If you're already a bit tired of constant Christmas carols, well, I can't blame you. But this weekend Madrigalia offers a charming alternative with "Nowell, Sing We Now," a concert of holiday vocal chamber music. The program includes music by Stephen Paulus, John Rutter, and Madrigalia's artistic director Cary Ratcliff, with the group's elegant ensemble sound complemented by the spare but colorful combination of harp, oboe, and string bass. And you can take Madrigalia home with you: The group just released a new CD, "For Better, For Worse: Songs about Marriage."
Madrigalia presents "Nowell, Sing We Now" on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6, 7:30 p.m. at the Baptist Temple, 1101 Clover Street. $15, students $5. The concert will be repeated Sunday, December 7, 3:30 p.m. At St. Mary's Church, 15 Clark Street, Auburn. $10 suggested donation. madrigalia.org.