If you're in the mood for Christmas music already but you're looking for something a little different, consider the Webster University Concert Choir and Choral Society's performance of La Fiesta de la Posada. This mariachi-flavored holiday cantata, written by the ever-swinging Dave Brubeck, tells the familiar story of Joseph and Mary's fruitless quest for a room at the inn on the first Christmas Eve. Brubeck's version, while influenced by the ten-day Mexican celebrations of the same name that he witnessed as a boy in Southern California, utilizes only one traditional Mexican folk theme musically: The rest of the piece is pure Brubeck. The Webster University Concert Choir and Choral Society get into the holiday groove from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Community Music School of Webster University (560 Trinity Avenue, University City; 314-968-7128). The performance is free, and unlike that first Christmas Eve, there's room enough for everybody. -- Paul Friswold
Jingle at JaBoni's
Everyone loves holiday songs. We at the RFT know some people who exclusively listen to holiday music and prolong the musical festivities from Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day. Though such measures may be excessive, music is a great way to get into that elusive "holiday spirit." This week JaBoni's Bistro (4301 Manchester Avenue) offers an evening of classy cuisine and holiday tunes to help you do just that. The 8:30 p.m. Holiday Cabaret features seasonal favorites from the oft-cited Great American Songbook performed by Tim Schall. For a mere $15, you can hear all your favorite Yuletide tunes, in JaBoni's jazzy supper-club environment. Since holiday music is all the rage these days, you'll have to call ahead for reservations (314-531-5317), but for an evening of holiday splendor and dinner (not covered by the $15 ticket price), the call is worth your time. -- Christine Whitney
The Boys are Back
Traditional Celtic music can be successfully altered by plugging it in: Think of Big Country's Stuart Adamson, who translated -- brilliantly -- the bagpipe into the lingua franca of electric guitar and effects pedals. But as with whiskey, some things are best left alone. The Boys of the Lough proffer their trad Scottish and Irish tunes straight -- no rock & roll chaser. This long-lived band (formed in 1967) plays acoustic instruments; when you're this profoundly good, amps are superfluous. Savor these veterans at the Focal Point (2720 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-781-4200) at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday (December 7 and 8). Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. -- Alex Weir
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