Weekend Picks: Boston's Holiday Music Traditions, Old And New06:30

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Graham Wright, host and founder of Opus Affair (a monthly arts salon), joins us to share his recommendations for various incarnations of some beloved holiday performances.

Weekend Pick #1: Handel's "Messiah"

The Boston Baroque's two performances of Handel's "Messiah" are Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8, both at 7:30 p.m and at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall. Tickets range from $25 to $64 and are nearly sold out, but remaining tickets are available at Jordan Hall.

Weekend Pick #2: 3 Variations Of "The Nutcracker"

The Mayor's Holiday Special offers a consolidated listing of many holiday events around the region, including the following variations on well-known Christmas classic, "The Nutcracker":

Weekend Pick #3: Lessons And Carols

The 39th Annual Service of Lessons and Carols at Boston University's Marsh Chapel is Friday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. Another service will be held on Sunday, December 16 at 11:00 a.m. (The above video is from the 2011 service.)

This segment aired on December 6, 2012.