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Japan at the start of his solo career in the early
2000s, Shimabukuro garnered worldwide
fame in 2006, when a video of him playing
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was posted
on YouTube and went viral. Ticket prices vary.
Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City.
Voices of the Valley 20th Anniversary
Concert. Dec. 8, 3 p.m. This much
beloved South Bay choral ensemble will
present a spirit-lifting program of music,
including the U.S. premiere of “House
Rules” and “What if the World Lost its
Voice” by Warren Lee, and a selection
of our all-time favorites from the
VOV repertoire. The evening
is also a celebration with a fest
with our VOV alumni from the last
two decades. Tickets $15-$30. De
Anza College Visual and Performing
Arts Center, 21250 Stevens Creek
Blvd., Cupertino. 408/864-8333.
Metropolitan Klezmer: A Family
Hanukkah Concert. Dec. 8, 5:30
p.m. Metropolitan Klezmer will get
toes tapping as they perform an exhilarating
range of musical treasures combining
the best of jazz, classical and
world music to create inspired neo-traditional
interpretations and compositions
around eclectic Yiddish repertoire. The group
also keeps audiences guessing with unexpected
musical angles that completely transform
familiar classics. Tickets $18-$40. Oshman
Family JCC-Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921
Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 650/223-8649.
Christmas Flamenco Juerga. Dec. 8, 7 p.m.
The Flamenco Society of San Jose will host
flamenco “jam session “with musical arrangements
composed of dance, song, guitar, and
percussion. This is a performance of traditional
Flamenco festival style in the spirit of the
holidays. Showcasing a great cast of flamenco
artists, Koko de la Isla’s Dance & Company.
Special guest appearance by the Flamenco
Society Dance Academy. Tickets $15-$25.
Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave., San
Palo Alto Philharmonic. Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Leo Eylar guest conducts “An Exotic Musical
Journey,” in a program that features piano
soloist Misha Galant. He has chosen works for
an evening of exoticism and fairy tale wonder
with music from Humperdinck’s beloved
opera Hansel and Gretel, the rarely performed
Symphony no. 1 by Anton Arensky, and the
“Egyptian” Piano Concerto (No. 5) by Saint-
Saens. Tickets $10-$22. Cubberley Community
Center Theatre, 4000 Middlefield
Road, Palo Alto. 650/329-2418.
Ragazzi Boys Chorus Winter Recital. Dec.
8, 3 p.m. Celebrate the musical accomplishments
of Ragazzi’s beginning Primary, intermediate
Premiere and touring Avanti boys.
Ragazzi’s program of musical growth and
progress is laid out, with each group performing
a set of songs showcasing seasonal music
throughout the concert. The audience is invited
to join in traditional carols for a joyful conclusion.
First United Methodist Church, 625
Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. 650/323-6167.
Sandra Wright Shen. Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Highly regarded international concert pianist
Sandra Wright Shen plays classical compositions
with a Christmas theme along with
beloved works that bring joy all year. Shen
has thrilled audiences at Kennedy Center,
Frankfurt Cultural Center and the Forbidden
City Concert Hall. She won First Prize at the
International Piano Competition of France,
and the Taiwan National Piano Competition.
Tickets $40-$60.Trianon Theatre, 75 N. 5th
St., San Jose. 408/990-0872.
Tis the Season Holiday Benefit with Janel
& The Heist. Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Don your favorite
holiday duds (jingle bells, ugly sweaters,
Santa suits) for this annual evening of
fun with dancing, drinking and donating.
Janel and the Heist will be back with a night
of great live music. All net proceeds will be
donated to various worthy charities (Second
Harvest Food Bank and St. Anthony’s Padua
Dining, etc.). This event is for fun people
21 and over. Tickets $100. Club Fox, 2209
Broadway St., Redwood City. 831/334-1153.
Mozart & Mendelssohn. Dec. 8, 8 p.m.,
and Dec. 9, 2:30 p.m. Following Mendelssohn’s
enchanting Overture written during
his teens, we hear two great works from
late in their composers’ lives. The Scottish
Symphony, Mendelssohn’s last, is
filled with echoes of Scotland’s stormy,
embattled history. Mozart’s Clarinet
Concerto, one of his final works, is
a touchstone of the clarinet repertory.
Tickets $50-$94. The
California Theatre, 345 S. First St.,
San Jose. 408/286-2600.
Peter and the Wolf with guest
narrator Richard Dreyfuss. Dec.
9, 2 p.m. Prokofiev’s timeless tale
of a boy and his animal friends’
bravery is brought to life! Presented
by a special guest narrator, Richard
Dreyfuss: Watch and listen as the San
Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
puts its talent on display in this classic
musical fable. Tickets $12.50-$110.
Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness
Ave., San Francisco. 415/864-6000.
The Peatot Hannukah Party. Dec. 9, 8
p.m. Join Israeli rock
cover band, the Peatot -
to celebrate the last night
of Hanukah. Come and
dance away all the calories
you gained over the past
8 days to the sound of Israel’s biggest rock and
pop hits from the past 4 decades. Get your
“Festival of Lights” groove on to the DJ spinning
dance music, and a costume contest with
great prizes. Tickets $15-$20. Club Fox, 2209
Broadway St., Redwood City. 831/334-1153.
A Chanticleer Christmas. Dec. 12, 6 p.m.
Bask in the ancient aural glow of Gregorian
chants, carols from around the world, mystical
polyphony and African-American spirituals
performed by Chanticleer, the Grammy-winning
male ensemble. Tickets $64. Stanford
Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
KFOG Concert for Kids: Sublime with
Rome. Dec. 13, 7 p.m. The band returns long
at last with new music in 2018 to complement
its first two album releases, “Sirens,”
the 2015 effervescent follow up to the band’s
2011 debut release “Yours Truly.” They put
their fresh tunes to good use with this charitable
concert benefitting UCSF Benioff Children’s
Hospital and Toys for Tots. They’re
supported by Iration and Mt. Joy. Tickets
42.50-$58. The Masonic, 1111 California St.,
San Francisco. 415/776-7457.
It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker. Dec. 14-16
and Dec. 21-23, times vary. Presented by
Cirque de la Symphony,
Dec. 5, Davies Symphony Hall,