Classical

The Rose Ensemble: An Early American Christmas

With a repertoire spanning 1,000 years and 25 languages, the Minnesota-based Rose Ensemble is one of the country’s most versatile choral groups, specializing in rarely performed works. Their annual Christmas concert features early American music, including Shaker hymns and Appalachian dances. The musicians will give a pre-concert talk at 4:15.

Dec 15 at 5. $40; seniors $35; students $20. Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave. 281-846-4222. houstonearlymusic.org

Te Deum: A Christmas Celebration

Marc-Antoine Charpentier was a French Baroque-era composer who worked in a wide variety of genres, from operas to ballets to sacred music. This concert will feature Charpentier’s Christmas mass and his Te Deum, performed with help from the Bach Society Choir. Mercury’s Antoine Plante conducts.

Dec 14 at 8. $10–65. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-533-0080. mercuryhouston.org

Film

Le Petit Soldat

Banned in France for three years for its graphic violence and political content, this 1960 Jean-Luc Godard film is set in France during the Algerian War. A French army deserter is hired by a right-wing terrorist group to assassinate a female member of the Algerian liberation movement. Instead, the deserter falls in love with the woman, leading to predictable complications.

Dec 14 at 7 & Dec 15 at 5. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. 713-639-7300. mfah.org/films

Family

Best of Children's Film Festival Seattle

Now in its eighth year, the Children’s Film Festival Seattle is one of the world’s largest celebrations of family films. This year’s event ran for 11 days and featured over 120 films from more than 35 countries. Some of the festival’s best animated shorts come to town thanks to a screening sponsored by the Aurora Picture Show in collaboration with the Houston Public Library.

Dec 14 at 3. Free. Children's Reading Room, Julia Ideson Library, 550 McKinney St. 713-868-2101. aurorapictureshow.org

Concert: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Return to Whoville with the Houston Symphony, which retells the classic 1957 Dr. Seuss story in musical form. Relive the drama as the Grinch, annoyed by the Whos' noisy festivities, sets off in his sleigh (pulled by his beleaguered dog Max) to steal the town's presents and thus cancel Christmas.

Dec 14 at 10 & 11:30. $28. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. houstonsymphony.org

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