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Today
Classical
CATHEDRAL RECITAL the Divertimento Quartet, featuring violinist Mathew Tworek, pianist Linda Mabry, violist Mary Piller and cellist Christine Treimanis. 12:30. St. Paul's Cathedral, Church and Pearl streets (855-0900).

CORO DELLA PORTELLA 30-member men's Alpine choir from Italy performing Italian regional music, plus Crossroads of Harmony women's chorus, Buffalo Creek Dancers (Native American group), and Gospel Unique Explosion (African American group). 7. Donations. St. Anthony Social Center, Court Street (854-2563).

THE GLORY OF CHRISTMAS the Festival Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Donglas D. Wendt, with the Jubilation Ringers of First United Methodist Church of North Tonawanda. 7:30. $13 advance; $15 door. Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda (692-2413).

HOLIDAY CONCERT traditional Christmas works from the Renaissance to the present day, including works Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols," William Byrd's "Mass of Four Voices," spirituals, and more. 7:30. $6.50. First Presbyterian Church, 301 Prendergast Ave., Jamestown (484-7070).

AMHERST SAXOPHONE QUARTET works of Mozart, Torke, Foss, Jongen and Carere. 7:30. $5 student/senior; $10 general. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.

ORCHARD PARK SYMPHONY holiday concert featuring soprano Julie Newell, in Mozart's "Toy Symphony" and Handel's "Pastoral," plus carol sing-along and more. 7:30. Orchard Park Middle School, 60 S. Lincoln Parkway, Orchard Park (559-4000).

ST. BONAVENTURE Christmas Concert directed by Laura Peterson, David Haack and Kevin Badanes. 7:30. Rigas Family Theater, Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, St. Bonaventure University (375-2494).

CASSATT STRING QUARTET on the Slee/Beethoven String Quartet Cycle. 8. $5, $9 or $12. Slee Concert Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst (645-ARTS or Ticketmaster/852-5000).

Popular Music
SWING INTO PARKSIDE annual swing music event, with Tracy and Brian, and the Buffalo Academy Visual and Performing Arts Jazz Band. 5 to 9. $10. Parkside Community Association, 2318 Main St. (838-1240).

THE NIELDS with Eddie From Ohio folk rock. 8. $10 or $13. The Tralfamadore Cafe, 100 Theater Place (851-8725).

OMINOUS SEAPODS with the Jim James Band. 9 (all-ages). $8. Showplace Theatre, 1063 Grant St. (447-1271).

JOANNA CONNOR Blues Band original blues/rock group. 11. $7. Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. (886-8539).

SWILLBERRIES with Michael Jackson, local original artists. 11. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. (855-3931).
Variety
TONY KENNY: Come Home to Ireland for Christmas singer/showman, with comic Noel V. Ginnity, musician Dermot O'Brien, Irish country singer Deirdre Reilly, step dancer Debbie O'Shaughnessy, musical director/arranger Seamus Brett. 8. $15 to $19. LaSalle High School, Military Road, Niagara Falls (297-6031).

Saturday
Classical
AMHERST SAXOPHONE QUARTET works of Mozart, Torke, Foss, Jongen and Carere. 3. $5 student/senior; $10 general. Slee Concert Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst (645-ARTS or Ticketmaster/852-5000).

THE GLORY OF CHRISTMAS the Festival Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Donglas D. Wendt, with the Jubilation Ringers of First United Methodist Church of North Tonawanda. 3 and 7:30. $13 advance; $15 door. Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda (692-2413).

HANDBELL SOLOIST Diane Dick with organist Tim Socha, in works of Bach and settings of advent carols. 5. Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave.

CANISIUS COLLEGE CHORALE directed by Frank Scinta, featuring works of Vivaldi, Praetorius, Rutter, Hopson, Shaw and more. 7:30. Free. Christ the King Chapel, Canisius College Campus, 2001 Main St. (888-2536).

FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS and Carols the Fredonia College Choir directed by David Evans, with organist Carol Boltz, in seasonal readings and choral works by Benjamin Britten, Gerre Hancock, Samuel Scheidt and John Tavener, plus original composition by John Hofmann. 8. Free. Frist United Methodist Church, 25 Church St., Fredonia (673-3501).

CLASSIC CHRISTMAS the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Arie Lipsky. 8. $20 general; discounts available. Olean High School, West Sullivan Street, Olean (373-1776).

COMMUNITY ADVENT CHORALE directed by Cheryl Delventhal, accompaniment by Carol Carere. 8. Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, Main and Center streets, East Aurora.

Popular
JAMES PATRICK LYNCH and the Wild Mustang Band CD release party by the national contry artists, plus local acoustic duo Dee Dee Tompkins and Doug Yeomans. 8. $20 includes CD. Tralfamadore Cafe, 100 Theater Place (851-8725).
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GAP MANGIONE BIG BAND local jazz favorites. 8. $20. Calumet Arts Cafe, 56 W. Chippewa St. (855-2220).

DR. HECTOR and the Groove Injectors blues recording artists, with local group the Jony James Blues Band. 9. Blues Room at the Lafayette Hotel, 391 Washington St. (855-2587).

MARLEE MacLOUD with Ivan Klipstein, Madison and Carolina orignal rockers, with Scott Carpenter & The Real McCoys. 10. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. (855-3931).

MICHAEL HILL'S Blues Mob CD release party by national artists. 10:30. Lafayette Tap Room, 320 Pearl St. (855-8800).

PLASTER SANDALS' Farewell Show original rockers. 11. Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. (886-8539).

Variety
CHAUTAUQUA HOLIDAY SAMPLER annual variety radio show featuring live musical performances by area artists, including folk artists Blue Grasshoppers and the Newton Street Irregulars, storyteller Mike Conley, Medieval selections by Robert Sussuma and Justin Scarimbolo, and many others. 7. Admission. Adams Art Gallery, 600 Central Ave., Dunkirk (366-7450).

Sunday
Classical
METROPOLITAN OPERA National Council Auditions public concert-style auditions featuring nine district finalists from Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Toronto. 1. Rockwell Hall Auditorium, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

BUFFALO GUITAR QUARTET artists-in-residence, in works of Bull, Mozart, Vivaldi, Gravell and Granados. 2:30. $10 general; discounts available. Maria Maday Theatre, Canisius College Campus, 2001 Main St. (888-2536).

TZETZO MEMORIAL CONCERT soprano Laura Aikin, with pianist Roland E. Martin. 3. $5, $9 or $12. Slee Concert Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst (645-ARTS or Ticketmaster/852-5000).

THIS CHRISTMASTIDE the Springville Community Chorale directed by Sandra Mears, in holiday selections from around the world. 3. Free. First Presby
terian Chruch, 38 N. Buffalo St., Springville (592-5075).

HOLIDAY CONCERT the Lockport Chorale directed by Charles F. Green, in sacred and secular works. 3. Free. Plymouth Congregational Church, 98 East Ave., Lockport.

FESTIVAL OF CHRISTMAS SONGS by the Polish Singers Alliance of America District IX. 3:30. Free. St. Stanislaus Church, Peckham and Townsend streets.

NOWELL SING WE the Western New York Chorale directed by Herbert Tinney, featuring soprano Carolyn Tinney, oboist and English hornist Paul Schlossman, and cellist Kyung-Hee Park, on the First Sundays at Four Series. 4. Suggested donations $4 seniors/students; $5 general. Church of the Ascension, 16 Linwood Ave. (884-6362).

SCARED SONG AND SCRIPTURE holiday concert by the Christ the King Seminary Festival Choir, plus guest instrumentalists. 4. Free. St. John Vianney Chapel, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora (652-8900).

CHORAL MASTERPIECES Ralph Vaughan Williams' cantata "Hodie," plus other works, featuring the Fredonia Chamber Players, Fredonia Festival Chorus, Chautauqua Children's Chorale, and vocal soloists Julie Newell, Oliver Lo and Daniel Ihasz, and flutist Susan Royal. 4. Admission. King Concert Hall, Fredonia State College Campus, Fredonia (673-3501).

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT VESPERS candlelight procession, choral and instrumental music, handbells and congregational singing. 4 and 7:30. Donations. First Trinity Lutheran Church, 1570 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda.

LESSONS AND CAROLS plus music for string quartet. 4:30. Calvary Episcopal Chruch, 20 Milton St., Williamsville (633-7800).

AMHERST COMMUNITY BAND annual Christmas concert conducted by Carol Buxton, featuring vocalists Angela Balcer and Ettore Porreca, in works of traditional holiday works and more. 5. Donations. Parkside Lutheran Church, Two Wallace Ave.

DANCES AND DREAMS the Amherst Symphony Orchestra conducted by Steven Thomas, plus the Nichols Dance Ensemble directed by Elaine Gardner, in works of Ravel, Vivaldi and others. 7. Amherst Middle School, 55 Kings Highway, Amherst.
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UB JAZZ ENSEMBLE conducted by Sam Falzone. Free. 8. Baird Recital Hall, UB Amherst Campus (645-ARTS).

Popular Music
COUNTRY GOSPEL JAMBOREE hosted by local country band Craig Wilkins and the Western New Yorkers, plus guest artists God's Country, Country Connection and Creative Spirit. 3 to 8. $5. Knowlesville Fellowship Hall, 3617 Knowlesville Road, Knowlesville (798-3173).

HAPPY HOLIDAYS and All That Jazz featuring local recording artist Michael Civisca, with the Bobby Jones Trio, on the Sundays at Seven Series. 7. $12 advance; $15 door. Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave. (877-1358).

Monday
Classical
CANTIO SACRA sacred music ensemble in Advent and Christmas music, plus "The Celebration," a service of lessons and carols by Douglas E. Wagner. 12:30. Free. Christ the King Chapel, Canisius College Campus, 2001 Main St. (888-2536).

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON the Young Christian Choir directed by Michael Quinn. 7. Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Road, Lackawanna (823-0630).

Tuesday
Classical
HANDEL'S "MESSIAH" the Ars Nova Musician's Chamber Orchestra conducted by Marylouise Nanna, with church choir and numerous soloists directed by Gergory Whit, on the Parkside Chamber Music Series. 7:30. Donations. Parkside Lutheran Church, Two Wallace Ave. (836-1361).

UB SYMPONIC BAND conducted by Jon Nelson. 8. Free. Slee Concert Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst (645-ARTS).

Wednesday
Classical
MARSH MEMORIAL Advent Recitals "Media Marantha" with Tom Laughlin. Noon. Free. First United Presbyterian Church, 19 W. Fourth St., Dunkirk (366-2421).

OPUS: CLASSICS LIVE French Canadian violinist Renee-Paule Gauthier, with German soprano Heidi Bieber and Vietnamese pianist Alexandra Nguyen, in German Lieder by Brahms, Schumann and Weill. 7. Free. Allen Hall, UB South Campus, Main Street.

ROCHESTER PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA conducted by Jeff Tyzik, with vocalist Phill Freeman, in holiday selections. 7:30. $15. Reg Lenna Civic Center, 116 E. Third St., Jamestown (487-1522).

MIGHTY WURLITZER Organ Concert by theater organist Lance Luce. 8. $8. Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda (692-2413).

UB WIND ENSEMBLE conducted by Sarah L. McKoin. 8. $3. Free. Slee
Concert Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst (645-ARTS or Ticketmaster/852-5000).

Thursday
Classical
BOSTON TOWN BAND annual Christmas concert, with Lake Effect Harmony Chorus. 7:30. Boston Valley School, 7476 Back Creek Road, North Boston.

UB CHORUS directed by Harold Rosenbaum. 8. Free. Slee Concert Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst (645-ARTS).

DOC'S HOLIDAY POPS Doc Severinson conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus directed by Thomas Swan. 7:30. Kleinhans Music Hall (885-5000 or 1-800-699-3168).
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Popular Music
KISSMAS BASH with Cher, others. 7. Buffalo Convention Center (Ticketmaster/852-5000). See Benefits.K'S CHOICE with Remi O, modern rockers. 8. $12 to $15. Showplace Theatre, 1063 Grant St. (447-1271 or Ticketmaster/852-5000).

STRAIGHT FORWARD young local jazz recording artists. 8. $10 advance; $12 door. The Tralfamadore Cafe, 100 Theater Place (851-8725).
Next Friday
Classical
CATHEDRAL RECITAL the St. Paul's Cathedral Girls' Choir conducted by Dale Adelmann, with harpist Suzanne Thomas, in Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols." 12:30. St. Paul's Cathedral, Church and Pearl streets (855-0900).

GAUDETE REJOICE Christmas concert by the Buffalo Choral Arts Society, conducted by Marcia A. Giambrone, with accompaniest Elenora J. Seib. 7:30. $10. Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna (832-4542).

DOC'S HOLIDAY POPS Doc Severinson conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus directed by Thomas Swan. 8. Kleinhans Music Hall (885-5000 or 1-800-699-3168).

Popular
VINCE GILL: A Christmas to Remember country superstar. 8. $25.50. Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center, 305 Fourth St., Niagara Falls (286-4769 or Ticketmaster/852-5000).

NANCY KELLY jazz vocalist. 8. Calumet Arts Cafe, 56 W. Chippewa St. (855-2220).

10,000 MANIACS national alternative artists. 8 (18-and-over). $12.50 to $15. The Tralfamadore Cafe, 100 Theater Place (851-8725). See also Future File.

ROCKIN' FOR WILDLIFE with The Need, McCarthyizm, others. 9. 454 Pearl Street, 454 Pearl St. See Benefits.

MEL BROWN and the Homewreckers CD release party by the Austin-based bluesman. 10. Blues Room at the Lafayette Hotel, 391 Washington St. (855-2587).

SQUEAKY WHEEL Holiday Benefit 53 Days, Evil Rufus Kay, @, Skungk and Motherbirth. 10. The Continental, 212 Franklin Ave. (855-3938). See Benefits.

BLUES CHRISTMAS PARTY The Shadows with Barbra St. Clair. 10:30. Lafayette Tap Room, 320 Pearl St. (855-8800).

THE TAILS local original artists in a CD release party, plus girlpope. 11. Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. (886-8539).

HAY DEVILS with Lords of the Highway, original rockabilly groups from Cleveland. 11. Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. (855-3931).

Outside WNY
Niagara-on-the-Lake
SHAW FESTIVAL, Festival Theater (800-511-SHAW). The BPO. Tonight at 8.

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