The Bay Area Choral Society, supported by the Ilse Newell Fund for Performing Arts, will present its two winter concerts this weekend,

On Thursday, Dec. 7, beginning at 6 p.m. the society will perform in the newly constructed Great Hall at the First United Methodist Church in Port St. Joe. Then on Sunday, Dec. 10, beginning at 4 p.m., the concert will be at Trinity Episcopal Church in Apalachicola. The cost to attend is $5 at the door.

At this year’s concerts, the choir will perform The Christmas Oratorio, a cantata also known as the Oratorio de Noel, a masterpiece of French composer Camille Saint-Saens, considered by some critics to have been the greatest child prodigy in music history, including Mozart. Nancy Totman will direct the Oratorio.

The second half of this year’s winter concert will be a selection of sacred and secular Christmas choral pieces. The choir opens with “A Christmas Carol” from the musical Scrooge and arrangements of “Here We Come A-Caroling,” “Deck the Halls,” “Mary Had a Baby,” and “Gesu Bambino,” followed by John Rutter’s “What Sweeter Music,” “Angel’s Carol,” and “I Wish You Christmas.” The concert ends with a medley of favorite carols in an audience sing-along, directed by Dana Langford.

Janis Ramos accompanies the chorus on the piano.