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Pamela Decker organ recital
Pamela Decker, organ and music theory professor at University of Arizona and organist at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Tucson, will perform a recital of organ music. May 6, 7:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

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Gunn High School Spring Jazz Concert
Gunn High School will hold a concert featuring its jazz bands and celebrating graduating senior musicians. The program will include pieces composed and arranged by Duke Ellington, Steve Weist, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Tom Kubis, Sammy Nestico and others. May 8, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Gunn High School, Spangenberg Theatre, 760 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

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ECYS Ice Cream Social Concert
This festive concert will combine performances by El Camino Youth Symphony's orchestras and ensembles with all-you-can-eat ice cream. May 9, 6:15 p.m. $15. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

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Peninsula Women's Chorus: 'Healing River'
The Peninsula Women's Chorus will offer two performances of its spring concert "Healing River," a combination of American and Latin American favorites including "Jubilate Deo," "I Live in Pain" and "Healing River." The performances are a prelude to the group's summer tour to Argentina. May 9 and 17, 2:30-5:30 p.m. $30 general; $10 student. Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Ives Quartet
Accompanied by pianist Laura Dahl and mezzo soprano Buffy Baggott, the Ives Quartet will play new works by Kamyar Mohajer and Stanford composer Giancarlo Aquilanti. May 9, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Braun Music Center, Campbell Recital Hall, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.

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Mother's Day Concert
Merit Scholarship Student Ensembles from the Community School of Music and Arts will perform special selections to celebrate Mother's Day. May 9, 2-3 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
 

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Carolina Lugo's & Carolé Acuña's Ballet Flamenco
On Mother's Day, Carolina Lugo and her daughter Carolé Acuña will lead a company of Flamenco musicians and dancers in a show full of footwork, clapping hands and song. May 10, 2 p.m. $21 adult; $16 children, student with ID (with two drink order minimum). Morocco's Restaurant, 873 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Cypress String Quartet's Salon Series III
The Cypress Quartet will conclude this year's Salon Series at the Woman's Club of Palo Alto with performances of Philippe Hersant's String Quartet No. 4 and Beethoven's Op. 18, No. 6 and Op. 59, No. 3. May 10, 3-5 p.m. $50. Women's Club of Palo Alto, 475 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.

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Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra
Jindong Cai will conduct the Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra in two concerts, with a program including Milhaud's "La creation du monde," Ravel's "Le tombeau de Couperin," and Brahms' Concerto for Violin and Cello. Chen Zhao, violin, and Sebastian Gingras, cello, from the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra will serve as guest artists. May 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; May 10, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $10-$20. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
 

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'In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles'
In this family-friendly performance, the story of the Beatles will be told through the eyes of their manager Brian Epstein as the tribute band Abbey Road plays 33 classics from throughout the Beatles' run. May 15, 8-10:30 p.m. $35-$55. Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City.

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Redwood Symphony: Ravel's 'The Child and the Spells'
In its next concert, Redwood Symphony will be assisted by Bay Shore Lyric Opera Company and Serenade of Masterworks Chorale in performing Maurice Ravel's "The Child and the Spells." The program will conclude with Johannes Brahms' First Clarinet Sonata, featuring Robert Marcus as soloist. May 16, 8-10 p.m. $10-$30. Canada College Main Theater, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Woodside.

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Resounding Achord: 'Our Favorite Things'
Choral group Resounding Achord will perform some of its members' favorite pieces, with highlights like "Randall Thompson's "Alleluia," Rachmanioff's "Bogoroditse Djevo," Frank Ticheli's "Earth Song" and Moses Hogan's "My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord." May 16, 8-9:30 p.m. $15 adult; $10 college student. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Amelie's Angels Concert for Haiti
Amelie's Angels will present its second annual fundraising concert for children in Haiti. The program will include pianist Larry Laskowski with Beethoven and Chopin works, organist Jessie Jewitt performing Bach, and the Chorus Angelorum with the San Francisco String Ensemble with Schubert's Mass in G Major. May 16, 8-9:15 p.m. $20 general; $15 senior; $12 child. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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'The Gift of Music' in Palo Alto
In a program entitled "The Gift of Music," choral group Schola Cantorum will salute John Rutter -- a composer, conductor, arranger and editor -- with the performance of a handful of works associated with his multifaceted career. May 16, 7:30 p.m. $25 general; free for students ages 25 and under with ID. First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Fortnightly Music Club concert
The Fortnightly Music Club will perform a May concert program including piano pieces by Brahms and Chopin; Opera excerpts by Menotti, Puccini and Bizet, performed by Keiko Kagawa and Choral Cosmo; and a concerto by member Nancy Bloomer Deussen, performed by Shauna Pickett-Gordon and the New Millennium Chamber Orchestra. May 17, 7 p.m. Free. Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Pianist Sofya Gulyak
In a concert by the Steinway Society of the Bay, internationally recognized Russian pianist Sofya Gulyak will visit the Oshman Family JCC to play works by Wagner, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. May 17, 7-9 p.m. $60 class A, $50 class B, $40 class C in advance; $10 student, senior discount. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

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Peninsula Women's Chorus: 'Healing River'
The Peninsula Women's Chorus will offer two performances of its spring concert "Healing River," a combination of American and Latin American favorites including "Jubilate Deo," "I Live in Pain" and "Healing River." The performances are a prelude to the group's summer tour to Argentina. May 9 and 17, 2:30-5:30 p.m. $30 general; $10 student. Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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'The Gift of Music' in Los Altos
In a program entitled "The Gift of Music," choral group Schola Cantorum will salute John Rutter -- a composer, conductor, arranger and editor -- with the performance of a handful of works associated with his multifaceted career. May 17, 3 p.m. $25 general; free for students ages 25 and under with ID. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.
 

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Music@Menlo Winter Series: 'Clarinet Celebration'
At this Music@Menlo event, Romie de Guise-Langlois and David Shifrin (clarinet), Arnaud Sussman (violin) and Hyeyeon Park (piano) will team up for a concert program including works by Mendelssohn, Bernstein, Bartok, Stravinsky and others. May 17, 4 p.m. $45/$50 general; $20/$25 under age 30. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

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Trombone Choir Spring Concert
The Gordon Stewart Peninsula Trombone Choir will offer a free concert during which the trombone players will perform music ranging from classical to popular tunes and jazz. May 17, 4-5 p.m. Free. St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 4111 Alma St., Palo Alto.

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California Pops Orchestra: 'Spies, Heroes, Comedy, Mayhem!'
Conducted by Kim Venaas, the California Pops Orchestra will present a program focusing on music associated with heroes, detectives and adventurers from movies, Broadway and TV, including James Bond, Indiana Jones, Superman and others. Special guests during the program will be impressionist Matt Helm, Gilbert and Sullivan star Jordan Eldredge and the Mamma Mia singers. May 17, 3-5 p.m. $42 premium; $37 regular; $15 youth. Foothill College, Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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'Jewish Music of the Baroque'
The Albany Consort, led by Jonathan Salzedo, will perform a concert with period instruments and a full chorus of Baroque music with Hebrew words. The music was originally performed between the 16th and 18th centuries in Jewish communities in the Netherlands, France and Italy. May 17, 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

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Stanford Symphony Orchestra concerts
As part of the Imagining the Universe Project, the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jindong Cai, will perform Nolan Gasser's "Cosmic Reflection, A Narrated Symphony" (with synchronized NASA video), Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto, Op. 85 (featuring cellist Stephanie Tsai) and more. May 16, 7:30 p.m.; May 17, 2:30 p.m. $10-$20. Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford.
 

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BELLA Piano Trio
The Oshman Family JCC will host the BELLA Piano Trio, a talented, rising group that will perform a recital of works by favorite chamber composers. May 19, noon-1:30 p.m. $15. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
 

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Gunn Choir Spring Concert
At this annual performance, Gunn Choir will perform its spring repertoire and honor its graduating seniors. May 28, 7:30 p.m. $7 general; $5 student. Gunn High School, Spangenberg Theatre, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.

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'Ambassadors: Bon Voyage Concert'
Before taking off ro a tour of Prague, Vienna and Bratislava, Soli Deo Gloria will perform an eclectic program including Bob Chilcott's "A Little Jazz Mass," verse anthems by Purcell and American spirituals. A reception will follow. May 31, 4:30-6 p.m. $21/$26; discounts for advance purchase. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.

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Silicon Valley Boychoir: 'Sunny with a Chance of Music'
The Silicon Valley Boychoir, composed of 65 boys, will perform a family concert called "Sunny with a Chance of Music," which will feature songs about weather, rain, clouds, wind and sunshine, including the classic "Singin' in the Rain." A reception will follow. May 31, 5 p.m. $10/$15; free for children under age 5. First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Robert Huw Morgan Commencement Recital
Stanford University Organist Dr. Robert Huw Morgan will present his annual Commencement recital at the end of the academic year. June 12, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.

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World Harmony Chorus concert
This diverse choral group will share some of its repertoire of music from around the world, including tunes from Africa, Latin America and eastern Europe. June 15, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.