The clear crisp mornings of New England signal the coming of the holiday concert season in Boston. Boston tradition continues with rich musical talents performing throughout November and December. Don’t miss the best of this year’s holiday offerings at some of the best venues in the city.

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Boston Symphony Orchestra 
Symphony Hall

301 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 
(617) 266-1492
www.bso.orgPrice: from $30/free children ages 2 and younger
Date: Nov. 23 to Nov. 27 – 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 – 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Dec. 5 to Dec. 24 – times vary
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The Boston Pops is best known for its concerts on the Esplanade. For the winter months, however, this company of extraordinary musicians nestles in at Symphony Hall, transforming its stage for the holidays to include a magical place for all ages. BSO makes the holidays a family affair. Keith Lockhart conducts the “2012 Holiday Pops” throughout the month of December including all of the festive winter classics. The “Holiday Pops Kids Matinee” features singalongs and a special visit from Santa. Featured pianist Christian Zaccarias performs Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven with the orchestra for the month of November. This year, Beethoven’s ballet score of “The Creature’s of Prometheus” will be the highlighted movement performed exclusively by the BSO. Don’t miss “Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, MacMillan and Roussel” with Stephane Deneve returning to the podium for the third consecutive season, bringing along all things French. Add the Dinner Package when ordering your tickets to experience nearby L’Espalier Restaurant in the Back Bay.

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Boston Baroque
NEC’s Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough St.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 585-1260
bostonbaroque.orgPrice: from $25
Date: Dec. 7 to Dec. 8 – 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 31 to Jan 1 – 8 p.m. and 3 p.m.
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Founded in 1973, The Boston Baroque Orchestra performs orchestral, choral, and operatic works using instruments and performance techniques that reflect the Baroque and Classical eras. Easily enjoyed all year long, there is something uniquely baroque about the winter season. “Handel’s Messiah,” one of Boston’s holiday traditions will be performed this year by Mary Wilson, soprano, Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano, John McVeigh, tenor and Andrew Garland, baritone, all led by Martin Pearlman. Boston Baroque moves its company for the final concert of the year to Sander’s Theater Memorial Hall at Harvard University (45 Quincy St., Cambridge), for a “Gala New Year’s Eve & First Day Concert” including a fizzy champagne reception.

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Celebrity Series of Boston
20 Park Plaza, Suite 1032
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 482-2595
www.celebrityseries.orgPrice: from $25
Date: Nov. 29 – 8 p.m.; Nov. 30 – 8 p.m.; Dec. 2 – 3 p.m.
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The Celebrity Series of Boston presents two multi-Grammy Award winning performers this holiday season. The Chucho Valdes Quartet brings Latin and Cuban jazz to the Berklee Performance Center. Considered one of the best jazz pianists of his day, Chucho Valdes has toured more than 50 countries, with an international reputation in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Center. Moving once again to the New England Conservatory of Music’s Jordan Hall, experience the harmonizing mastery of “Chanticleer.” For more than 27 years, this three-time Grammy Award-winning men’s chorale ensemble has been delighting audiences all around the world. Its repertoire spans centuries from Gregorian chants to jazz to spirituals. To round out the season, kick back to the classics with the Emerson String Quartet also performing at the NEC. It holds nine Grammy awards, appearing at venues in music capitals across the world. Expect Eugene Drucker, Phillip Setzer, violinists; Lawrence Dutton, viola and David Finckel on the cello. Its program includes Dvorak, Schumann and Brahms.

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Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Citi Wang Theatre
270 Tremont St.
Boston MA 0211
(617) 482-9393

Price: $125
Date: Nov. 23 to Dec. 9
Click here for schedule.The Wang Theatre has housed the performing arts since opening in 1925, and plans to do so again this holiday season by allowing the Grinch to steal Christmas right from under its roof. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” has been breaking a few Broadway production records, making it a must see for the entire family. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself humming, “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” or “Welcome Christmas” all of the way home.

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Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
295 Huntington Ave., Suite 210
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 236-0999
www.bostonphil.orgPrice: $25 and $30/$5 off for students, BSO alumni and seniors
Date: Nov. 25 – 3 p.m.

New Englander have the richest musical experiences for every season in the Boston area. Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, has made it his mission to found and dedicate his musical and emotional intensity to the BPYO. Zander brings about an artistic wonderland for the youth of this area that will resound with them throughout their lives. Stunning performances are guaranteed with only four concerts per season.

Related: 2012 Boston Holiday Theater Preview

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