Looking over the musical scene for the 2005-’06 season I spot two high-profile items with price tags at different ends of the financial spectrum. The big ticket item is the installation in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center of a $6.4 million organ is expected to have an impact on the organ community throughout the world. The small, but mighty occurrence, involves only about $8,000. Signaling moral support and recognition for the expanding Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, with its very limited budget, has singled out the PSO as the sole recipient of increased funds among the state’s musical organizations.

The Kimmel organ is a big project in every way. It consists of almost 7,000 pipes and weighs about 32 tons. Six semi-trailers were required to transport the components from Lake City, Iowa, home of Dobson Pipe Organs, to its Philadelphia location. The instrument requires a space roughly the size of a McMansion; its dimensions are 55 feet by 34 feet by 26 feet. Three swell boxes the size of 12 by 13-foot rooms with nine-foot ceilings make possible gradations in volume.

The facade of the organ was installed in Kimmel’s Verizon Hall so that the appearance of the hall would be complete for its opening in December 2001. Work on the instrument began in 1998. It will be totally installed by April, 2006, and can be heard in concert for the first time in a week-long dedication festival in May.

By late July of this year the still incomplete project had consumed 52,000 man-hours of work, with 10,000 more to go. However, the Kimmel Center let organ designer Lynn Dobson, the 55-year old founder of Dobson Organs, guide a selected group of visitors around the behemoth of an instrument while its working parts were being put in place.

Taking advantage of the absence of concerts during the summer, Dobson had turned Verizon Hall into a hard-hat construction area, where a nine-man crew of skilled technicians worked on the organ. A crane stationed on stage lifted components of the instrument to help maneuver them into position. The largest element of the organ is a 64-foot hollow square wooden structure, a "pipe" designed to vibrate 14 times a second, a pitch that shakes the hall, but is too low to be heard.

Following the summer’s work of installation by Dobson and his crew, the final tweaking of the sound of the instrument, or the "voicing," was turned over to Manuel Rosales. Rosales works at odd hours of the day or night, adjusting his timing so that it does not interfere with scheduled performances in the hall.

The Kimmel organ is unusual because it can be played either mechanically or electrically. The most sensitive musicians prefer the mechanical, or "tracker," action because of the immediate response from the instrument; however, for sheer power the electric action is desirable. The Kimmel instrument is the fifth organ in the world to have the dual system, which requires solving monumental engineering problems. Instruments of this type have two consoles, or sets of controls, so that it is possible for two performers to play simultaneously, one mechanically, the other electrically. At the Kimmel Center one of the consoles is portable.

Although the Kimmel Center has a $3 million deficit, the cost of the organ does not add to the shortfall; the instrument is being financed by dedicated funds.

Now to the other end of the spectrum. Financially speaking, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra is of a different magnitude. The increased grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts supplies it with some $41,000 in fiscal 2006 compared to less than $33,000 in fiscal 2005, and almost double what it received in fiscal 2004. Most importantly, in this era of shrinking dollars for the arts, the new financing is a measure of growing esteem. The esteem is reflected also in PSO receiving a Geraldine R. Dodge grant for the first time.

The PSO, with its imaginative programming, has grown gradually fiscally sound in the last few years. Its budget for fiscal 2006 is almost double that of fiscal 2001. The size of its administrative staff has grown from a single full-time person and a part-time temp to four full-time employees.

The orchestra gets a big bang for its bucks. For the 2005-’06 season it mounts two main series, a five-concert orchestral series, and a six-concert chamber music series. Either of these might be a full season for a less enterprising group. This season the PSO adds a repeat of the Sunday afternoon chamber series, which began three years ago in Montgomery’s 1860 House. This year the 1860 House programs can also be heard at Hillsborough’s Duke Farms.

In addition, the PSO season includes a pops concert and a family concert. Mark A. Miller gives free pre-concert lectures for the second year.

The philosophy of PSO music director Mark Laycock is a determining factor in the growth of the ensemble, which has existed since the 1970s and, in 2000, removed the word "chamber" from its name to more accurately reflect its musical offerings. Laycock has directed the orchestra for 20 years.

Interviewed on the phone before his morning coffee while vacationing in Massachusetts, he says: "Musically, every work that we do is a high point. I think not in terms of concerts but in terms of special events. We intentionally introduce works to audiences that we think have great value but are off the beaten track."

Laycock talks of several pieces that typify his approach to programming. "At the first concert, in October, we’ll do a Pierne piece that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, ‘Cydalise et Le chevre-pied.’ It was written at the beginning of the 20th century and imitates pan pipes. There are six piccolos playing. It’s extraordinarily unusual."

In November the orchestra will play George Perle’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which Perle wrote for Michael Boriskin, and Boriskin will be performing the concerto again. Princeton celebrated the 90th birthday of Pulitzer-prize winner Perle this year. His second piano concerto dates from 1992.

In April the orchestra performs Rautavaara’s violin concerto. Laycock says: "He’s a living Finn. His musical language is contemporary, beautiful, and exciting, similar to Prokofieff. The piece makes tremendous demands on both orchestra and soloist and is very melodious."

For the third time PSO collaborates with American Repertory Ballet aspart of its classical subscription series. It also pays homage to the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth in a concert devoted to excerpts from three favorite Mozart operas with librettos by Lorenzo Da Ponte.

Mozart is by far the most-represented composer during the 2005-’06 season. A similar blanket of Mozart works marked the 200th anniversary of his death in 1991. One can theorize that musical organizations bide their time, ready to latch onto any good excuse to program the sunny Austrian composer.

However, before proceeding to Mozart, it’s worth taking a detour to point out a couple of rather remarkable non-Mozart events that occur in the opera world. Most remarkable is the inclusion by Trenton’s Boheme Opera Company of a 20th century American work.

Habitually, Boheme fills the Trenton War Memorial twice each season, staging traditional works from the Italian repertory. This season Boheme partners Verdi’s "Aida" with Carlisle Floyd’s 1955 "Susannah," an operatic commentary on the McCarthy era. Set in rural Tennessee, the piece retells the biblical story of Susannah and the elders, where the heroine is falsely accused. The move to include "Susannah" is not as daring as it might seem at first glance. Easy to listen to, it should be entirely accessible to members of the Boheme audience.

The opera theater of Rider University’s Westminster Choir College also turns to the 20th century with Benjamin Britten’s "Albert Herring" in November. A Mozart opera, to be announced, will be performed in the spring.

Mozart’s "Magic Flute" contributes to the commemoration of the anniversary of his death in the schedules of McCarter Theater (January 31) and New Brunswick’s State Theater (March 11).

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra contributes mightily to the anniversary by devoting its January festival to Mozart. Calling the festival "The Many Faces of Mozart," the NJSO has selected particular aspects of the composer for each of the three weeks of the festival. Week one features "Mozart’s Autumn Years;" week two, "Mozart and the Voice;" and week three, "Mozart the Pianist."

Compared to Mozart, the 100th anniversary of Shostakovich’s birth evokes no similar splash; he is programmed only slightly more than he was during his 2004-’05 unbirthday season, and primarily by chamber groups.

Beethoven is scheduled relatively little. An exception is Irish pianist John O’Conor, who returns to Richardson Auditorium.

O’Conor plays Beethoven’s six last sonatas and Princeton’s Beethoven expert Scott Burnham lectures during a three-day tribute to the composer.

Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Ravel are holding their own. Bach, Brahms, and Schubert have almost disappeared from the radar screen.

Area residents can, as usual, glory in the plethora of events covering the range of solo, chamber, orchestral, choral, and opera performances.

Calendar

For the complete calendar of music events in central New Jersey, including fox music and jazz, go to www.princetoninfo.com/us1evts.html

Fall Season: Classical Music

American Boychoir

Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, 888-BOYCHOIR, www.americanboychoir.org.

Concert by the concert choir. Sunday, October 2, and Sunday, October 9.

Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, 888-BOYCHOIR, www.americanboychoir.org.

Voices of Angels. Concert performed by all choirs. Saturday, December 17.

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 888-BOYCHOIR, www.americanboychoir.org.

Winter Wonderland. Concert performed by all choirs. Sunday, December 18.

Boheme Opera

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton, 609-581-7200, www.bohemeopera.com.

A Reunion Concert. Boheme Opera Orchestra celebrates the 95th anniversary of St. Joachim’s School, the site where Boheme Opera began. Production features opera, Italian folk songs, Broadway, and the Bocelli Songbook. $25 to $40. Saturday, October 1.

Aida. Verdi’s opera is a tale of love, war, and jealousy features a collaboration with American Repertory Ballet. In Italian with projected English titles. Also, Sunday, November 6, at 3 p.m. $28 to $68. Friday, November 4.

Peddie School

Mount-Burke Theater, Peddie School, Hightstown, 609-490-7550, www.peddie.org/capps.

Trio Voronezh. Their repertoire ranges from classical works of Bach, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, and Schubert, to Russian folk music, and popular tunes. The trio of graduates of the Academy of music in Voronezh in Russia. $20. Saturday, October 1.

Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra

Church of Christ, 33 River Road, Princeton, 609-258-5000, www.gpyo.org.

Holiday Chamber Concert. Sunday, December 4. Institute for Advanced Study Wolfensohn Hall, 609-734-8228, www.ias.edu/air.

Songs: With and Without Words. Concert by jazz pianist Fred Hersch. Post concert talk explores the connections between the jazz and classical music traditions. Also Saturday, October 8. Register. Free. Friday, October 7.

West Building Lecture Hall, 609-734-8228, www.ias.edu/air.

Recent Pasts 20/21 Conversation. Past, Present, and Future:

John Corigliano speaks with Michael Boriskin and Jon Magnussen. Associated with "Snapshots and Legacies" concert presented Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3, Wolfensohn Hall. Corigliano has earned both Academy and Pulitzer-Prize awards. Register. Free. Friday, December 2.

Wolfensohn Hall, 609-734-8228, www.ias.edu/air.

Snapshots and Legacies: The Music of John Corigliano. Concert by the ensemble Music from Copland House features the music of John Corigliano, Igor Stravinsky, and Aaron Copland. Works include Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan for soprano and piano; Sextet for clarinet, piano, and string quartet; and Concertino for string quartet. Also, Saturday, December 3. Register. Free. Friday, December 2.

Mason Gross School of the Arts

Nicholas Music Center, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511, www.masongross.rutgers.edu.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. Kynan Johns conducts "Loves, Labours, Lost." $10. Saturday, October 8.

Musica Raritana. Andrew Kirkman directs. $20. Saturday, October 15.

Kirkpatrick Chapel, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511, www.masongross.rutgers.edu.

Limburg Male Chamber Choir. Dion Ritten conducts. Free. Thursday, October 20.

Nicholas Music Center, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511, www.masongross.rutgers.edu.

Rutgers Wind Ensemble. Conducted by William Berz. $20. Tuesday, October 25.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. Guest conductor Patrick Gardner.

Soloists in Haydn’s "Creation" are Julianne Baird, soprano, and Frederick Urrey, tenor. $20. Sunday, November 6.

Kirkpatrick Chapel, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511, www.masongross.rutgers.edu.

Opera Workshop. Dido and Aeneas featuring Musica Raritana. Fully-staged and costumed with period instruments. Also Sunday, November 13, 2 p.m. Free. Friday, November 11.

Nicholas Music Center, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511, www.masongross.rutgers.edu.

Rutgers Brass Ensemble. "Kings and Queens of Brass" directed by Scott Whitener. Free. Saturday, November 12.

Kirkpatrick Chapel, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511, www.masongross.rutgers.edu.

Conversations. Faculty chamber concert featuring George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae with Bart Ferrer, Jonathan Spitz, and Min Kwon. Free. Tuesday, November 15.

Nicholas Music Center, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511, www.masongross.rutgers.edu.

Rutgers Wind Ensemble. Directed by William Berz. $20. Friday, November 18.

Kirkpatrick Chapel, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511, www.masongross.rutgers.edu.

Rutgers University Choir. Thomas Juneau conducts. Free. Saturday, November 19.

Collegium Musicum. Andrew Kirkman conducts. $10. Monday, November 21.

Voorhees Choir. Candlelight concert. Free. Sunday, December 4.

Rutgers Philharmonia. Free. Sunday, December 4.

Rutgers Symphony Band. Darryl Bott conducts. Free. Thursday, December 8.

Nicholas Music Center, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511, www.masongross.rutgers.edu.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. Mahler. $20. Friday, December 9.

Kirkpatrick Chapel, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511, www.masongross.rutgers.edu.

Christmas in Carol and Song. Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir and Glee Club. Patrick Gardner conducts. Antonius Bittman on organ. $20. Also Sunday, December 11. Saturday, December 10.

Nicholas Music Center, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511, www.masongross.rutgers.edu.

Rutgers Wind Ensemble. Directed by William Berz. $20. Monday, December 12.

McCarter Theater

91 University Place, 609-258-2787, www.mccarter.org.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Piano concert by the French pianist includes Schumman’s "Carnaval" and Ravel’s "Gaspard de la Nuit." $33 to $39. Tuesday, October 18.

Christian Tetzlaff. Concert with Christian Tetzlaff, violin, and Lars Vogt, piano features two of Brahms’ violin sonatas plus works of Schumann and Webern. $33 to $39. Monday, October 24.

The Salzburg Marionettes. "Hansel and Gretel," the popular opera by Humperdinck, will be sung in English. $33 to $40. Thursday, November 3.

Hilary Hahn. Violin concert with Natalie Zhu on piano features sonatas by Ysaye, Mozart, Enescu, and Beethoven. Hahn entered the Curtis Institute at age 10 and made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra three years later. $37 to $43. Tuesday, November 15.

Richardson Auditorium, 609-258-2787, www.mccarter.org.

Vienna Choir Boys. Holiday program by group founded more than 500 years ago. Note location on Princeton University campus. $35 to $40. Monday, December 12.

Bach’s Complete Brandenburgs. Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents holiday music with guest artists. Note location on Princeton University campus. $39 to $45. Monday, December 19.

Montgomery Center for the Arts

124 Montgomery Road, Skillman, 609-921-3272, www.montgomerycenterforthearts.com.

Chamber Music Series. Brass quintet with Joseph Reardon. $25. Sunday, October 16.

Chamber Music Series. "Music of Schubert, Schumann, and Poulenc" presented by Carol Chickering, soprano, and Jeffrey Uhlig, piano. $25. Sunday, November 20.

Chamber Music Series. "Music for Two Harps" presented by Andre Tarantiles and Barbara Biggers. $25. Sunday, December 11.

New Jersey Opera Theater

Doral Forrestal, Plainsboro, 609-951-9697, www.njot.org.

Inaugural black tie gala to benefit educational outreach and emerging artists programs. VIP cocktail hour with Metropolitan Opera singers Allan Glassman and Elizabeth Futral and singers from the summer program entertain. Summer, 2006, season will be announced. Saturday, October 29.

Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, 609-951-9697, www.njot.org.

Arias & Ensembles. Friday, November 11.

Smith House, Sayre Drive, Plainsboro, 609-951-9697, www.njot.org.

Soiree. Sunday, November 13.

Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, 609-951-9697, www.njot.org.

HolidayFare Concert. Saturday, December 17.

Zimmerli Museum, New Brunswick, 609-951-9697, www.njot.org.

HolidayFare Concert. Sunday, December 18.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

State Theater, New Brunswick, 800-ALLEGRO, www.njsymphony.org.

Symphonic Dances. Neeme Jarvi conducts in his inaugural season as music director. Champagne toast at the conclusion of concert and guest book in lobby for the audience to offer well wishes. $20 to $75. Thursday, September 29. Also Friday, September 30, at the War Memorial, Trenton, and Sunday, October 2, at NJPAC, Newark.

NJPAC, Newark, 800-ALLEGRO, www.njsymphony.org.

Neeme and the Dance. Neeme Jarvi conducts works by Alfven, Tubin, and Ravel. Erick Wyrick on violin is featured. $20 to $75. Friday, October 7, and Sunday, October 9.

Richardson Auditiorium, Princeton University, 800-ALLEGRO, www.njsymphony.org.

Haydn the Miraculous. Neeme Jarvi conducts works by Haydn, Chopin, Glinka, and Schubert. Jie Chen on piano is featured. $20 to $75. Friday, October 28, and Tuesday, November 1, at NJPAC, Newark.

NJPAC, Newark, 800-ALLEGRO, www.njsymphony.org.

Drumroll for Mahler. Neeme Jarvi conducts works by Haydn and Mahler. $20 to $75. Friday, November 4, and Saturday, November 5. Also Sunday, November 6, at the State Theater.

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 800-ALLEGRO, www.njsymphony.org.

Scottish Symphony. Lawrence Foster conducts works by Enesco, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn. Jonathan Biss on piano. $20 to $75. Friday, November 25. Also Tuesday, November 29, at NJPAC, Newark.

NJPAC, Newark, 800-ALLEGRO, www.njsymphony.org.

Beethoven’s Seventh. Works by Britten, Beethoven, and Part conducted by Neeme Jarvi. Janine Jansen on violin. $20 to $75. Friday, December 2, and Sunday, December 4, at the State Theater, New Brunswick.

POPS. "Holiday Brass" featuring the Canadian Brass with the orchestra. Saturday, December 10.

Princeton Pro Musica

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-683-5122, www.princetonpromusica.org.

Psalms and Celebration. Concert features works of Mozart, Cone, and Bach with featured singers Julianne Baird, soprano; Ory Brown, contralto; Frederick Urrey, tenor; and Sumner Thompson, bass; and the Princeton Girlchoir. Pre-concert lecture at 3 p.m. $30 and $35. Sunday, October 23.

Carols for Chorus, Harp, and Percussion. Concert features Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, and Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies of the American Southwest; and festive music of the season. Pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. at Nassau Presbyterian Church. $30 and $35. Friday, December 16.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra

Richardson Auditorium, 609-497-0020, www.princetonsymphony.org.

Mark Laycock’s 20th Anniversary Tribute. Concert program includes Wagner’s "The Ride of the Valkyries," Pierne’s "Cydalise et Le Chevre-pied," and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. $15 to $60. Sunday, October 2.

Close to Home. Concert features Michael Boriskin on piano in a program including Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, Perle’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2. $15 to $60. Sunday, November 13.

Holiday Family Concert. Annual festive concert features holiday favorites, special guests, and the annual sing-along. $30; $18 child. Saturday, December 17.

Princeton Theological Seminary

Gambrell Room, Schiede Hall, 609-497-7890.

Chamber Concert. Fiat Lux Chamber Players present their first concert. Founded by Holly Chatham and James Wood Uribe, the program features piano quartets with works of Mozart, Schumann, and Mahler. Holly Chatham, piano; Patrick Wood, violin; Michael Nicholas, viola; and Ole Eirik Ree, Cello. $15. Friday, September 23.

Princeton University Concerts

Richardson Auditorium, 609-258-5000.

Guarneri String Quartet. $20 to $35. Thursday, September 22.

Antoine Tamestit. Viola concert. $20 to $35. Thursday, October 6.

Borodin String Quartet. $20 to $35. Thursday, October 27.

Richardson Chamber Players. "Boston Common in the Dark." $20 to $35. Sunday, November 6.

Meridian Arts Ensemble and Guests. $20 to $35. Thursday, December 1.

State Theater

15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469, www.StateTheatreNJ.org.

Munich Symphony Orchestra. Debut tour of the U.S. features Philippe Entremont as conductor and piano soloist. Program includes works by Weber, Mozart, and Brahms. Pre-performance Insight available. In celebration of the orchestra’s appearance, the theater serves a special Oktoberfest beer from Harvest Moon Brewery. $30 to $65. Saturday, October 15.

La Boheme. Opera Verdi presents Puccini’s story in Italian with English supertitles. Pre-performance Insight available. $25 to $55. Thursday, October 27.

Csardas. The Tango of the East featuring Dance Ensemble, Budapest, Pre-performance Insight available. $25 to $45. Friday, October 28.

Ronan Tynan. "Hitting the High Notes: Living Life to the Fullest" by celebrated tenor, physician, and champion disabled athlete. $25 to $50. Thursday, November 10.

Carmina Burana and Bolero. Teatro Lirico D’Europa, Sofia Symphony Orchestra, and Ballet Arabesk present classics of Carl Orff and Maurice Ravel. $25 to $55. Saturday, November 19.

Steinway Musical Society

Jacobs Music, 2540 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, 609-434-0222, www.princetonol.com/groups/steinway.

Christopher Falzone. Musicale and reception. $15. Sunday, October 9.

Junie Cho. Musicale and reception. $15. Sunday, November 13.

Westminster Choir College

Bristol Chapel, 609-921-2663, westminster.rider.edu.

Visiting Artists Series. Pianist Chiu-Ling Lin presents a program of works by Mozart, Debussy, Ginastera, Chopin, and Schoenfield. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as the winner of the East and West Young Artist Auditions and has soloed with 14 orchestras. Free. Saturday, September 24.

French Connections. Violinist Denise Huizenga and pianist Phyllis Alpert Lehrer present works of Debussy, Leclair, Prokofieff, and Faure. Free. Sunday, September 25.

Faculty Recital Series. Pianist Clipper Erickson in recital, "American Journey: Music of Three Centuries," features Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue," Crumb’s "A Little Suite for Christmas," and pieces by Griffes, Barta, Finko, Copland, Waller, and Johnson. $10. Sunday, September 25.

Duo Piano. Lillian Livingston and Ingrid Clarfield. $15. Sunday, October 2.

Wiener Liederaband. Elem Eley and J.J. Penna present the music of Beethoven, Wolf, and Mahler. $15. Sunday, October 16.

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-258-5000, westminster.rider.edu.

Halloween Concert. Westminster Community Orchestra led by Ruth Ochs. Ena Bronstein Barton and Phyllis Alpert Lehrer on piano present music of Khachaturian, Mozart, Liadov, and Copland. Sunday, October 30.

The Playhouse, Princeton, 609-921-2663, westminster.rider.edu.

Albert Herring. Britten’s opera performed by Westminster Opera Theater. Through Sunday, November 6. $15. Thursday, November 3.

Bristol Chapel, 609-921-2663, westminster.rider.edu.

Westminster Jubilee Singers. 10th anniversary concert features music from the African-American experience including spirituals, hymns, and gospel songs. J. Donald Dumpson conducts. $15 to $50. Friday, November 4.

The Playhouse, Princeton, 609-921-2663, westminster.rider.edu.

Albert Herring. Britten’s opera performed by Westminster Opera Theater. Through Sunday, November 6. $15. Friday, November 4.

Bristol Chapel, 609-921-2663, westminster.rider.edu.

Eric Hung in Recital. Eric Hung, piano; Lee Heuermann, soprano; and Charles Nichols, violin, present works of Jacques Hetu, Lee Heuermann, John Harbison, Toru Takemitsu, Charles Nichols, and William Albright. $15. Sunday, November 13.

Cool Yule Jazz III. Philip Orr, piano; Jerry Rife, clarinet; and guests performing jazz arrangements of holiday favorites. $20. Friday, December 2.

Handbell Holiday Concert. Kathleen Ebling-Thorne directs. Also Sunday, December 4. $20. Saturday, December 3.

Christmas with the Bach Family. Westminster Conservatory faculty members perform sacred and secular music 4. $20. Friday, December 9.

Family Christmas Concert. Westminster Conservatory Children’s Choir with audience participation. Also Sunday, December 11. $15. Saturday, December 10.

Kindle the Tapers: A Concert for Chanukah. Westminster Conservatory Youth Chorale led by Frank Abrahams. $15. Sunday, December 18.

The Glory of Baroque. Westminster Conservatory Community Chamber Choir with a baroque instrumental ensemble featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria in D. $15. Sunday, December 18.

A Rose in Winter. Fuma Sacra presentation. $20. Monday, December 19.

Westminster Conservatory

Princeton University Chapel, 609-258-5000.

An Evening of Readings and Carols. Holiday music for choir, organ, and brass by Westminster Chapel Choir, Schola Cantorum, and Bell Choir. Also Saturday, December 10. $15 to $35. Friday, December 9.

Richardson Auditorium, 609-258-5000.

Westminster Community Orchestra and Chorus. Holiday songs by Handel, Williams, and Mendelssohn. $15. Thursday, December 15.

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