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The Portland Symphony Orchestra presents “The Magic of Christmas” at Merrill Auditorium from Friday through Dec. 22.
Lyric Music Theater in South Portland presents the musical “Annie” through Dec. 21.
Kelly Braffet and Owen King, Falmouth Memorial Library. www.falmouth.lib.me.us. Authors of “Save Yourself” and “Double Feature,” 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.
Scott Nash, Nonesuch Books, South Portland. nonesuchbooks.com. Author of young adult book “The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Paul Doiron, Maine Coast Book Shop and Cafe, Damariscotta. mainecoastbookshop.com. Author of “Massacre Pond,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Catherine Gentile, Bonobo’s Wood Fire Pizza, Portland. 347-8267. Author of “The Quiet Roar of a Hummingbird,” 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15.
• Classical Music
Christmas Prelude: 1854 Hook Organ Candlelight Concert, reception with refreshments follows the concert, First Congregational Church, Kennebunkport, donations accepted. firstchurchkennebunkport.com. Christmas music with a medley of musicians, 4 p.m. Sunday.
Choral Arts Society presents “Christmas at the Cathedral,” Portland Brass Quintet will join in on some pieces and will play some holiday favorites, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland, $12, $5 for 21 and under. choralart.org. Works include Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
Yuletide Choral Concert, University of Maine, Orono, Collins Center for the Arts, $12. umaine.edu/spa. 2 p.m. Sunday.
DaPonte String Quartet Winter Series II: Old World/New World, Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, Topsham, $20, under 21 free. daponte.org. Works by Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Dvorak, 3 p.m. Sunday.
“The Journey to Bethlehem” Advent vespers program, First Congregational Church UCC, South Portland. fccucc.org. Evening of music by solos and small groups, 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Bowdoin Chorus presents “Black Nativity,” a retelling of the classic Christmas story with traditional carols sung in gospel style, created by Langston Hughes, Bowdoin College, Studzinski Recital Hall, Brunswick, free. 798-4141. 2 p.m. Sunday.
Bowdoin Chamber Choir, Bowdoin College Chapel, Brunswick, free. 798-4141. Scottish-themed music with guest fiddler Bonnie Rideout and pianist George Lopez, 4 p.m. Sunday.
Voxx Choral Ensemble, Harbor Square Gallery, Rockland, $10. harborsquaregallery.com. Featuring selected works from “Mary, Mother and Child,” 1 p.m. Sunday.
Chamberfest: Bowdoin College Student Chamber Ensemble, Studzinski Recital Hall, Brunswick, free. 798-4141. 4 and 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Portland Symphony Orchestra “Magic of Christmas,” Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $31-$61. porttix.com. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 15. Through Dec. 22.
St. Cecilia Chamber Choir presents Ceremony of Lessons and Carols; carols and anthems, both old and new, interspersed with readings from poetry and scripture, Second Congregational Church Newcastle, $15, students free. ceciliachoir.org. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 4 p.m. Saturday.
Tri-City Community Chorus “A Yuletide Celebration,” First Parish Congregational Church, Saco, selected choruses from “The Messiah” and other seasonal favorites. $8-$10 advance, $10-$12 door. tricitycommunitychorus.org. 7 p.m. Saturday.
Portland Conservatory of Music’s 2013 Holiday Student Concert, a holiday craft fair will follow the concert, Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland, donations accepted. 775-3356. 3 p.m. Saturday.
The DaPonte String Quartet, Second Congregational Church Newcastle, free. Annual Christmas concert, 3 p.m. Dec. 15.
Eugene Mirman, Port City Music Hall, Portland, $20-$25, $30 VIP, 18-plus. portcitymusichall.com. With Kurt Braunohler and Derrick Brown, 9 p.m. Sunday.
Maine State Ballet presents “The Nutcracker,” cast of nearly 300 dancers, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, $20-$60. porttix.com. Cast of nearly 300 dancers, 2 p.m. Sunday.
Family Contra Dance and Winter Spiral, Belfast Dance Studio, $4, $2 children. 408-903-3710. Live music by John Pranio and Toki Oshima and caller Chrissy Fowler, 3 p.m. Sunday.
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Songs of Solomon, a young adult gospel choir, will sing at the Rockport Opera House on Saturday in a Bay Chamber Concerts performance.