Thanks to Artistic Director Magen Solomon, San Francisco Choral Artists ranks among the best of the Bay Area's 1001 choral ensembles. For their so-called old-fashioned Christmas, the ensemble has chosen to augment Renaissance works by Byrd, Morales, and Sweelinck with modern fare by Busto, Joubert, and others. Throw in pieces by local composers David Eimerl and Roger Nixon, and world premieres by Maia Aprahamian and Robin Estrada, and you've got quite a lovely afternoon. Sunday, Dec. 16 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Oakland. 4 p.m., $28, $23 for seniors, $12 for students/groups; discounts for advance purchase. SFCA.org or 415-979-5779.
Jason Victor Serinus