The Maine Music Society will present its traditional Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar St. in Lewiston,

This year the society also will include music from the traditions of Chanukah, the Jewish celebration of light.

The 60-member Chorale will focus on Christmas music from the U.S. with such favorites as “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” The concert will feature special guests Rabbi Sruli Dresdner and his wife Lisa Mayer from Temple Shalom of Auburn, who will join the Chorale for Chanukah songs like “O, ir kleyne likhtelekh,” “Hanukah, O Hanukah” and “I Have a Little Dreidel.” Rabbi Dresdner and Mayer also will perform traditional Klezmer music, the music of the Eastern European Jews.

Keeping with tradition, the concert will end with everyone joining in to sing a round of festive Christmas carols.

Tickets purchased in advance cost $22 for adults, $20 for students, and is free for children younger than 12 with an adult. Tickets at the door will cost $2 more. For tickets, call 333-3386, visit, or stop by the box office between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday on the second floor of the Gendron Franco Center.

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