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MUSIC

Aaron Meyer

by: COURTESY OF AARON MEYER - Portland violinist Aaron Meyer has been rockin' the Christmas concerts for the past 12 years; he'll do them again Dec. 21-22.The city’s preeminent concert rock violinist will celebrate the 12th year of his holiday concerts, with three shows with his six-piece rock orchestra featuring renowned guitarist and producer Tim Ellis. Also featured are Paul Mazzio Horn Trio, violinist Julian Meyer (Aaron’s father) and 10-year-old vocalist Jordan Bailey.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 (free music education workshop at noon), First Congregational Church, 1126 S.W. Park Ave., www.aaronmeyer.com, $40 reserved, $30 adults/$25 seniors-students general admission

Oregon Symphony

The Symphony celebrates the season with one of the country’s best singers in “Christmas with Johnny Mathis” on Dec. 22, and then shares the stage with Pacific Youth Choir the next day in “Comfort & Joy.”

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.pcpa.com, $35-$200; 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, Schnitz, www.pcpa.com, $10-$42

Jackson Browne

The famed singer-songwriter and 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is planning his “2013 Acoustic Tour,” with a stop planned for Portland in January. He’ll play guitar and piano, and collaborate with musicians on stage. Tickets are on sale.

Saturday, Jan. 13, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.jacksonbrowne.com (check for ticket info)

Muse

The UK-based trio — Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme — will be on its “Madness” tour supporting its sixth album, “The 2nd Law.” Its tune “Survival” was adopted as the official song of the 2012 Olympic Games. Tickets are on sale.

7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $35-$65

STAGE

“The Nutcracker”

Portland Festival Ballet, with new choreography by Artistic Director John Magnus, puts on the holiday classic. The company will perform at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy’s new state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center

7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, Performing Arts Center, 11375 S.W. Center St., Beaverton, www.portlandfestivalballet.org, $13 tickets for Dec. 21 only, $30, $25 children/seniors

Seth Meyers

The comedian and star of “Saturday Night Live” and its segment “Weekend Update” goes on tour in the new year and stops in Portland in February. Meyers has been on SNL for 11 seasons.

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.pcpa.com, $37.50

Yo Gabba Gabba!

The live action television series/stage show’s “LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out!” tour makes a stop in Portland in March, with tickets now on sale.

2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $26-$46

MISC.

Professional Bull Riders

The best of the PBR’s Touring Pro Division come to Portland in February. Tickets are on sale.

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 15-16, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $10-$50