In the county
Carroll County Jazz Ensemble presents Big Band Merry Christmas
Synopsis: The annual holiday concert directed by Glenn Patterson is back with several guests, including the Carroll County Children's Chorus and the Carroll Singers chorus taking part in the event, which benefits Access Carroll.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road, Westminster
Admission: $12 for general admission and $7 for students in advance. $15 for general admission and $10 for students at the door. Tickets available at Stu's Music Shop, Coffey Music, Hess Music and the Carroll Arts Center.
McDaniel College Choir in concert
Synopsis: The college choir, directed by Margaret Boudreaux, celebrates Shakespeare with a concert entitled "The Fanciful Spirit: Songs Inspired by Shakespeare and Others."
When: 7 p.m. Sunday with McDaniel's 56th annual tree lighting to follow the concert
Where: Baker Memorial Chapel, McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster
Information: 410-857-2599 or http://www.mcdaniel.edu/music
In the region
Buddy Valastro Live: Homemade for the Holidays tour
Synopsis: Valastro, of TLC's "Cake Boss" fame, brings his holiday show to Baltimore, where he will demonstrate his award-winning cake techniques and share stories of family traditions and life at Carlo's Bakery.
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, 140 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore
Information: 410-900-1150 or http://www.lyricoperahouse.com
Patti Smith in concert
Synopsis: Smith, the godmother of Punk Rock and Roll, is a 2007 inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is performing in Baltimore.
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, Baltimore
Information: 410-244-1131 or http://www.ramsheadlive.com