• CLASSICAL MUSIC

TODAY

Southern Maine Children’s Chorus, annual winter concert, University of Southern Maine (Corthell Concert Hall), Gorham. Free/donation. usm.maine.edu/music. 7 p.m.

Portland Conservatory of Music Noonday Concert, with the USM Chamber Singers and Robert Russell, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. Free. 775-3356. 12:15 p.m.

Bates Gamelan Orchestra, program inspired by classical Javanese percussion music, Bates College (chapel), Lewiston. Free; tickets required. 786-6135. 8 p.m. 

FRIDAY

“Magic of Christmas,” annual holiday concert with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Magic of Christmas Chorus and guests, Merrill Auditorium, Portland. $25 to $55. 842-0800.

7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 18.

Chamber ME Music Series, piano and violin music by Beethoven, Schumann and Bartok, Freeport Community Center. Free. tinyurl.com/chamberME. 11 a.m.

Chamber ME Music Series, piano and violin music by Beethoven, Schumann and Bartok, State Street Church, Portland. Free. 251-1953. 5 p.m.

St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble, ancient Russian chants to Western European chorales and modern music, Christ Church, Kennebunk. $10; $7 for students and seniors. 985-4494. 7 p.m.

St. Cecilia Chamber Choir, “A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols,” Second Congregational Church, Newcastle. $15; free for students. ceciliachoir.org. 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Concert, Oxford Hills Chamber Choir and pianist Paul Sullivan, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School (auditorium), South Paris. $10; $8 for students. 743-7813. 7 p.m. 

SATURDAY

Musica de Filia Holiday Concert, South Portland High School auditorium. $10; $5 for students. 807-2158. 2 p.m.

Chamber ME Music Series, piano and violin music by Beethoven, Schumann and Bartok, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk. Free. 967-9120. Noon.

St. Cecilia Chamber Choir, “A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols,” Bowdoin Chapel, Brunswick. $15; free for students. ceciliachoir.org. 3 p.m.

DaPonte String Quartet, Christmas concert, Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, Topsham. Free. daponte.org. 7 p.m.

Wescustago Youth Chorale, 14th annual winter concert, Freeport Performing Arts Center. $10; $5 for students and seniors. 846-0705. 3 p.m.

University of Southern Maine Chamber Choir, annual holiday concert, reception following concert, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Portland. Free/donation. 939-2260. 4 p.m. 

SUNDAY

Portland String Quartet, Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue,” reception following concert, Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland. $22; $20 for seniors; free for ages 21 and under. 761-1522. 2 p.m.

Odeon Holiday Concert, with Marc Johnson and all four Odeon ensembles, Rockport Opera House. Free. 236-2823. 2:30 p.m.

DaPonte String Quartet, Christmas concert, Second Congregational Church, Newcastle. Free. daponte.org. 3 p.m.

“Music’s Quill: A Baroque Christmas,” with Timothy Burris, lute, and Timothy Neill Johnson, tenor, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland. $15; $10 students and seniors. 772-5434. 3 p.m.

Holiday Concert, with composer Tim Janis, benefits the high School and Mercy Hospital, Catherine McAuley High School, Portland. $25. 797-3802, Ext. 2018. 2 p.m.

Choral Art Society, “Carols in the Library,” Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Portland. $10, $12; reservations required. 774-1822, Ext. 206. 2:30 p.m. 

MONDAY

Coastal Youth Orchestra’s Winter Concert, with The Fiddleheads, the Coastal String Ensemble and the Coastal Chamber Orchestra, Orion Performing Arts Center, Topsham. Free/donations. 729-5156. 7 p.m. 

TUESDAY

St. Mary Schola, early music ensemble performs 17th-century French Christmas carols, English advent music and more, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland. $20. stmaryschola.org. 7:30 p.m. 

DEC. 15

Portland Conservatory of Music Noonday Concert, holiday sing-along with Robert Russell and Choral Arts members, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland. Free. 775-3356. 12:15 p.m. 

• DANCE

“Dance USM!” annual dance concert, University of Southern Maine (Russell Hall), Gorham. $15; $11 for seniors; $8 for students. usm.maine.edu/theatre. 7:30 p.m. today to Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. 

• THEATER

“The Snow Queen,” family-friendly adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, Portland Stage Company. $30 to $40; $12 for children. portlandstage.org. 7 p.m. today and Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; noon and 5 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 15. Through Dec. 24.

David Sedaris’ “Santaland Diaries,” one-man holiday comedy for adults, Portland Stage Company (Studio Theater). $20; $17 students. portlandstage.org. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to Dec. 15. Through Dec. 18.

“A Celtic Christmas,” holiday celebration of performance, song and dance by AIRE, Lucid Stage, Portland. $18 to $22; $12 for children under 12. 799-5327. 7:30 p.m. today and Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Nasson Community Center (Little Theatre), Springvale. $12; $10 seniors and students. sanfordmainestage.com. 7:30 p.m. today; 10 a.m. Friday.

“Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!),” musical comedy, Schoolhouse Arts Center, Standish. $14; $12 for students and seniors. 642-3743. 7:30 p.m. today to Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Through Dec. 17.

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” with background music, bare stage and minimal props, Freeport Factory Stage. $10 to $12. freeportfactory.com. 7 p.m. today; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” joint production of the Theatre Company at Falmouth High and the Falmouth High School Chorus, Falmouth High School. $7; $5 students and seniors. falmouththeatre.org. 7:30 p.m. today and Friday; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” set in 1969 with ’60s rock songs presented by Thornton Academy Players, Thornton Academy Garland Auditorium, Saco. $5; $3 with food donation. thorntonacademy.org/store. 7 p.m. today to Saturday.

“Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music,” family-friendly touring musical, Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland. $10 to $50. 775-3458. 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Musical,” based on the classic movie, Portland Players. $20; $18 seniors; $15 students with ID. portlandplayers.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

“The Wandering Beggar,” celebrates early Eastern European Jewish communities, Acorn Studios, Westbrook. $15; $12 students and seniors. 854-0065. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 18.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” by Studio Theatre of Bath, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath. $13 to $15. 442-8455. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 18.

“Miracles on School Street,” all-ages collaboration to celebrate the season, Theater Project, Brunswick. $12. theaterproject.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 18.

“Love’s Old Sweet Song,” actress and soprano Janet Lynch portrays Molly Bloom from Joyce’s “Ulysses,” Mayo Street Arts, Portland. $10. mayostreetarts.org. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” by the Feeney Players, St. Joseph’s College (Viola George Auditorium), Standish. $10; $5 for ages 18 and under. 893-7723. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

“The Gift of the Magi,” Covelight Productions presentation of holiday musical set in 1940s Maine, Williston-Immanuel United Church, Portland. $15; $10 for ages 17 and under. (603) 953-3640. 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday.

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” performed by six actors and a fiddler, Public Theatre, Lewiston. $18; $5 for children. thepublictheatre.org. 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

“Seussical the Musical,” family-friendly musical based on Dr. Seuss characters, Midcoast Performing Arts Center, Brunswick. $10; $8 for seniors and students. youth-theater.org/index.html. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 17.

“Christmas with the Rat Pack,” dinner theater based on iconic Las Vegas act, Anthony’s Dinner Theater, Portland. $39.99, includes five-course dinner. 221-2267. 7 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 17.

“Pinocchio,” presented by Heartwood Theater, Lincoln Academy (Parker B. Poe Theater), Newcastle. $8; $5 for students. 563-1373. 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” by New Surry Theater of Blue Hill, Stonington Opera House. $12. 367-2788. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Charles Dickens’ “The Christmas Bride,” musical by Snowlion Repertory Company, Lucid Stage, Portland. $17; $15 for students and seniors. lucidstage.com. 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Through Dec. 21. 

• AUDITIONS

“Beyond Therapy,” Chocolate Church Arts Center (Curtis Room Annex), Bath. studiotheatreofbath.com. 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

• ART MUSEUMS

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

“The Circus Comes to Town,” Bex Bros. Circus, miniature circus figures and more, Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport. Opens Saturday. Through Jan. 29. penobscotmarinemuseum.org 

CONTINUING

Portland Museum of Art: “Madeleine de Sinety: Photographs,” photos of everyday people and public events over a 40-year period, through Dec. 18; “Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection,” Shaker furniture, printed works, visual art, tools, textiles, and small craft, through Feb. 5. portlandmuseum.org

University of New England Art Gallery, Portland: “Faces of War,” photo essay of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan by Jerry Robinov, through Feb. 12. une.edu/artgallery/facesofwar.cfm

Maine Historical Society, Portland: “Having in Paris a Great Success,” French fashion from 1928 to 1936, through Dec. 31; “Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In: Adornment & Identity in Maine,” artifacts reveal the way Mainers dressed from the 18th to 20th centuries, through May 27. mainehistory.org

Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk: “Barry: The Art Exhibition,” Edith Cleaves Barry’s paintings, sculpture and pen-and-ink drawings, through Jan. 9. 985-4802.

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick: “Along the Yangzi River: Regional Culture of the Bronze Age from Hunan,” 60 bronze vessels and monumental bells cast in southern China between 1300 B.C.E. and 221 B.C.E., through Jan. 8; “Where Hath Fleeting Beauty Fled?”, selections of 19th- and 20th-century art, through Jan. 22; “After Atget: Todd Webb Photographs, New York and Paris,” street photography of Webb, through Jan. 29. bowdoin.edu

Saco Museum: “Let Heaven and Nature Sing: Seventh Annual Festival of Trees,” through Dec. 31. 283-3861.

Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland: Louise Nevelson, sculptures, through Dec. 31; Paul Caponigro, “The Hidden Presence of Places,” black-and-white photographs, through Jan. 15; “Beyond Rugs!”, rug-hooking textile art, through Feb. 5. 596-6457.

Bates College (Olin Arts Center), Lewiston: “Tale Spinning,” narrative art, and “25: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” celebrating the museum’s 25th anniversary, both through Dec. 17. 786-6158.

Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor: “Twisted Path II: Contemporary American Art Informed by Tradition,” contemporary art show featuring native artists from the Northeast, through May; “Indians and Rusticators,” through December 2012. abbemuseum.org

UMaine Museum of Art, Bangor: Dominic Chavez: “The Global Lens,” photography exhibit; Carlo Pittore, “Studio Life,” paintings; and Abe Ajay, “Constructions,” wall-oriented relief sculptures, all through Dec. 30. umma.umaine.edu

• ART GALLERIES

OPENINGS/RECEPTIONS

“Something Blue,” multi-artist exhibit, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth. elizabethmossgalleries.com. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. today.

Annual Small Works Show, painting and mixed media by 18 artists, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast. 338-0555. Opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Annual Holiday Reception, Phoenix Studio, Portland. phoenixstudio.com. Fine art glass, 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Annual Holiday Exhibition, work by gallery artists and invited guest artists, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland. 594-5935. Reception, today. Through Dec. 23.

“Photo a Go Go,” silent auction and music, Bakery Photographic Collective, Westbrook. bakeryphoto.com. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

“Inside Stories,” oil paintings by Adria Moynihan, running with scissors, Portland. 978-394-6605. Opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Through Dec. 24.

Jean Kigel’s “Kitchen Americana,” The Bakery, Damariscotta. 563-2867. Artist reception, 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Through Dec. 31.

“Maine 10,” holiday art show, Gallery Framing, Brunswick. 729-9108. Artist reception, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Kathleen Daughan Open Studio, Lucid Stage, Portland. kathleendaughan.com. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

“Multiples,” group exhibition with Mildred Johnson, George Mason and Isabelle Pelissier, Coleman Burke Gallery (Fort Andross), Brunswick. colemanburke.com. Artist reception, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Through Feb. 1.

“Two Painters,” Katherine Gagnon and Angela Warren, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland. 772-1961. Artist reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 15. 

CONTINUING

Maine College of Art (Institute of Contemporary Art), Portland: “A Perpetual Present: 2011 MECA Faculty Selects Exhibition,” through Dec. 23. 699-5029.

University of Southern Maine (Woodbury Campus Center), Portland: “Many Hands: Wabanaki Paths of Learning,” installation, through Dec. 16. usm.maine.edu/gallery

Rose Contemporary, Portland: “Enter Night,” multimedia, through Dec. 31. 780-0700.

Zero Station Art, Design and Framing, Portland: “New and Recent Photographs” by Thomas Birtwistle, Cole Caswell and Bryan Graf, through Feb. 1. zerostation.com

Coleman Burke Gallery at Port City Music Hall, Portland: “Bad Seed #3,” work by JT Gibson. colemanburke.com. Through Jan. 25.

Gleason Fine Art, Portland: “Eye Catchers,” artwork to please the eye and tickle the senses, through Jan. 30. 699-5599.

Harmons & Bartons Gallery, Portland: “Bringing Art Home for the Holidays,” four craft artists in fiber, metal, wood and clay, through Dec. 31. 774-5948.

Addison Woolley Gallery, Portland: Diane Hudson’s “My Chicago” and Jane Banquer’s “Vanishing Acts,” through Dec. 22. 450-8499.

Green Hand Bookshop, Portland: “In the Forest By the Sea,” paintings by Jada Fitch, through Jan. 30. 450-6695.

June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland: “Drawing the Line #11,” drawings large and small, through Dec. 23. 699-5083.

Fore Street Gallery, Portland: “New Work,” paintings by Paul Black, through Jan. 7. 874-8084.

Greenhut Galleries, Portland: “Peace 2011,” paintings, drawings and sculptures, through Dec. 31. 772-2693.

Portland Public Library (Lewis Gallery): “Port of Portland: A Ship-Shaped History,” presented by Maine Maritime Museum, through Jan. 3. maine.aiga.org

University of Southern Maine Art Gallery, Gorham: Juried student exhibition, through Friday. usm.maine.edu/gallery

The Royal Bean, Yarmouth: Artisans collective mixed-media show and sale, through Dec. 15. 846-7967.

317 Main Street Community Music Center, Yarmouth: Michele A. Caron, paintings in gouache, egg tempera and sign lettering enamels, through Jan. 13. 317mainst.org

Skyline Farm, North Yarmouth: “Back to the Land,” exhibit and sale, through Sunday. skylinefarm.org

Thos. Moser Showroom, Freeport: “Celebrate Women Artists in Maine,” group show of 20 artists, through Dec. 31. 865-4519.

Markings Gallery, Bath: Invitational ornament show, ornaments in glass, clay, wood, fiber and metals, through Dec. 31. markingsgallery.com

Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery, Boothbay Harbor: Multi-artist show and sale, through Sunday. 380-7554.

Gold/Smith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor: “Gift Wrapped,” mixed-media collages by Noriko Sakanishi, through Dec. 24. 633-6252.

Snug Harbor Farm, Kennebunk: Second annual holiday art show, through Dec. 31. snugharborfarm.com

Kennebunk Free Library: YES Art Works Group Exhibit, through Dec. 31. 985-2173.

Red Door Pottery Studio, Kittery: “Focus on India,” photos by Lawrence Elbroch, through Dec. 15. 439-5671.

Damariscotta River Grill: “Objects of Affection,” still-life paintings by Liliana Thelander, Denise Rankin, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon and Pamela Hansen, through Monday. damariscottarivergrill.com

Fryeburg Academy (Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries of Art): “John Hultberg and Monhegan Island: The Man, The Place and his Dreams,” through Jan. 21. fryeburgacademy.org

Monkitree, Gardiner: “Beast in Show,” benefit for area animal organizations by artists Susan Mathias and Nancy McGinnis, through Jan. 16. 512-4679.

Aarhus Gallery, Belfast: “Holiday Extravaganza,” more than 60 Maine artists, craftsmen, poets and musicians, through Dec. 24. 338-0001.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport: “Still/Moving,” performance, video, sculptural objects, printmaking and photography by Deborah Wing-Sproul; “Sferics and Aural Ecosystem,” installation artists Zach Poff and N.B. Aldrich; and “Pieced” and “Wired,” contemporary artists Gabriella D’Italia, George Mason and Ellen Wieske, all through Sunday. cmcanow.org

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport: “Maine Wood 2012,” biennial juried exhibition of outstanding Maine woodworkers, through Feb. 3. woodschool.org

Archipelago, Rockland: “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” diverse works of four Maine artists, through March 16. 596-0701.

Carver Hill Gallery, Rockland: Diane Bowie Zaitlin, encaustic paintings, through Dec. 31. carverhillgallery.com

Art Space Gallery, Rockland: “A Tradition of Affordable Art,” winter show, through Dec. 31. artspacemaine.com

Frost Gully Gallery, Thomaston: Dahlov Ipcar paintings, through Saturday. frostgullygallery.com.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth: “Small Works 2011,” multi-artist show, through Dec. 23. 667-6611.

Harlow Gallery, Hallowell: “8x10x10,” group show; all work $80, through Saturday. 622-3813.

 

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