1) Akron Symphony Holiday Pops, 7:30 p.m. Friday, E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., University of Akron. $25-$55. 330-535-8131, 330-972-7570 or www.akronsymphony.org.
It's the holidays, which means holiday pops concerts. This one will feature the orchestra and the chorus led by Maria Sensi Sellner. The program will include many of the usual suspects, such as popular bits from “The Nutcracker” and “The Messiah.”
2) Holiday in the Heartland: An Evening With Michael Stanley and the Resonators, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, House of Blues Cleveland, 308 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. $32-$82.50. 800-745-3000, www.houseofblues.com or www.livenation.com.
Master of his Northeast Ohio adult-contemporary (heartland) rock domain Michael Stanley and his longtime band the Resonators put on a show with holiday tunes and originals. Does he ever play his MTV hit (and the first time I ever heard of him) “He Can't Love You” live anymore? Just curious.
3) Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron. $31.50, $41.50 and $48.50. 330-523-2488 or www.akroncivic.com.
Giddy-Up and Ooom-Poppa-Mow-Mow with the long-running country vocal group, coming to town in Christmas mode.
4) Summit Choral Society’s Christmas Candlelight Concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Bernard Church, 44 University Ave., $20-$25. 330-434-7464, www.summitchoralsociety.org.
A lovely quiet evening of seasonal sounds featuring the Masterworks Chorale, Youth Touring Choir and the Summit Children’s Alumni Choir.
5) TubaChristmas, noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St., Akron. Free for audience, $10 for performers. Performer information: 330-972-8301, email@example.com. Audience information: 330-972-7570, www.UAevents.com.
This event is so popular that people happily pay to play something most working musicians really hate. But being one of hundreds of tubas playing Christmas music, and hearing retired Deputy Mayor Dave Lieberth take the guest solo spot, is probably worth 10 bucks. Read more in today’s cover story.