‘messiah’

Thursday

The Symphony Chorus and members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra take to the stage for one of the season’s most celebrated works, George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” The musicians and choir will sing the full oratorio, with soprano Amy Pfrimmer, mezzo-soprano Givonna Joseph, tenor Dana Wilson and bass-baritone Ivan Griffin taking the soloists roles in the baroque masterpiece. $25 and up. 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. (504) 274-4870. symphonychorus.org.

‘christmas concerto’

Thursday through Sunday

Marigny Opera House Ballet presents a special “Christmas Concerto” for four nights at the St. Ferdinand Street theater. The holiday production will feature premieres by local choreographers presented by the company. Music will be provided by the New Resonance Chamber Orchestra. 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., New Orleans. $30, $20 students/seniors. (504) 948-9998. marignyoperahouse.org.

photonola

Thursday through Sunday

At various locations throughout the city, a smorgasbord of photo exhibits and events showcase the talent and creativity of photographers. Highlights include the exhibition opening for “Currents 2015: New Orleans Photo Alliance Members Showcase, Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by the PhotoWALK from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Both are at Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans. There are more than 50 events, openings and exhibitions throughout the city.

‘santa meets sousa’

Friday

Jolly old St. Nicholas and John Philip Sousa make quite a pair, especially when 51 active-duty Marines strike up the band. “Santa Meets Sousa” will feature the talents of the Marine Corps Band New Orleans at this free concert sponsored by Chevron that aims to help fill the coffers for the Toys for Tots program. New, unwrapped toys still in their original packaging are requested, or a donation. Tickets are needed and will be available at the box office from 10 a.m. The concert kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.

jay ducote

Saturday

Baton Rouge culinarian Jay Ducote will present and discuss his new line of Louisiana-based sauces at In the SoFAB Kitchen at the Rouses Culinary Innovation Center in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. The blogger and radio host rocketed to stardom when he was named runner up in the Food Network Star host competition show. Free with museum admission. (504) 267-7490. sofabinstitute.org.

soulful holiday

Saturday

Hometown favorite Charmaine Neville will highlight the Souful Holiday celebration at Audubon Zoo Saturday. The family-friendly event features holiday tunes and performances by Neville and Gina Brown, whose musical style covers the spectrum from blues to jazz to funk. Brown performs at 1:45 p.m. Neville and her band will follow at 3:15 p.m. at the Capital One Stage. Santa will also be on hand. 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. auduboninstitute.org.

orpheum holiday spectacular

Saturday and Sunday

The stately Orpheum Theater will deck the halls for its first Holiday Spectacular since its renovation. The centerpiece for the evening will be the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, but providing the holiday sparkle will be the lively 610 Stompers, fresh from their Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade spot. The New Orleans Children’s Choir, Mass Gospel Choir and Roots of Music Brass Band will be striking the proper tone in this all-stops-out event. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m., Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. $20 and up. (504) 523-6530. lpomusic.com.