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Chamber Music Society of Detroit

• Pianist Menahem Pressler performs alongside four advanced student pianists representing Michigan’s best university music departments in Piano Master Class. 3:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

Schaver Hall at Wayne State University, 480 W. Hancock, Detroit; 248-855-6070, chambermusicdetroit.org.

• Christoph Prégardien, a German tenor, is accompanied by pianist Menahem Pressler in Schubert’s Die Winterreise (Winter’s Journey). 8 p.m. Dec. 15.

Seligman Performing Arts Center, 22305 W.13 Mile, Beverly Hills; 248-855-6070; comehearcmsd.org.

 

Chamber Music at the Scarab Club

Works by  Richard Stöhr (1874-1967) are performed by cellist Stefan Koch and pianist Robert Conway. Koch, being a friend of Stöhr’s family, knows the man behind the music and will better acquaint the audience with his music. For the 140th anniversary of the Art House (Elisha Taylor Home) in Detroit, Joseph Palazzolo was commissioned to write a new string quartet, which will also be performed. 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee, Grosse Pointe; 248-474-8930; scarabclub.org/chambermusic.

 

Cranbrook Music Guild

The ensemble called Intersection, consisting of violinist Lara Frautschi, cellist Kristina Cooper, and pianist John Novacek, perform. 8 p.m. Dec. 5. $25.

Christ Church Cranbrook, 470 Church Rd., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-0097; cranbrookmusicguild.org.

 

Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings

A festive program called Holiday Brass showcases a brass ensemble and choir, performing “The Christmas Song,” “Twelve Days of Christmas,” and other favorites. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. $35 regular, $30 senior, $10 student.

First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak, 529 Hendrie Blvd., Royal Oak. Also 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms; 248-559-2098; detroitchamberwinds.org.

 

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

• Join the festivities this holiday season by attending the Annual Holiday Concert. 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

• Conducted by Susanna Mälkki with Leila Josefowicz on violin, a program of music inspired by the Romeo and Juliet story features Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, along with Adès’ Violin Concerto (Concentric Paths). 8 p.m. Dec. 8. and 3 p.m. Dec. 9. $15-$100. 

Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward, Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org

 

• DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin leads the forces in Vaughan-Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, the world premiere of Sierra’s Navidad en la montaña (with soprano Heidi Grant Murphy), and Tchaikovsky’s Act II from The Nutcracker. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. and 8 p.m. Dec 14. $15-$100.

Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward, Detroit; 313-576-5111. Also at 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Seligman Performing Arts Center, 22305 W. 13 Mile Rd., Beverly Hills; 248-855-6070; dso.org.

 

Michigan Opera Theatre

This year’s production of Too Hot to Handel, a jazz take on the Handel-composed oratorio Messiah, features the Rackham Symphony Choir and the Too Hot Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1. $20-$68.

Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-237-SING, michiganopera.org.

 

University Musical Society

The UMS Choral Union, winner of the 2006 Grammy for “Best Choral Performance” for William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, performs the annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah. Jerry Blackstone, conducts the 175-voice ensemble, which includes Juliana Di Giacomo, soprano, Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano, William Burden, tenor, Morris Robinson, bass, and Edward Parmentier, harpsichord. 8 p.m. Dec. 1. and 2 p.m. Dec. 2. $10-$36.

Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538; ums.org.

 

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19th Annual Circle of Friends Luncheon

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