available at Jordan Hall.

Weekend Pick #2: 3 Variations Of “The Nutcracker”

The Mayor’s Holiday Special offers a consolidated listing of many holiday events around the region, including the following variations on well-known Christmas classic, “The Nutcracker”:

Weekend Pick #3: Lessons And Carols

The 39th Annual Service of Lessons and Carols at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel is Friday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. Another service will be held on Sunday, December 16 at 11:00 a.m. (The above video is from the 2011 service.)

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