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Some classical music events before the holidays hit

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EVENTS THIS WEEK

Sunday

Balcones Community Orchestra. In its 18th season of performing live classical music, the orchestra is joining forces with Jessica Mathaes, concertmaster for the Austin Symphony, to perform Brahms’ “Violin Concerto in D Major (1st Movement)” and other songs by Haydn and Handel. 4 p.m. Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 2200 Justin Lane. 512-829-4775, bcorchestra.net.

Monday

Mega Mutt Monday at Banger’s. It’s a special “giving back” edition of the pet-friendly event. Along with Banger’s extended happy hour, live music and favorite dog vendors, the bar will be collecting items for Austin Pets Alive. Bring an item for donation and get a free Woof Wurst. 6 p.m. 79 Rainey St. facebook.com/events/188496124940626.

Tuesday

UT University Orchestra’s Fall Concert. Get one last dose of classical music before holiday tunes overtake the airwaves and live performances over the next month. The UT University Orchestra is playing a program of classics by composers J.S. Bach, Sibelius and Mendelssohn. Songs include Bach’s “Passacaglia,” Sibelius’ “En Saga, Op. 9” and Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 5, Op. 107, Reformation.” And if you can’t make the show, the concert will be live-streamed on the UT Butler School of Music’s website. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 22. Free. Bates Recital Hall, 2406 Robert Dedman Drive. music.utexas.edu.

PLANNING AHEAD

There are so many things happening in Austin; here at Austin360, we usually just focus on what’s going on in the coming week. But some holiday-themed events are on the horizon that you might want to get on your calendars now. As always, you can find even more fun at austin360.com/thingstodo.

Santa on the Terrace. The Long Center is inviting families to the City Terrace, where kids can get a free photo with Santa Claus and one of the best views in the city. Plus, enjoy holiday treats and family-friendly activities. 10 a.m. Nov. 25. 701 W. Riverside Drive. 512-474-5664, thelongcenter.org.

Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade. Line the streets of Congress Avenue from the Capitol to Cesar Chavez Street to see this holiday parade. Bring an unwrapped gift for Operation Blue Santa. Free. 11 a.m. Nov. 26. chuysparade.com

The Zilker Holiday Tree lighting. The switch for the Zilker Tree lights will be flipped for the 50th time. The event features food, live music and more. 6 p.m. Nov. 27. Free. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree.

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