The big week for church choirs and carolers is coming up. Here is a list of holiday music concerts (and others) presented in chronological order:■
All Hallows Catholic Church
will have Advent readings and carols at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6602 La Jolla Scenic Drive South. (858) 459-2975.
■ Bach Collegium San Diego
will present “Hodie! Christus Natus Est,” a sequence of choral music for Advent and Christmas sung by candlelight, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, La Jolla, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the San Diego History Center, Casa de Balboa, Balboa Park. Tickets: $20- $40. (619) 341-1726. bachcollegiumsd.org
■ La Jolla Music Society
will offer a piano concert by Yefim Bronfman, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Sherwood Auditorium, MCASD, 700 Prospect St. At 7 p.m. Steven Cassedy, UCSD professor of literature and a classically trained pianist, will present a pre-concert chat titled, “The Sonata: From Start-up to Overdrive." Tickets $25-$75 (858) 459-3728. LJMS.org■
La Jolla United Methodist Church
’s “A Celebration of Carols” starts at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, and features the Chancel and Dorian Bell Choirs, at 6063 La Jolla Blvd. The program includes selections from Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” with John Rutter, Don Forrest, Howard Hebey and Craig Courtney accompanied by piano, strings, woodwinds, and harp. Free admission. A freewill offering will be taken. Refreshments. lajollaunitedmethodist.org■
La Jolla Presbyterian Church
’s “Born is the King” Christmas Concert will be offered at two times this year, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7715 Draper Ave. The LJPC Chancel Choir and orchestra under the direction of Dr. Keith Pedersen will celebrate Christ’s birth with a program of Bach’s “Magnificat,” which “reflects on Mary’s response to the news that she will bear the Messiah.” The concert will also showcase the Handbell, Chancel, Youth and Children’s Choirs performing traditional carols and Christmas favorites.
No tickets are required. A freewill offering will be taken. Free parking in underground garage accessed from Kline Street.
A reception will follow the concert in the Fellowship Hall. (858) 729-5511. ljpresmusic.com■
Torrey Pines Christian Church
will present The Westwind Brass, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at 8320 La Jolla Scenic Dr. North. A freewill offering will be taken. (858) 453-3550.■
California Ballet’s Nutcracker with The San Diego Children’s Choir and the San Diego Symphony
, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 15 and Dec. 22; 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 and Dec. 23; 7 p.m. Dec. 19-21, Civic Theater, 1100 Third Ave, Downtown San Diego. Tickets: From $25. (858) 560-6741. californiaballet.org■
San Diego Ballet’s Nutcracker
, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, 2:30 p.m. and Friday Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD campus, La Jolla. Tickets: From $20. (619) 294-7311. sandiegoballet.tix.com■
Holiday Pops: A Celtic Celebration
, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday Dec. 22; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 23, Copley Symphony Hall,1245 Seventh Ave.
San Diego musical masters join forces as they celebrate all things Irish including Grammy Award-winning all-Ireland fiddle champion Eileen Ivers. The San Diego Children’s Choir performs with the San Diego Master Chorale, too. Tickets: From $20. (619) 235-0804.