DAVID GORDON DUKE —Each December the players of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra do yeoman service with a concert calendar that’s crammed with gigs. By far their biggest project is the annual A Traditional Christmas show, this year hosted by Bard on the Beach’s Christopher Gaze, with the UBC Opera Ensemble (featuring soloists Julia Kot and Brandon Thornhill) and EnChoir as holiday guests. Expect a classy, happy mix of seasonal music and carols. The VSO starts the run with performances downtown in the ersatz-Gothic vaults of St. Andrew’s‑Wesley United Church tonight, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with a late afternoon performance tucked in on Saturday at 4 p.m. for good measure. Then the show goes on the road in suburban run-outs until December 16.
A TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS
Dec. 8 to Dec. 16, various times
Check www.vancouversymphony.ca for times and venues.