Concert. 8-9:30 p.m., Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., 773-702-8484, free. The University Symphony Orchestra performs Richard Wagner and Johannes Brahms. Donations accepted at the door, $10 general, $5 students and children.
Dance Night. “Contra Dance.” 8-11 p.m., Ida Noyes Hall, Third Floor, 1212 E. 59th St., $6 general admission, $3 students. With performances by The Yellow Jackets and more. Presented by the U. of C. Folk Arts Community. For more information, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecture. “From Sermon to Score: Setting Rabbi Wolf’s Words to Music.” 10:30 a.m.-noon, KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., 773-924-1234, free. U. of C. history professor John E. Woods presents.
Sunday at Rockefeller. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, free. Featuring communion and the music of Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten.
Second Sunday. 1-4 p.m., Hyde Park Art Center, 5200 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, hydeparkart.org. Participants will make their own gingerbread people hand-puppets.
Symposium and Book Launch. “Black Is, Black Ain’t.” 2 p.m., Kent Chemical Laboratory, Room 107, 1020 E. 58th St., 773-702-8670, free. A panel discussion revisiting issues raised in the 2008 exhibition by the same name, curated by Renaissance Society Associate Curator Hamza Walker, and a book launch for the exhibition catalogue. Panelists include Bennett Simpson, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Kellie Jones, of Columbia University; Walker and others.
Author Talk. 3-4 p.m., 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., 773-684-1300. Sara Paretsky, author of “Critical Mass,” presents.
Concert. 3-5:30 p.m., Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., 773-702-2100, $45 choir area seating, $40 choir pews, $30 front nave, $20 general admission, $5 students. The University Choir, Motet Choir and Rockefeller Chapel Choir and Orchestera perform Handel’s Messiah. A tradition since 1930.
DuSable Museum Women’s Board 20th Annual Holiday Glitz Benefit Gala. “A Red Carpet Holiday Affair.” 4-10 p.m., Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2332 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., 773-947-0600, dusablemuseum.org. A reception followed by a 5:30 p.m. dinner.
Concert. 5-6:30 p.m., Fulton Hall, 5845 S. Ellis Ave., 773-702-8484, free. The University Brass Ensemble and the U. of C. Lab School’s U-High Brass Ensemble perform works by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, Johann Sebastian Bach and more.
Concert. Sunday Night Jazz. 7:30-11:30 p.m., Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St., $10 adults, $5 for university students. Saxophonist Jarrard Harris performs. Presented by the Hyde Park Jazz Society.
Tot Lot. 9 a.m.-noon, Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., email@example.com, classes are $9 drop-in, $45 for a 10-session pass or $65 for a monthly pass. This class is intended for children 0-4 and their caregivers or parents to get together on a regular basis to learn, play and benefit from one another’s company.
Tot Lot and Outdoor Playground. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Hyde Park Neighborhood Club,
5480 S. Kenwood Ave., 773-643-4062, hpnclub.org, $9 drop-in, $45 for a
10-session pass or $65 for a monthly pass.
Mouth Thought. 6:30 p.m., Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., 312-747-0511. A poetry reading event for teens and adults. Participants are invited to read their own poem or someone else’s.