Holiday Music:

The Grammy-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, featuring acclaimed countertenor Andreas Scholl, performs works by Albinoni, Scarlatti, Telemann, Bach and traditional Irish, English, Welsh and American songs at UCLA's Royce Hall on Nov. 30. Orpheus was founded in 1972 by cellist Julian Fifer and a group of fellow musicians. The centerpiece of their season is a five-concert series in New York's Carnegie Hall. The group has recorded extensively for Deutsche Grammophon. Information: (310) 825-4401 or www.performingarts.ucla.edu.

Opera Time:

The Los Angeles Opera is doing its first performance of "The Merry Widow" from Dec. 2 to Dec. 22 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. "The Merry Widow," an operetta written by Franz Lehar, tells the story of Baron Zeta, who attempts to prevent foreign suitors from securing the hand and fortune of the rich widow, Hanna. Dean Peterson sings the role of Baron Zeta. Carol Vaness stars as Hanna the widow. Information: (213) 365-3500 or www.losangelesopera.org.

Clean Comedy:

Comedy doesn't have to be filled with four-letter words and double-entendres to be funny. The Family Comedy Revue performs at a Thanksgiving weekend show on Nov. 25 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. The revue features jugglers, magicians and comedians who are all part of Clean Comedians, an agency committed to cleaning up comedy one stage at a time. Information: (800) 300-4345 or www.cerritoscenter.com.

Baroque Master:

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the only North American museum to be presenting a retrospective of Baroque Italian painter Luca Giordano. Born in Naples in 1634, Giordano studied under the Spanish painter Jusepe de Ribera, who was active in Naples. Giordano's ability to assimilate various artists' styles resulted in a unique technique. The exhibition includes more than 75 large-scale paintings spanning the artist's career during the 17th century. The exhibition runs from Nov. 20 to Jan. 20. Information: (323) 857-6000 or www.lacma.org.

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