For the second year, associate Utah Symphony concertmaster Gerald Elias and his wife, Cecily Patton, are opening their home for a Twilight Chamber Series to aid the homeless. Last year more than $5,000 was raised for the Travelers Aid Society/Salt Lake Community Shelter and Resource Center; this year organizers hope to raise $7,000.

Concerts will be presented every Sunday through Dec. 16, beginning with a program at 5 p.m. today at 660 11th Ave. Performing will be flutist Sally Humphreys, oboist James Hall, clarinetist Edward Cabarga, bassoonist Christine Osborne, horns Llewellyn Humphreys and Sue Hudson, cellists Ryan Selberg, Don Harmsworth, Daniel Gwin and John Eckstein and pianists Ricklen Nobis and Marjorie Janove. They will be heard in music of Mozart, Brahms, Rudolf Matz and Jan Bach.Upcoming programs will feature bass player David Yavornitzky (Dec. 2), violinist Katherine Peterson (Dec. 9) and, on Dec. 16, Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll," in its original scoring, conducted by Kirk Muspratt (Dec. 16). In addition buffet dinners will be provided by Cafe Mediterranean and Aardvark Catering following the concerts.

Seating is limited to 50, at a suggested donation of $35 per person. For information call 359-4142 or 359-4227.

- WEBER STATE COLLEGE faculty violist Michael A. Palumbo will present a free recital Monday, Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Allred Theatre of WSC's Browning Center for the Performing Arts. Included will be suites of Bach and Emanuel Vardi together with music of Rolla, Carulli, Presser and Faure. Joining him will be guitarist Todd Woodbury and pianist Diana Grueninger.

- UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY faculty member James McWhorter will present a free cello recital Monday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m. in USU's Eccles Conference Center Auditorium. Accompanied by pianist Karin Edwards, he will perform music of Brahms, Marcello, Locatelli and Manuel de Falla.

- CLYN BARRUS will lead the Brigham Young University Chamber Orchestra, the university's premier instrumental ensemble, in concert Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m in the de Jong Concert Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center.

Included on the program will be extracts from Mendelssohn's music for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Prokofiev's "Classical" Symphony and the "Petite Suite" of Claude Debussy. Tickets, at $4 ($3 with BYU identification), are available at the music ticket office, 378-7444.

The concert is in preparation for a tour by the chamber orchestra to Colorado in February.

- THE WEBER STATE COLLEGE Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austad Auditorium of the Browning Center for the Performing Arts.

Guest artist for the concert will be saxophonist Harvey Pittel, who will solo in the Creston Saxophone Concerto. A past participant at the Spoleto, Marlboro and Tanglewood festivals, he has performed with many of this country's major orchestras. Under the direction of Thomas Root, the band will also be heard in music of Berlioz, Grainger and Carlos Surinach and the "Scottish Dances" of Malcolm Arnold.

Tickets, at $3, will be available at the Dee Events Center or at the door.

- THE BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY Guitar Ensemble, Lawrence Green director, will present a free concert Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center. Music will range from Praetorius ("Terpsichore") to Joplin ("The Entertainer"), including pieces by Duarte, Schiedler and Telemann.

- THE SALT LAKE VOCAL ENSEMBLE will perform its Christmas concert at two locations during the coming week - on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Zion Lutheran Church, 1070 Foothill Dr., and on Saturday, Dec. 1, at First United Methodist Church, 203 S. 200 East. Both will begin at 8 p.m.

The program will feature Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" and Poulenc's "Motets for the Season of Christmas" together with music of Gabrieli, Tallis, Byrd, Haydn and Robert Morton. In observance of Aids Awareness Day (Dec. 1), the chorus will sing Samuel Barber's "Sure on This Shining Night." An entrance donation of $5 is suggested.

- THE RALPH WOODWARD CHORALE resumes its annual presentation of Handel's "Messiah" with two performances this week, the first Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Temple Square Assembly Hall and the second Friday, Nov. 30, in the Provo Tabernacle. Starting time for each is 7:30 p.m.

Performed in 18th century style, with a baroque orchestra, both performances will be conducted by Woodward. Soloing this year will be soprano Diana Walker, alto Katrina M. Nelson and her husband, tenor Michael John Nelson, and bass Peter Van De Graaff. A veteran of New York City Opera, Walker appeared earlier this year with the Chicago Opera Theatre in Delibes' "Lakme." Both Mrs. Nelson and Van De Graaff have performed with the Utah Symphony, the latter also having soloed with the Colorado Springs Symphony and the Israeli Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets to the Provo performance are available at all Smith'sTix outlets and World of Music at $5 ($4 students/seniors). Admission to the Temple Square performance is free, but limited to those 8 and older.

- A "CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS" with singing and instrumental groups will ring in the holiday season at Brigham Young University Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center, and tickets are $4 ($3 with BYU ID), available at the music ticket office, 378-7444.

The BYU Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Clyn Barrus will perform Barber's "Die Natali," and combine with the concert choir in Bennett's "Many Moods of Christmas." Carols and carol arrangements will predominate in offerings of the four university choruses: the Concert Choir, conducted by Mack Wilberg; the BYU Singers, Ron Staheli conducting; the Men's Chorus under Wilberg; and Women's Chorus, Rosalind Hall directing.

- CONDUCTOR GEORGE CLEVE returns to lead the Utah Symphony in three concerts this week, Thursday, Nov. 29, at Weber State College in the Ogden school's Browning Center for the Performing Arts and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, in Symphony Hall.

Featured on the all-French program will be Debussy's "Danses Sacree et Profane," with principal harpist Konrad Nelson as soloist, Ravel's "Mother Goose" Suite and Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique."

Music director of the San Jose Symphony since 1972, the Viennese-born Cleve is also the founder of San Francisco's Midsummer Mozart Festival. In addition to many of this country's major orchestras, he has also conducted the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the New Stockholm Chamber Orchestra and l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute, Nelson has been with the Utah Symphony since 1986. These concerts mark his third solo appearance with the orchestra.

Starting time for each is 8 p.m., with tickets to the Symphony Hall performances priced from $10 to $29 ($5 students); in addition Deseret News music critic William S. Goodfellow will present a complimentary pre-concert lecture on the music Friday and Saturday at 7:15 p.m. For information call 533-NOTE.

For tickets to the Odgen concert call 399-9214.

- PIANIST WILLIAM MAIBEN will present a "Concert for Love" Friday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. at the Salt Lake Main Library. The program will consist of the complete Rachmaninoff Preludes and admission is free.

- ROBERT BRIGGS and Rick Hansen will share the conducting duties on a concert by the Madison High School Symphony Orchestra and Bel Canto Choir Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Square Assembly Hall.

Visiting from Rexburg, Idaho, the choir and orchestra will be heard in carols of Katherine Davis, Dan Carter and John Jacob Niles as well as the Vivaldi Gloria and Corelli's "Christmas" Concerto. Admission is free, but limited to those 8 and older.

- PRO MUSICA will open its 1990-91 season with "A Candlelight Christmas" at Wasatch Presbyterian Church, 17th South and 17th East, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets are available in advance from Capitol City Banks, Daynes Music, Riverton Music and all Smith'sTix outlets or at the door.

With John Marlowe Nielson directing, the choir and orchestra will present Vivaldi's Gloria and selections from Handel's "Messiah." Also featured are specially arranged candlelight carols from around the world. Joining in will be the Pro Musica Children's Choir and University of Utah percussion band, Douglas Wolf director.

- THE SALT LAKE CHILDREN`S CHOIR will present its traditional Christmas concert at the Cathedral of the Madeleine on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. Admission is free to those 6 years and older, but donations are welcome.

With Ralph Woodward Jr. conducting, the program will include a mix of the world's familiar and unusual carols, many in special arrangements; also such novelty numbers as "Never Was a Child So Lovely" by John Jacob Niles, "Therefore Be Merry" by Woodward and "Berceuse Pour la Nuit de Noel" by Henri Busser.

- THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH music department will offer its singing groups in their 26th annual Christmas Festival Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, at 8 p.m., in Kingsbury Hall. Tickets are $5 ($3 students), with a family ticket at $15.

A festive blend of traditional and contemporary, the concert includes settings of carols by Utah composers LeRoy J. Robertson, Lowell Durham, Mack Wilberg, Kenneth Neufeld and Brent Pierce, plus the music of John Rutter, Tomas Luis da Victoria and Alfred Burt. Featured will be the Concert Chorale, John Cooksey conducting, the A Cappella Choir under Ed Thompson, and the Utah Singers, directed by Alan Gumm.