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Amadeus Chorale Fri, Dec 3. Christmas Poems and Songs, Brockport High School, 40 Allen St, Brockport, 7 p.m. $5. 494-1795, www.theamadeuschorale.org

Brighton Symphony Orchestra Sun and Wed, Dec 5 and 15. Holiday songs, John Marcellus, conductor; Sun: 3156 East Ave, 2:30 p.m.; Wed: 150 Highland Ave, 7:30 p.m. 248-0680, www.brightonsymphony.org.

Brockport College-Community Chorus and the Brockport Symphony Sat, Dec 4. The Sounds of the Season, First Presbyterian Church, 35 State St, Brockport, 7:30 p.m. Free. 395-2787

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin Fri, Nov 19. Misha Rachlevsky, music director, Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St, Geneva, 8:15 p.m. $20, $10 students. 315-789-7716, www.genevaconcerts.org

Christ Church Schola Cantorum Sundays. Compline; Gregorian Chant, Byrd, Tallis; Stephen Kennedy, director; Christ Church, 141 East Ave, 9 p.m. Donations. 454-3878

Finger Lakes Community College Wed, Dec 1, Winter concert, 7:30 p.m. | Mon, Dec 6, FLCC guitar ensemble, 7:30 p.m. | Wed, Dec 8, jazz and vocal ensembles, 7:30 p.m. | Fri and Sun, Dec 10 and 12, Finger Lakes Chorale and College Singers Concerts, Home for the Holidays, St. John's Episcopal Church, 183 N Main St, Canandaigua, Fri 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. | Sat, Dec 11, Finger Lakes concert band, Christmas Classics, Canandaigua Middle School, 215 Granger St, Canandaigua, 8 p.m. | Concerts at FLCC Canandaigua campus, 4355 Lakeshore Dr, unless otherwise noted. 394-3500 ext 7416

Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus Sat-Sun, Dec 10-11. Handel's Messiah and Christmas carols, Linehan Chapel, Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave, Sat 8 p.m., Sun 4 p.m. www.gvoc.org, 223-9006

Hochstein School of Music Sat-Sun, Dec 4-5, ensembles and soloists, performance, Eastview Mall. | Wed, Dec 8, Eastman Horn Choir, holiday music for horns, 12 p.m. | Wed, Dec 15, A Cup of Good Cheer, featuring Madrigalia, Roger Wilhelm, director, 12 p.m. | All concerts at the Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N Plymouth Ave, unless otherwise noted. Free. 454-4596, www.hochstein.org.

Madrigalia Fri, Dec 3, and Fri-Sat, Dec 17-18. Holiday lights, music for Chanuka and Christmas. Dec 3: First Congregational Church, 58 N Main St, Canandaigua, 7:30 p.m. 394-2184; Dec 17: St. Louis Church, 64 S Main St, Pittsford, 7:30 p.m. 586-5675; Dec 18: St. Anne Church, 1600 Mt Hope Ave. 234-4283 | $8-$15, www.madrigalia.org

MasterWorks Chorale Sat, Dec 18. Christmas concert, St. James Episcopal Church, 96 E Genesee St, Skaneateles, 4 p.m. 315-685-7600

Monroe Community College Fri, Dec 10. Renaissance concert, Madrigal, MCC Theater, 1000 E Henrietta Ave, 7:30 p.m. $5. 292-2534

Music at Asbury First Fri, Dec 3. Festive Concert of Carols, handbell and choral music, Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave, 7:30 p.m. Tix: $5. 271-1050

Music at Immanuel Sun, Nov 21. Music for a King, Eastman Organ Department, Evangelical Lutheran Church, 131 W Main St, Webster, 7 p.m. 872-5180 ext 17

Musica Spei Sun, Dec 5. The Isaac Project: A Sacred Renaissance Christmas on Mt. Hope Avenue, choral music, St. Anne Church, 1600 Mt Hope Ave, 4 p.m. Donations. 244-7764

Penfield Symphony Orchestra Mon, Dec 13. Holiday jewels, Browncroft Community Church, 2530 Browncroft Blvd, Penfield, 7:30 p.m. $2-$10. 872-0774, www.penfieldsymphony.org.

Perinton Concert Band Fri, Dec 10. Season's Greetings, Minerva Deland School Auditorium, Hulburt Rd, Fairport, 7:30 p.m. 234-2585, www.perintonconcertband.org

Rochester Bach Festival Sun, Nov 21, Choir of the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, St. Andrew's Church, 923 Portland Ave, 4 p.m. | Sun, Dec 19, Rochester Bach Festival Chamber Ensemble, Downtown United Presbyterian, 121 N Fitzhugh St, 4 p.m. | Tix: $10 ($5 students) 377-3537.

Rochester Chamber Orchestra Sun, Dec 5, Handel's Messiah, 7 p.m. | Sun, Dec 10, Opera Arias and Duets, Laura Enslin and Bradley Alexander, 3:30 p.m. | Concerts at Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N Plymouth Ave.$15. 328-5895

Rochester Gay Men's Chorus Fri-Sat, Dec 10-11. Queer Eye for the Holiday,music by Britten, Barber, others, Hochstein Music School, 50 N Plymouth Ave. 423-0650, www.thergmc.org

Rochester Oratorio Society Fri-Sat, Dec 10-11. Handel's Messiah, candlelight performance, Roger Wilhelm, director; Asbury First, 1050 East Ave, 8 p.m. 473-2234, www.rossings.org

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Fri-Sun, Nov 26-28, The Nutcracker, with Rochester City Ballet and Bach Children's Chorus, 2 and 7 p.m. $22-$52 | Fri-Sun, Dec 17-19, Gala Holiday Pops, conductor Jeff Tyzik, with Festival High School Chorale, Fri-Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. | All concerts at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St, 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Tix: $16-$46. 454-2100.

Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Sun, Nov 21, Best of Britain, Hochstein School, 50 N Plymouth Ave, 7:30 p.m. | Sun, Dec 12, Illustrious Classics, Church of Love Faith Center, Exchange Blvd, 4 p.m. | 454-7311 ext 224, www.rpyo.org

Rochester Women's Community Chorus Sat, Dec 4. RWCC Celebrates the World, Hochstein School, 50 N Plymouth Ave, 7:30 p.m. Tix: $7-$12. 234-4441, www.therwcc.org.

SUNY Geneseo Chamber Singers Sat, Dec 4. A Dickens Christmas, MacVittie College Union Ballroom, SUNY Geneseo campus, 6 p.m. 245-5873

In This Guide...

    Holiday Guide 2005

    It's easy to get rundown desperately seeking that warm and fuzzy holiday feeling It's easy to get rundown desperately seeking that warm and fuzzy holiday feeling.

    To dance like Clara

    By the time audiences see the annual Thanksgiving-time performances of The Nutcracker, with dancers provided by the Rochester City Ballet and music performed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the work is polished. The poise of the dancers, the memorable swells and leaps in Tchaikovsky's score, the dancing sweets and swirling snowflakes --- it all makes one seamless, magical whole.

    Making Scrooge memories

    You know it's December when the fight or flight instinct kicks in. If picking a fight with your sister-in-law has lost its appeal and escaping to Puerto Vallarta isn't in your budget, channel your energy in a new direction.

    The true spirit of Hollywood

    While there are inevitably a couple of movies every year set against Christmas --- but hardly a cavalcade of films about Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, incidentally --- it's probably misleading to call this a holiday movie preview. If Jesus were blowing out candles in June, these flicks would still be squeezing in under the Academy deadline.

    We must have been good this year

    One night I woke to the sound of sled runners and hooves on my roof. I couldn't see much out my bedroom window so I staggered downstairs.

    Holiday calendar

    Theater A Christmas Carol Nov 26-Dec 26.

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