• Natalie Cole—Dec 21 at 7:30 Nat King Cole’s daughter, of “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” fame, seduced a sellout crowd at the Schnitz last Valentine’s Day; now, the R&B singer returns to the concert hall for an evening of Christmas crooning.
• Comfort & Joy—Dec 22 at 4 Resident conductor Paul Ghun Kim presides over a family-friendly—note the budget-conscious price—matinee of Christmas-themed selections from the classical repertoire.
• Portland Cello Project
Dec 20 at 8 The versatile, genre-hopping, local string ensemble celebrates the release of a seasonally themed EP—the locally appropriate Winter (The Best Nine Months of the Year)—with a special Holiday Sweater Spectacular featuring Oregon Symphony principal cellist Nancy Ives, Tucson songwriter Howe Gelb of Calexico fame, and Portland folkies Laura Gibson and Laura Veirs. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
• Portland Youth Philharmonic
Dec 26 at 7:30 One of the country’s premier youth classical music associations presents its annual holiday extravaganza, featuring all four PYP ensembles and an alumni orchestra. Repertoire selections include French Romantic Hector Berlioz’s Le Corsaire overture and Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall