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December 1
Big Band Night
The ASU Concert Jazz Band performs an evening of choice selections spanning the history of big-band music and beyond. 7:30 p.m. $10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

December 2
Keyboard Conversations
Blending performance with lively commentary, renowned concert pianist Jeffrey Siegel offers witty insight into the lives of the great composers, explaining each work before performing it in its entirety. Tonight’s concert is The Miracle of Mozart! 7:30 p.m. $29-$49. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

December 2
A Rockabilly Christmas
Todd Meredith, The Rave-Ons, and Santa and Mrs. Claus headline this tribute to the greatest Christmas hits of the ’50s and ’60s, including “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Run Rudolph Run.” 7 p.m. $15-$20. Sunland Village East Auditorium, 2145 S. Farnsworth Dr., Mesa, 480-380-0106.

December 2-21
Concerts at MIM
This month’s concerts include Ben Watt, Dec. 2; Dakhabrakha, Dec. 5; Brad Mehldau Trio, Dec. 7; An Irish Christmas in America, Dec. 8-9; Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo, Dec. 10; Esteban with Teresa Joy, Dec. 17; and Hear Them Ring, Dec. 20-21. Call for times and ticket prices. Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.

December 4
John Conlee
The singer burst onto the country music scene in 1978 with the No. 1 hit “Rose Colored Glasses.” 7:30 p.m. $45-$55. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.

December 4
John Prine
With his trademark guitar finger-picking, the legendary songwriter continues to mesmerize diverse audiences with his humble poetry, describing often-overlooked crannies of everyday life. Some of his best-known tunes include “Hello in There,” “Sam Stone,” “Angel from Montgomery,” “Souvenirs,” “Paradise” and “In Spite of Ourselves.” 8 p.m. $43-$78. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.

December 4
Phoenix Boys Choir
The choir performs patriotic songs and new works, as well as sneak peeks of special repertoire and audience favorites. 5:30 p.m. $10, adults; free, children 12 and younger. Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, phoenixboyschoir.org, 602-264-5328.

December 5
Esteban in Concert
The renowned Spanish flamenco guitarist performs with violinist Teresa Joy, and Paul McDermand on steel drums. 6 p.m. $34-$55. Surprise Performing Arts Center, 15550 Parkview Pl., Surprise, brownpapertickets.com, 623-512-1042.

December 5-6
Balance/Opposition
Faculty and guest choreographers seek balance and strength in the design of their dances. 7:30 p.m. $12, adults; $5, seniors and children 11 and younger. Ethington Theatre, Grand Canyon University, 3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, gcu.edu/ethington, 602-639-8880.

December 5-6
A Christmas Candlelight
Carolyn Eynon Singers presents this holiday concert. F, 8 p.m., Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley; and Sa, 7 p.m., Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. $18, adults; $10, students 12-18, carolyneynonsingers.com, 480-529-2630.

December 5-7
Holiday Pops
Guest conductor Stuart Chafetz leads The Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Symphony Chorus in a festive program of seasonal favorites and a holiday sing-along. Joining the performance are Phoenix Girls Chorus and Desert Bells bell choir. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.

December 5-14
The Nutcracker
Ballet Etudes presents this holiday classic. Dec. 5-7 (F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 3 p.m.), $25-$29, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, 480-782-2680; and Dec. 12-14 (F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 3 p.m.), $23-$28, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, balletetudes.net, 480-644-6500.

December 6
Patti LaBelle
The Godmother of Soul” has topped the charts with such smashes as “New Attitude,” “Lady Marmalade” and “When You Talk About Love.” 8 p.m. $69-$159. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.

December 6-7
Noel”
The 300-member Phoenix Children’s Chorus performs. Sa, 7 p.m., Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert; and Su, 4 p.m., La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale. Call for ticket prices, pcchorus.org, 602-534-3788.

December 6-7
The Nutcracker
Sedona Chamber Ballet and Phoenix Ballet Company collaborate for this iconic Tchaikovsky-composed holiday classic. Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $15-$30. Sedona Performing Arts Center, 955 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona, sedonachamberballet.com, 928-554-4059.

December 6-7
Rejoice and Sing!
The audience is invited to join Sonoran Desert Chorale in singing carols that celebrate the joys of the season. Sa, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa; and Su, 3 p.m., Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley. $15, adults; $12, seniors and children, sonorandesertchorale.org, 480-305-4538.

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December 6-21
Snow Queen
Magic and adventure highlight the retelling of this classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, presented by Center Dance Ensemble. F, 12:10 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. $6-$28. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-252-8497.

December 7
Celebration of Christmas
Pinnacle Chancel Choir, Pinnacle Pealers, Pinnacle Dancers and special instrumental guests celebrate the season. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Freewill offering. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, pinnacleconcerts.com, 480-303-2474.

December 7
Deck the Holidays with CSO
Jack Herriman conducts the Chandler Symphony Orchestra in seasonal music. 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes, chandlersymphony.com, 480-899-3447.

December 7
The Lord’s Lullaby
Xavier’s gift to the community, this Christmas pageant shares the traditional story of the birth of Christ as told through reverent music and dance. 2 p.m. Free. Xavier College Preparatory, 4710 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, 602-277-3772.

December 7
Phillip Phillips
The raspy-voiced roots rocker, who was the season 11 winner of American Idol, takes the stage, performing hits such as “Raging Fire,” “Unpack Your Heart,” “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Home.” 7:30 p.m. $39-$68. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.

December 7
The Texas Tenors
Introduced to the nation on America’s Got Talent, the trio rings in the season with Deep in the Heart of Christmas. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $45-$60. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.

December 7
Trio Combray
The Hayden Ferry’s Chamber Music Series continues with Gregory Fulkerson, violin; Jeffrey Swann, piano; and Jeffrey Solow, cello. A wine reception with the artists is included. 2:30 p.m. $25. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tca.ticketforce.com, 480-350-2822.

December 9
Melissa Etheridge
Known for her iconic voice, profound lyrics and riveting stage presence, the Grammy Award-winning artist performs songs from her new album This is M.E., along with some of her greatest hits like “Come to My Window,” “I’m the Only One” and “I Want to Come Over.” 7:30 p.m. $56.25-$91.25. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

December 9-16
Holidays with Orpheus
Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix performs. Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Velda Rose United Methodist Church, 5540 E. Main St., Mesa; Dec. 14, 3 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley; and Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, 15649 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. Call for ticket prices, orpheus.org, 602-271-9396.

December 10
Deck the Halls
Phoenix Opera singers and orchestra celebrate the season with holiday favorites ranging from “Hallelujah Chorus” and “O Holy Night” to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” 7 p.m. $20. Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Dr., Sun City West, phoenixopera.org, 866-OPERA4U.

December 10
Fleetwood Mac
After a 16-year absence, Christine McVie rejoins Fleetwood Mac bandmates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks for the On with the Show tour. Fans can expect to hear favorites such as “Landslide,” “You Make Loving Fun,” “Gypsy,” “Little Lies” and “Tusk.” 8 p.m. $44.75-$174.75. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.

December 10-14
Handel’s Messiah
Tito Muñoz leads The Phoenix Symphony and Chorus in this traditional holiday favorite. W, 7:30 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale; F, 7:30 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa; Sa, 7:30 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley; and Su, 3 p.m., Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. Call for ticket prices, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.

December 10-21
A World of Carols
Phoenix Boys Choir celebrates holiday traditions from France, Poland, Israel and many others, along with excerpts from Handel’s “The Messiah.” Dec. 10-11, 7 p.m., Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix; Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix; Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m., American Lutheran Church, 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City; Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa; Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley; and Dec. 21, 5 p.m., Chaparral Christian Church, 6451 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. Call for ticket prices, phoenixboyschoir.org, 602-264-5328.

December 11
Charlie Daniels Band
The Southern rocker performs holiday classics and greatest hits, including “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “Uneasy Rider” and “The South’s Gonna Do It Again.” 7:30 p.m. $38-$68. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.

December 11
Tobie Milford
The classically trained songwriter/violinist broke out of a traditional mold to create art/pop for string quartet. He performs with Mark Michaud on drums; Tina Estes, keyboard/vocals; Megyn Neff, violin; Kirk Johnson, viola; and Grace Rolland, cello. 7:30 p.m. $17-$20. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.

December 12
Angel Romero
Classical and holiday favorites are on the program as the Spanish maestro of the guitar shares the stage with The Aeolus Quartet. 8 p.m. $29-$59. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

December 12
Holiday Musical
House of Broadcasting welcomes Valley broadcasting legend and musician Mike Chamberlin for a festive evening with Mary Jo West, Pat McMahon and Scott Pasmore. The event includes a book signing for Chamberlin’s God Has a Sense of Humor, as well as his holiday CDs. 7 p.m. $10, adults; free, children 12 and younger. Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, houseofbroadcasting.com, 602-944-1997.

December 12
Three Dog Night
The band recorded some of the biggest hits of the ’70s that still resonate today, including “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Joy to the World,” “An Old Fashioned Love Song” and “Black and White.” 8 p.m. $35-$79. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.

December 12-14
Holiday Concert
Youth ages 9 to 19 share classic carols and popular holiday music. F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. $19, adults; $16, seniors, students and children 12 and younger. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 602-743-9892.

December 12-28
The Nutcracker
Ballet Arizona rings in the season in the Land of Sweets as dancing toys, mischievous mice, waltzing flowers and sparkling snowflakes dance to Tchaikovsky’s grand holiday score performed live by The Phoenix Symphony. Call for times and ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, balletaz.org, 602-381-1096.

December 13
Christmas Pudding
Alice Cooper and friends host this festive mix of music, comedy and dancing. Proceeds benefit Cooper’s Rock Teen Center. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, alicecoopersolidrock.com, 602-522-9200.

December 13
The Messiah
ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra presents this holiday concert, with John Sikora as guest conductor. A community sing-along is included. 3 p.m. $30. Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd., Carefree, ctlcarefree.org, 480-488-2081.

December 13
Vikki Carr
The Grammy Award-winning international recording star celebrates her fifth decade entertaining audiences around the globe. 8 p.m. $25-$70. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.

December 14
Christmas Concert
Mike Chamberlin, former local TV news anchor, performs. 3 p.m. Freewill offering. Sun City Christian Church, 9745 W. Palmeras Dr., Sun City, suncitydoc.org, 623-972-6179.

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December 15
Brian Setzer Orchestra
The three-time Grammy Award-winner blasts through Christmas classics, plus hits from his storied career, as his Christmas Rocks Extravaganza makes a stop in the Valley. 7:30 p.m. $60-$78. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.

December 16
The Piano Guys
The YouTube sensations are known for the clever and inspiring videos that accompany their piano and cello renditions of pop songs and classical music. 7:30 p.m. $35-$125. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 602-379-2888.

December 17
Dave Koz & Friends
Jonathan Butler, Christopher Cross, and Maysa join the saxophonist for a celebration of all things Christmas. 7:30 p.m. $52-$82. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

December 17
Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscow Ballet presents the classic story of Masha (Clara) and her nutcracker doll, told with true Russian flair. Phoenix Children’s Chorus also performs at the event. 7:30 p.m. $27-$85. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 602-379-2888.

December 19
A Merri-Achi Christmas
Mariachi Sol de Mexico has energized the world of mariachi for more than 30 years, gracefully blending classical, pop, jazz, swing and Broadway tunes. 8 p.m. $29-$59. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.

December 19-22
A Chorale Christmas
Phoenix Chorale celebrates the holidays. F, 7:30 p.m., Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; Sa, 2 p.m., Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 13724 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West; Sa, 7:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix; Su, 3 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley; and M, 7:30 p.m., Brophy Chapel, phoenixchorale.org, 602-253-2224.

December 20
All-Star Jazzy Christmas
Saxophonist Tim Warfield shares the stage with trumpeter Terrell Stafford, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and an all-star rhythm section. 7:30 p.m. $48. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, lakeshoremusic.org, 480-350-2822.

December 20
An Irish Christmas
This popular show combines dancing, storytelling, familiar Christmas carols and music of the pipes, flutes, fiddles, button accordion and bodhráns. 8 p.m. $33. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.

December 22
West Valley Symphony
Cal Stewart Kellogg conducts the orchestra in a holiday concert. 3 p.m. $25, adults; $15, children 17 and younger. Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Pl., Surprise, westvalleysymphony.org, 623-236-6781.

December 31
New Year’s Eve Celebration
End the year on a high note as The Phoenix Symphony performs seasonal classics and contemporary favorites under the baton of Stuart Chafetz. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.