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Schola Cantorum ushers in holidays with concert, 'Messiah Sing'

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley is scheduled to celebrate the holiday season with two concerts.

‘A John Rutter Christmas’

The 80-voice choir is set to perform “A John Rutter Christmas” 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The concert will feature the music of composer, arranger and conductor Rutter, one of the editors of the Oxford Carols for Choirs series. The choir will perform three pieces Rutter edited from the Baroque, Renaissance and modern periods, as well as his “Star Carol” and “Donkey Carol,” among others selections.

Schola Cantorum also will sing Rutter’s arrangements of familiar carols including “Away in a Manager,” “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night.”

The concert will end with a sing-along and a visit from Santa.

“Christmas for me is music,” said Schola Cantorum music director Gregory Wait. “The concert will be a lovely afternoon respite from the hustle and bustle, and a chance to hear beautiful singing of beautiful music. And there will be candy involved.”

Tickets are $33.

For tickets, visit mvcpa.com.

‘Messiah Sing’

Schola Cantorum’s 52nd annual “Messiah Sing,” where anyone can join in the choruses and sing the solos, is slated 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

In his final season as music director, Wait will conduct participants and chamber orchestra Sinfonia Schola Cantorum in Handel’s classic oratorio, which includes the “Hallelujah” chorus.

Participants can bring their own score or use one provided.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $18 for students and $20 per person for groups of 10 or more.

For tickets, visit mvcpa.com.

For more information on Schola Cantorum and its concert calendar, visit scholacantorum.org.

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