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December 16, 2013

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Vocalist John Archer and pianist Dan Murphy will perform their annual high-spirited and reflective set of traditional and modern Christmas carols from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., in the Beverly Public Library's Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. The program marks the close of the 2013 fall Monday Mornings lecture series. Admission is free and open to the public. Christmas-themed refreshments, tea and coffee will be served at 9 a.m. The library is handicapped-accessible. For more information, call 978-921-6062 or email flynn@noblenet.org.

Music at Eden’s Edge presents a four-part series that combines lecture and performance to explore the world of classical music. The first program, called “Winter Holiday Magic: Trolling the Ancient Yuletide Carol; Seeking Hanukkah and Solstice in Word and Song,” will be held tonight, from 7 to 8:30 at the Peabody Institute Library, and features Samuel Lasman as the narrator; Andrea LeBlanc on Baroque flute; Sarah Freiberg on Baroque cello; and Maria Benotti on Baroque violin. The program shares beloved holiday music and rare discoveries of ancient music and texts celebrating Yule, Noel, Hanukkah and Solstice. The program includes audience improvisation, carol singing in the ancient style, and haunting music from long-ago. The event will take place in the library's Sutton Room at 82 Main St. in Peabody. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit www.peabodylibrary.org.

Under the direction of Robert F. Littlefield, the combined Beverly Church Choirs, along with guest singers and organist Frederick MacArthur, will perform Handel's “Messiah” at 8 p.m., at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 225 Cabot St., Beverly. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.firstparishbeverly.org/events/396/handels-messiah/.