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Ipswich: Chorus North Shore, conducted by Sonja Dahlgren Pryor, presents “Gloria! Christmas is Coming.” The concert features Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” a festive cantata entitled “Christmas is Coming,” and includes narrations and carols both familiar and new. Saturday, 8 p.m. Our Lady of Hope Church, Linebrook Road. $20, $17 seniors/students. 978 352-2763,

Lowell: The Laurie Berkner Band Holiday Celebration Concert features children’s music superstars and Nick Jr. channel favorites The Laurie Berkner Band. Sunday, 1 p.m. Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E. Merrimack St. $25; $35. 978-454-2299,

Somerville: “Two Gentlemen of Verona” smacks of youthfulness and young love. It’s a romantic comedy perfect for the holidays. Love is idealized by the characters and even comically caricatured. Join Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s lively contemporary production investigating Renaissance notions of love in a modern contemporary context. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 6. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St. $28-$50.

Wakefield: Listen to an array of holiday classics including two of Leroy Anderson’s Christmas standbys, “Christmas Festival” and “Sleigh Ride,”as well as a medley of Hanukkah and traditional Jewish folk songs in “Rhapsody for Hanukkah” and the calypso-style, “Mary’s Boy Child.” Sunday, 3 p.m. Americal Civic Center, 467 Main St. $15; $10 seniors; free under 12. 781-246-5424,