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Classical holiday concerts 

Brighton Symphony Orchestra Holiday songs, Sun and Wed, Dec 7 and 10, John Marcellus, conductor, Sun: 3156 East Ave, 2:30 p.m.; Wed: 1500 Portland Ave, 7:15 p.m. 248-0680,

Brockport-Community Chorus Christmas Fantasy, Sun, Dec 7, First Presbyterian Church, 35 State St, Brockport, 7:30 p.m. Free. 395-2787

Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus Handel's Messiah, Wed, Dec 10: Church of the Assumption, 20 East Ave, Fairport, 7:30 p.m.; Thurs, Dec 11: Church of the Holy Spirit, Plank and Hatch Rds, Penfield, 7:30 p.m. 425-7856,

Gregory Kunde Chorale On A Wintry Eve, Sun, Dec 28, Saint-Saens' Christmas Oratorio, Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, 1200 S Winton Rd, 4 p.m. Tix: $15 (students $10)

Hochstein School of Music Wed, Dec 3, Eastman Horn Choir, holiday music for horns, 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Fri, Dec 5, Christmas CD release concert, Love Was Born, Bill Welch Band, 7:30 p.m. Tix: $12. 232-1900. | Wed, Dec 10, A Cup of Good Cheer, featuring Madrigalia, Roger Wilhelm, director, 12:10-12:50 p.m. | All concerts at the Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N Plymouth Ave. Free. 454-4596.

Irish Tenors Sat, Dec 13. We Three Kings: Christmas Spectacular, Auditorium Theatre, 875 East Main St, 8 p.m. Tix: $42.50-$75. 232-1900

Madrigalia Fri, Dec 5. Holiday concert, William Weinert, conductor, Delavan Theater, New York Chiropractic College, 2360 Rte 89, Seneca Falls, 8 p.m. Tix: $10 ($8 seniors, $5 students, free for kids). 315-568-3081

MasterWorks Chorale Sat, Dec 13. Traditional holiday concert, Karen Bartlett-Morse, soprano, St. Mary's of the Lake, Jordan St, Skaneateles, 7 p.m. Tix: $8. 315-492-1003

Music at Asbury First Festive Concert of Carols, Fri, Dec 5, handbell and choral music, 7:30 p.m. Tix: $5. | Harmonic Brass of Munich, Tues, Dec 16, Christmas concert, 7:30 p.m. Tix: $5-$17. | Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave. 271-1050

Musica Spei Images of the Virgin Mary, Thurs and Sun, Dec 4 and 7, music of von Bingen, Josquin, Senfl, Guerrero, Ockeghem, Fountain Court, Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave, Thurs 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. 473-7720

Penfield Symphony Orchestra Holiday Memories, Mon, Dec 15, music by Barber, Prokofiev, PSO Brass Choir, Browncroft Community Church, 2530 Browncroft Blvd, 7:30 p.m. 872-0774,

Perinton Concert Band Fri, Dec 12. Holiday Music, special guest, Santa Claus, guest soloist, Ken C. Wood, Minerva Deland School Auditorium, Fairport, 7:30 p.m.

Rochester Bach Festival Sun, Dec 21, Rochester Bach Festival Chorus, BWV 62, Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N Fitzhugh St, 4 p.m. Tix: $10 ($5 students) 377-3537.

Rochester Gay Men's Chorus Rochester City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, Fri-Sat, Dec 12-13, Hochstein Music School, 50 N Plymouth Ave. 423-0650

Rochester Oratorio Society Messiah, Fri-Sat, Dec 12-13, Handel's Messiah, candlelight performance, 1050 East Ave, 8 p.m. 473-2234,

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra The Nutcracker, Fri-Sun, Nov 28-30, with Rochester City Ballet and Bach Children's Chorus, 2 and 7 p.m. | WPOP 3 --- Gala Holiday Pops, Fri-Sun, Dec 19-21, Festival High School Chorale. | All concerts at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St, 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Tix: $16-$46. 454-2100.

Rochester Women's Community Chorus Sat, Dec 6. Winter Concert: Season of Love, Hochstein Music Hall, 50 N Plymouth Ave, 7:30 p.m. Tix: $10 ($8 students and seniors, $5 kids) 234-4441,

University of Rochester Chamber Singers My Beloved Is Mine: Music Inspired by the 'Song of Songs', Sat, Nov 22, St. Anne Church, 1600 Mt Hope Ave, 8 p.m. Free. 275-2828

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