Nearly every performing ensemble in town has a concert of some sort this weekend — so to say it’s going to be a busy three days is putting it mildly. (Sometimes I wonder: Lots of the people you find in audiences for cultural events are themselves involved in performance ensembles — what if no one ends up in the audience because everyone is performing?) With that said, here are some picks. For more options, be sure to check out the roundup stories and listings in Friday’s issue of 7.
1. CELEBRATE WITH THE SAN JOAQUIN CHORALE
TThe 52-member chorale presents its annual Christmas concert featuring poetry set by director, Roy Klassen, “O Nata Lux” by Kevin Memley, a premier of “Ave Maria” by local composer, Dr. Royce Nickel, and arrangements of familiar carols. Performance information: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, First Congregational Church, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd. $12 general admission, $8 seniors/students, available at door. (559) 453-2267.
2. GIVE JOHNNY MATHIS A ‘CHANCES ARE’
If you’re looking for concert elegance, this will be the event to attend. The crooner performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Warnors Theatre with the Fresno Grand Opera Orchestra.
3. PUT A TOUCH OF BROADWAY IN YOUR CHRISTMAS
The Fresno Philharmonic’s “BRAVO! Holidays” concert features three Broadway-trained singers ready to deliver some Christmas cheer, including former “Phantom of the Opera” Doug LaBrecque, below. The concert is 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Saroyan Theatre.
4. ‘AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS’
The Fresno State Opera Theatre and Concert Choir presents the one-act English opera. Special guests at this semistaged production are the Bach Children’s Choir and Youth Chorale under the direction of Valerie Quiring. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Fresno State Concert Hall.
5. FRESNO COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND
The band will perform “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson, “Symphonic Prelude” on Adeste Fidelis by Claude T. Smith and “T’was the Night Before Christmas” by Ken Darby. The Fresno City College City Singers accompany. 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Tower Theatre.