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Renaissance Christmas


The Cantata Singers will present “A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Victoria, Lassus and Schütz” at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the First Lutheran Church, 299 Berkeley St.


The ensemble will perform Renaissance and Baroque music for chamber chorus and orchestra by Heinrich Schütz, Giovanni Gabrieli, Dieterich Buxtehude, William Byrd, Henry Purcell and others.


Tickets range from $25 to $75 with discounts for students and seniors. Call 617-868-5885 or visit to purchase tickets and for more information.


Life of Dr. Warren


The New England Historical Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will welcome author Christian Di Spigna in a free talk from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12.


Di Spigna is the author of “Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero.” Warren was an architect of the colonial rebellion and a man who might have led the country as Washington or Jefferson did had he not been martyred at Bunker Hill in 1775. He was involved in every major insurrectionary act in Boston for a decade, from the Stamp Act protests to the Boston Massacre to the Boston Tea Party.


Di Spigna’s biography is the result of 20 years of research and newly unearthed primary source documents. It restores Warren to his rightful place in the pantheon of Revolutionary greats as well as deepens the understanding of the country’s beginnings.


Registration is recommended for this free program; online at or by calling 617-536-5740.


Holiday concert


The Apollo Club of Boston will present a holiday concert at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Gordon Chapel, Old South Church, 645 Boylston St.


The club, the second oldest continuously active men’s singing group in the nation, will offer a free holiday concert and sing-along. Further information can be found at or by calling 617-267- 7442.


Craft Boston


Craft Boston 2018 will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday from Dec. 14 through 16 at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St.


The preview party fundraiser will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13. Guests will receive a handmade ceramic or glass cup, libations and appetizers, as well as a preview of the juried show.


The weekend-long fair produced by the Society of Arts and Crafts will feature more than 75 innovative craft artists showcasing one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, art-towear, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood.


There will also be lectures, tours and raffles. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, $7.50 for members and free for students and children; re-entry to the show is permitted. Visit or call 617- 266-1810 for further information.


Choral program


Chorus Pro Musica will perform at the Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14.


This year’s theme is “Dawn on our Darkness.” The candlelit evening will feature the chorus singing both a cappella and accompanied by the church’s majestic Skinner organ in a program filled with holiday classics, new works and plenty of opportunities for the audience to sing along.


Visit or call 617-536- 1970 for more details and to purchase tickets


Candlelight carols


Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St., will host two free programs of candlelight carols at 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15.


The choirs will present their annual offering of lessons, carols and anthems. A free-will offering will be welcome. Doors will open an hour before the program.


In addition, a benefit performance featuring candlelight carols will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. These tickets are $45, $80 and $120, and childcare will be available.


Proceeds will benefit the programs and ministries of Trinity Church. For more information, call 617-536-0944 or visit


Mansion tour


A public one-hour tour of the Ayer Mansion, 395 Commonwealth Ave., which showcases the striking interior and exterior embellishments designed and created by Louis Comfort Tiffany, will be offered at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15.


Reservations are required as space is limited Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.


To make a reservation, visit or call 617-536-2586.