Two local traditions take place Tuesday (tomorrow): Albany's 16th annual Peppermint Pops at the Albany Civic Center, and Augusta's 19th annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with the Augusta Choral Society and Collegium Music at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Thursday the 6th the Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents a "Cowboy Christmas" with Riders in the Sky. Then this weekend the Messiahs and Nutcrackers swing into full action.
11 AM . . . . . .
- Avison: Concerto in G major, Op. 3/5. Avison Ensemble, Beznosiuk (Naxos 8.557905-06)
- Faure: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major. Gil Shaham, Akira Eguchi (Canary 03)
- Bessel: Komm, du schoene Freudenkrone. Saxon Vocal Ensemble, Batzdorf Court Ensemble, Jung (CPO 777 332)
- Weber: Oberon, Overture. Vienna Phil, Thielemann (DG 289 474 5022)
12 N . . . . . .
- Bach: Chorale "Jesus bleibet meine Freude" (Jesu, joy of man's deisiring) from Cantata No. 147. Taverner Players and Consort, Parrott (Virgin 391340)
- Korngold: Der Schneemann: Introduction and Scene 1. BBC Phil, Bamert (Chandos 10434)
- Mozart: The Magic Flute, Overture. Lausanne Chamber Orch, Menuhin (Virgin 363284)
- Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major. Yundi Li, Berlin Phil, Ozawa (DG 477 6593)
- Handel: Recorder Sonata in C major, HWV 365. Gaillard, Cochard, Gaillard (Naive 9910)
- Elgar: Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84. Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS 82505)