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December 11, 2010 - by CG Directory Editor

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Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, or the classics ? New York City venues feature music from all cultures. Whether you're catching an aria at Lincoln Center, or checking out a band at Central Park Summerstage, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.

Gravity Radio - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through December 11, 2010 -

Inspired by the work of physicist Raymond Chiao -- known for his experiments with superconductors and gravity waves that exist only in conjecture, eluding detection -- composer Mikel Rouse (The End Of Cinematics, 2006 Next Wave) unleashes the rollicking song cycle Gravity Radio. Acclaimed for his distinctly downtown operas, Rouse is hyper-alert to the bits and bytes that make us tick. Gravity Radio tunes in to the zeitgeist, mixing kaleidoscopic multichannel video with sounds from the AP News Wire, a string quartet, shortwave radio frequencies, and songs by Rouse's band to create an otherworldly environment. Describing the culture we live in, Rouse communicates its complexity and, like the force of gravity that keeps us grounded, evokes its intangible mystery.

Live Jazz at Gallagher's Steak House - Gallagher's Steak House
Through December 11, 2010 -

Live jazz returns to New York City’s iconic Gallagher’s Steak House every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night beginning Thursday, September 23, and through the remainder of 2010. The Jazz ensembles are comprised of young musicians including 19-year-old Rhys Tivey. Gallagher’s has added a special jazz menu featuring light evening fare on those nights, which is available from 9 p.m. to midnight. There is a two-drink minimum required for those not dining. Reservations: 212-245-5336, mention JAZZ to be seated accordingly.

Nellie McKay - Highline Ballroom
December 11, 2010 -

Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm. $20 adv, $25 at door. You should know that Nellie McKay is hard to categorize. She's done Brecht on Broadway, opened for Lou Reed at Carnegie Hall, sung Woody Allen movie songs at the Hollywood Bowl, performed on A Prairie Home Companion, duetted with Eartha Kitt and Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, played Hilary Swank's sister on the big screen, paid tribute to Doris Day, and released three wildly acclaimed albums of original music. Her music is as tuneful and clever as the best of the Great American Songbook—part cabaret, part sparkly pop. But beneath the charming melodic surface is a wit that cuts, and a sharply tuned social conscience.

A Charlie Brown Christmas - David Benoit Quartet - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 11, 2010 -

7:30PM, Doors 6PM. $35 Adv, $40 Day * General Admission Seated Show - First Come, First Seated * Reserved VIP booths on floor avail for 4+6 people - $65/ticket - Must buy entire booth. Booth for 4=$260 - Booth for 6=$390. DAVID BENOIT: Pianist, Composer, Conductor. Over the last quarter century, composer and pianist David Benoit (b. 1953) has been a passionate musical innovator committed to the exploration of many different art forms on the American landscape. His prolific output since 2000 includes several prominent Charlie Brown related projects (including Here's To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years and the star-studded 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas) that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit's role as his musical heir.

Erick Morillo + Fedde Le Grand - Pacha NYC
December 11, 2010 -

Saturday December 11 Pacha NYC presents ... ERICK MORILLO & FEDDE LE GRAND plus SUNNERY JAMES & RYAN MARCIANO! Part of the 5 Year Pacha NYC Anniversary Celebration. GET TICKETS: http://pacha-nyc.clubtickets.com/

The New York Pops with Brian Stokes Mitchell - Carnegie Hall
Through December 11, 2010 -

Music Director Steven Reineke leads The New York Pops and Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell in a program of holiday favorites in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Dubbed as "Broadway's last leading man," Stokes Mitchell is famous for his rich and commanding baritone, as well as for his memorable performances in Broadway productions of Ragtime, Kiss Me, Kate!, and Man of La Mancha. 8pm.

The New York Pops - Carnegie Hall Family Concert - How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - Carnegie Hall
December 11, 2010 -

A concert adaptation of the beloved children's classic by Dr. Seuss How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, narrated by Brian Stokes Mitchell with Mitchell Kilby as The Grinch, Elena Zahlmann as Max the Dog and Izzy Hanson-Johnston playing Cindy Lou Who, along with other favorite songs of the season. In addition, Essential Voices USA under the direction of Judith Clurman, children from New York Theatre Ballet and singers and dancers of Camp Broadway Chorus are also appearing. This Family Concert is presented by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. Recommended for children ages 5-12, every child receives KidsNotes, a concert program filled with activities and information about the concert. A pre-concert activity led by New York Pops Director of Education Dr. Sherrie Maricle will take place one hour before the performance and is free to all ticket holders. 2pm.

Martin Sexton Solo Holiday Show - Carnegie Hall
December 11, 2010 -

WFUV's Live at Zankel series continues with singer/songwriter Martin Sexton performing a solo show of favorites from his rich catalog along with festive holiday songs from his album Camp Holiday. Known for his powerful voice and fluid guitar sound, Sexton's music has been featured in film and television including NBC's "Scrubs" and Showtime's "Brotherhood." His latest release, Sugarcoating, was issued by his KTR record label in April 2010. The WFUV Live at Zankel series continues—curated by WFUV's Music Director, Rita Houston—on March 19 with British guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson, and concludes on April 8 with singer Edie Brickell and her new band The Gaddabouts. 10pm.

Rammstein - Madison Square Garden
December 11, 2010 -

RAMMSTEIN announced today their only U.S. live performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City is scheduled for Saturday, December 11, 2010. This will be the only US show by the Berlin-based six-piece band, who have not performed in the United States since 2001. They will joined by special guest Combichrist.

La Boheme - Metropolitan Opera
December 11, 2010 -

The world's most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production. Maija Kovalevska stars as Mimi, Peter Mattei is Marcello, and four extraordinary tenors alternate in the role of Rodolfo: Piotr Beczala, Joseph Calleja, Ramon Vargas, and Vittorio Grigolo, fresh from his triumphant Covent Garden debut.

Don Carlo - Metropolitan Opera
December 11, 2010 -

"I think Don Carlo is the quintessential Verdi opera," says director Nicholas Hytner, who makes his Met debut with this new production, which was greeted with popular success when it opened in London. Roberto Alagna leads the cast in the title role. Ferruccio Furlanetto, Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, and Simon Keenlyside also star. "Not one of these characters is prepared to accept his or her own tragic destiny," Hytner says of Verdi's epic tragedy in which romantic desire shapes the course of nations. Yannick Nezet-Seguin, back after his triumphant debut leading Carmen, conducts. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

Cantigas Women's Choir - Sounds of Harp & Hope - St. Matthew Trinity Church
December 11, 2010 -

Cantigas Women's Choir presents its ninth annual winter concert entitled SOUNDS OF HARP & HOPE. The concert features music from around the world sung in French, German, Russian, and English. Highlights include Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Johannes Brahms’ Four Songs, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Angel” and “Now the Waves are Sleeping,” Claude Debussy’s “Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisons,” Léo Delibes’ “Dôme Épais,” Paul Siskind’s “Bright Morning Stars are Rising,” and Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning.”

Amazigh Music of Morocco - Alwan for the Arts
December 11, 2010 -

Alwan is pleased to welcome back this unique ensemble of musicians from the Middle Atlas region of Morocco, whose repertoire will draw from the diverse repertoire of the Amazigh (Berber) tradition, culminating in a unique performance of the "ahidous" dance by the musicians.

Where's the Band Tour? - Highline Ballroom
December 12, 2010 -

Dustin Kensrue of Thrice, Chris Conley of Saves The Day, Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids, Anthony Raneri of Bayside. Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm. $16 adv, $20 at door.

Go Tell It on the Mountain - The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 12, 2010 -

Featuring Special Guest RUTHIE FOSTER. 8:00PM, Doors @ 6PM. $35.00 Advance, $40.00 Day of Show * General admission seated show - First come, first seated - Standing room at the bar. * Reserved VIP booths on floor avail for 4 and 6 people - $55 per ticket - Must buy entire booth. A booth for 4 = $220 - A booth for 6 = $330. Formed some six and a half decades ago, and respected as an indisputable musical treasure, The Blind Boys of Alabama are the Iron Men of the music industry. They predate Elvis, Little Richard and Al Green, yet even in their 70s they are still at the top of the gospel charts and have won an impressive four consecutive Grammy Awards. Recently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, The Blind Boys have proven themselves masters of bringing out the most spiritual aspects of mainstream music, while at the same time bringing the music of the church house straight to the roadhouse.

Danny Tenaglia Classics - Pacha NYC
December 12, 2010 -

Sunday December 12 Pacha NYC presents ... DANNY TENAGLIA CLASSICS! Part of the 5 Year Pacha NYC Anniversary Celebration. GET TICKETS: http://pacha-nyc.clubtickets.com/

The Waverly Consort - The Christmas Story - The Cloisters
December 12, 2010 -

Each holiday season, the Waverly Consort's thirteen-member ensemble, under the direction of Michael Jaffee, performs The Christmas Story on tour. This year, to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary at The Cloisters, the ensemble will offer additional performances of this beloved program. The Christmas Story includes vocal and instrumental hymns, processionals, antiphons, and Mass compositions from the tenth to the fifteenth century. These compositions, arranged as a narrative, evoke the liturgical calendar for Advent and Christmastide. Rooted in music manuscripts and illuminated miniatures of the Middle Ages, the program premiered at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1980

* This concert is presented in The Fuentidueña Chapel at The Cloisters. All seats are unreserved.

Cloisters Concerts Information: 212-650-2290

George London Foundation Recital Series - Morgan Library & Museum
December 12, 2010 -

This annual series of recitals pairs renowned international singers with recent winners of a George London award. The November 14 recital will include works by Philip Lasser, who will also accompany Elizabeth Futral at the piano. The December 12 recital will feature the world premiere of Thomas Pasatieri's Bel Canto Songs, new settings of six poems by William Blake, performed by Julianna Di Giacomo. Sunday, December 12, 2010, 4:30 p.m. Single ticket: $45 for Non-Members; $35 for Members.

Holiday Brass - New York Philharmonic
December 12, 2010 -

A New York Tradition. The Philharmonic's Principal Brass Quintet and the United States Military Academy Band presents our annual holiday classic filled with wit, virtuosity, and the glorious music of the season. Noon & 3pm.

S. Carey - Highline Ballroom
December 13, 2010 -

With White Hinterland. Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 8:00pm. $15 adv, $17 at door. The debut album from S. Carey, All We Grow, is the result of a young lifetime spent immersed in music. As a band member of Bon Iver from the very beginning, Sean Carey witnessed a flip of his formal training to step firmly into a worldwide?touring rock band. His performance degree in classical percussion from the University of Wisconsin?Eau Claire and his love for jazz drumming prepared him for a smooth transition into a central role in the inspiring force of the Bon Iver live show. All We Grow is a convergence of Carey's Waltz For Debbie?era Bill Evans inflected jazz tendencies, and traditional rock band experience, taking leads from Mark Hollis' Talk Talk. It also retests the waters of modern classical composition, investigating the moodiness generated by percussive repetition in a manner familiar to fans of Steve Reich.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin Conducts the Julliard Orchestra - The Juilliard School
December 13, 2010 -

French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, recently named as The Philadelphia Orchestra’s new music director, leads the Juilliard Orchestra for the first time in a free concert on Monday, December 13 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. The program includes Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (soloist to be announced November 17); and Ravel’s complete Daphnis et Chloe with a 60-voice choir from The Dessoff Choirs, prepared by their music director, Christopher Shepard.

FREE tickets will be available beginning November 29 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

Sing We All Merrily: Early American Christmas Concert - St. Michael's Church Hall
December 13, 2010 -

A musical celebration of an 18th Century Christmas presented by Linda Russell and Companie. Hammered and mountain dulcimers, flute, bagpipes, harp, violin and cello bring life to the music of Christmas past. The ensemble traces the holiday through carols, dance tunes, rounds and drinking songs interwoven with Yuletide poems and folklore.

Ben Folds - Beacon Theatre
December 14, 2010 -

Ben Folds will bring his Lonely Avenue Tour to the Beacon Theatre on December 14. His latest album, Lonely Avenue, features 11 songs with lyrics written by Nick Hornby and 4 stories also by Nick Hornby.

Usher - Madison Square Garden
Through December 14, 2010 -

R&B sensation Usher is set to perform on December 13 and December 14 at Madison Square Garden.

Special guests Trey Songz and Miguel will also be performing.

In early 2010, Usher released his landmark seventh album, Raymond V. Raymond. The high-powered collection explored his newfound status as a single man and father, sold more than 7 million tracks and ringtones combined, held the No. 1 spot on Billboard's R&B chart for seven weeks and spawned a string of international hits, including "OMG" featuring will.i.am.

Only a few months removed from the release of Raymond V. Raymond, Usher returns with Versus, a masterful conceptual sequel to its predecessor. Featuring eight new songs as well as Raymond V. Raymond standout and current smash single "There Goes My Baby," Versus finds Usher connecting with his female fans in new and exciting ways.

La Fanciulla del West - Metropolitan Opera
December 14, 2010 -

Puccini's wild west opera stars all-American diva Deborah Voigt and Marcello Giordani, and is conducted by Nicola Luisotti. The performances mark the 100th anniversary of the opera's world premiere at the Met.

The Joyous Christmas Concert - Saint Bartholomew's Chruch
December 14, 2010 -

St. Bartholomew's Choir, Boy and Girl Choristers with Festival Brass, harp and percussion and New York City's largest pipe organ join forces for this concert of Christmas favorites. Experience the joy and warmth of the holidays with great choral works, sacred and secular, and the chance to sing the beloved carols of the season in the candlelit splendor of St. Bartholomew's Church.

Dr. K's Motown Revue Celebrating 50 Years of Motown - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 14, 2010 -

8:00PM, Doors @ 6:00PM. $12.00 Advance, $15.00 Day of Show. * General admission seated show - first come, first seated - standing room at bar. * Reserved VIP booths on floor avail for 4 + 6 people - $25 per ticket - Must buy entire booth. A booth for 4 = $100 - A booth for 6 = $150. Celebrate 50 Years of Motown with Dr. K's Motown Revue. This outstanding band of musicians and singers takes you on a very realistic journey of the Motown sound, and makes you want to sing along on every familiar song they play. They have kept the Motown sound true to its roots and each and every performance they do transports you back to another era . . . what a ride! Their appeal in large part is attributable to the perfect blend of the Motown era costumes worn and the outstanding group of singers who compliment this latter day "Funk Brothers" type band of musicians. Each singer is quite capable of fronting any band as a soloist and the combination of singers is more than enough to deliver authentically the vocal sound of the Motown roster of artists from that time. "Dr. K's Motown Revue is the most authentic Motown band since the original Funk Bros...It is a great treat for me to perform with them." - Alan Slutsky, consummate musician, composer, and author of the hit movie "Standing In The Shadows of Motown."

Don Carlo - Metropolitan Opera
December 15, 2010 -

"I think Don Carlo is the quintessential Verdi opera," says director Nicholas Hytner, who makes his Met debut with this new production, which was greeted with popular success when it opened in London. Roberto Alagna leads the cast in the title role. Ferruccio Furlanetto, Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, and Simon Keenlyside also star. "Not one of these characters is prepared to accept his or her own tragic destiny," Hytner says of Verdi's epic tragedy in which romantic desire shapes the course of nations. Yannick Nezet-Seguin, back after his triumphant debut leading Carmen, conducts. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

The Irish Tenors Christmas Reunion Tour - Beacon Theatre
December 16, 2010 -

The Irish Tenors line-up of RONAN TYNAN, FINBAR WRIGHT, and ANTHONY KEARNS will reunite on stage at the Beacon Theatre on December 16. The Irish Tenors have mesmerized audiences with their highly successful PBS Specials including the groundbreaking Ellis Island Project.

Abyssinian: Christmas - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 16, 2010 -

Inspirational Voices of the Abyssinian Baptist Church. Gospel music, spirituals, and Christmas carols. All seats are unreserved. This concert is presented in front of the Museum's Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche. 6:30 & 8:30pm.

Vivian Green - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 16, 2010 -

8:00PM, Doors @ 6:00PM. $25.00 Advance, $30.00 Day of Show. * General admission seated show - first come, first seated - standing room at bar. * Reserved VIP booths on floor avail for 4 + 6 people - $45 per ticket - Must buy entire booth. A booth for 4 = $180 - A booth for 6 = $270. Vivian Green is one of contemporary R&B's brightest lights. She received her big break at the age of nineteen when she became a back-up singer for Jill Scott, who took her on an international tour. She signed to Columbia Records in November 2001. Green released her first album A Love Story, featuring the hit "Emotional Rollercoaster", in November 2002. Three years later she released her second album Vivian which featured the hit first single "Gotta Go, Gotta Leave (Tired)". In 2004 she appeared on the De-Lovely Soundtrack singing Love for Sale and had a cameo in the movie. She also appeared on NBC's American Dreams as Brenda Holloway, singing her version of Holloway's hit "Every Little Bit Hurts". In 2005 she appeared on Cyndi Lauper's The Body Acoustics CD singing I'll Be Your River and Sisters Of Avalon. In 2007 she appeared on Guru's album Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The Hip-Hop Jazz Messenger: Back to the Future on the track "Free and Fine".

Reggie Watts - Highline Ballroom
December 17, 2010 -

Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 8:30pm. $20. Hilarious, brilliant, unpredictable – comedian/musician Reggie Watts is a staple of the international performance scene. Reggie's improvised musical sets are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and a looping machine. No two songs are ever the same. An avowed "disinformationist," Reggie loves to disorientate his audiences in the most entertaining way. You may not know what Reggie is going to do, but that's okay – he doesn't either.

Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 17, 2010 -

9:00PM, Doors @ 7:00PM. $35.00 Advance, $40.00 Day of Show * General admission seated show - first come, first seated - standing room at bar. * Reserved VIP booths on floor avail for 4 + 6 people - $55 per ticket - Must buy entire booth. A booth for 4 = $220 - A booth for 6 = $330. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Spector returns to BB Kings for the 10th consecutive year with her Xmas party which has become a New York holiday tradition. The beehive bad girl combines her Christmas classics, cult classics and her own timeless hits such as "Be My Baby", "Baby I Love You" and "Walking in The Rain" along with her off the cuff patter and holiday cheer to create "the ultimate sonic stocking stuffer." - New York Daily News. Ronnie's catalog of holiday hits include the definitive rock & roll versions of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus", "Sleigh Ride" and "Frosty The Snowman"; the last 2 recordings being the top 15 most played holiday songs on the radio for the past 5 years according to Ascap. Rolling Stone calls her "the original bad girl of rock," but this year Ronnie Spector has been very nice. The iconic singer who has influenced generations of musicians from the Beatles and Brian Wilson, to Patti Smith and the Ramones, through to Amy Winehouse and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, - and recorded some of the most indelible holiday music of all time along the way - is set to release a new collection 'Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever,' on November 9, via Bad Girl Sounds/The Orchard. 'Best Christmas Ever' features five rare holiday gems destined to become contemporary classics. Ronnie recorded four tracks under the guidance of Bobby Eli - the famed Philadelphia producer, songwriter and founding member of MFSB - and the fifth song with producer Johnny Gale (Ryan Shaw/Robert Randolph), with contributions from her long-time touring musicians, bassist Jeremy Chatzky (Bruce Springsteen's Seeger Sessions Band, Steve Earle) and keyboardist Joe McGinty (Psychedelic Furs, Ryan Adams), among others. 'Best Christmas Ever' is imbued with Ronnie's deeply felt and vividly recounted holiday memories from her childhood in New York City. "These songs recapture the original feelings of Christmas I had growing up," Spector says. "The minute I got into that studio I knew these were going to be my new Christmas hits." And she should know. Spector's group The Ronnettes released the definitive versions of "Frosty the Snowman," "Sleigh Ride," and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" in 1963, and they've dominated the holiday airwaves ever since ("Sleigh Ride" and "Frosty" are among ASCAP's Top 20 most played Christmas songs of the past five years). As the New York Times has observed "It's hard to think of a more appealing angel to welcome the season than Ms. Spector."

Darlene Love Christmas Show - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 17, 2010 -

8:00PM, Doors @ 6PM. $45.00 Advance, $50.00 Day of Show * General Admission Seating - First come, first seated. Reserved VIP booths on floor available for 4 and 6 people - $65 per ticket - Must buy entire booth. A booth for 4 people costs $260 - A booth for 6 people costs $390. Over the course of her career Darlene Love has been hailed as the greatest singer in pop music. From her first number one recording,"He's A Rebel", through her string of label hits with legendary producer Phil Spector, including "Da Doo Ron Ron", "He's Sure The Boy I'm Gonna Marry", and "Christmas Baby Please Come Home" to the countless songs she sang backup on for artists like Sam Cooke, Elvis Presley, Dionne Warwick, Cher and Aretha Franklin, Darlene Love is still blazing a trail of success in the music industry and is a 2010 nominee for inclusion in the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame.

Khaled Live - UC Lounge
December 17, 2010 -

Khaled Closes out the 2010 year with an evening performance at UC Lounge in New York City. F Train to Delancey, JMZ Train to Essex.

Zappa Plays Zappa - 70th Birthday Celebration - Beacon Theatre
December 17, 2010 -

In honor of the late Frank Zappa's 70th birthday, Dweezil Zappa and the Zappa Family Trust present the music of Frank Zappa. Zappa Plays Zappa will perform the classic album Apostrophe in its entirety at the Beacon Theatre on Friday, December 17. Featured musicians include: Dweezil Zappa, Scheila Gonzalez,Pete Griffin, Billy Hulting,Jamie Kime, Joe Travers, and Ben Thomas.

Pelleas et Melisande - Metropolitan Opera
December 17, 2010 -

Simon Rattle makes his Met debut conducting Debussy's impressionistic masterpiece, starring Stephane Degout, Magdalena Kozena, and Gerald Finley.

Caroling at the Morgan - Morgan Library & Museum
December 17, 2010 -

Come hear traditional and popular holiday music performed throughout the Morgan by singers from Mannes College The New School for Music. Tickets are not required for this event. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free with museum admission.

A Chamber Christmas Carol - Morgan Library & Museum
December 17, 2010 -

To coincide with the exhibition Charles Dickens's Christmas Carol, the Morgan presents a special preview of a new concert version of Dickens's beloved classic, featuring a rich and melodic original score by award-winning composer Ray Leslee. A virtuoso cast of five actors and five musicians brings Ebenezer Scrooge's transformative journey through the past, present, and future to life on stage. With actors Nicholas Barasch, Mark Cajigao, Eleanor Handley, John Jellison and musicians Jack Bashkow, Marshall Coid, Dave Dunaway, Marc Irwin, Richard Marriott. 7:30pm.

Holiday Caroling Concert with Trinity Youth Chorus & ISO-Trinity-Florentine Youth Orchestra - Trinity Church
December 17, 2010 -

The choirs of the Trinity Youth Chorus and the ISO-Trinity-Florentine Youth Orchestra (PS 89, PS 315, Chinatown-Florentine, Peppercorn, Junior and Senior Choristers) invite you to an informal concert of holiday music. There will be a reception in the Parish Hall after the concert. All are welcome!

WHAT: The choirs of the Trinity Youth Chorus and the ISO-Trinity-Florentine Youth Orchestra (PS 89, PS 315, Chinatown-Florentine, Peppercorn, Junior and Senior Choristers) invite you to an informal concert of holiday music. There will be a reception in the Parish Hall after the concert.

WHEN: Friday, December 17, 2010 from 7-8pm

WHERE: Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street)

COST: Free and open to all

INFO: For more information call 212.602.0800, email [email protected] or visit trinitywallstreet.org.

Khaled Live - LIC Lounge
December 17, 2010 -

www.khaledis.me; www.ucloungenyc.com. Btwn Ludlow and Delancy. F Train to Delancy. JMZ Train to Essex.

Twelve Dishes/Sviat vechir - Ukrainian Institute of America
December 17, 2010 -

On Friday December 17 at 8:00 PM, Yara Arts Group will present the Koliadnyky singing traditional winter songs from the villages of Kryvorivnia and Verkhovyna in "Twelve Dishes/Sviat vechir," a special event at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York, 2 East 79th Street. The evening will include brilliant troista instrumental music from the Charpathian Mountains by Mykola Ilyuk, Vasyl Tymchuk and Ostap Kostyuk. Singer Cecilia Arana, violinist Valerie Zhmud and bandurist Julian Kytasty will join the Koliadnyky for several Christmas for the event in the beautiful Fifth Avenue Mansion. There will also be performances of poetry by Bob Holman, Vasyl Makhno and Olena Jennings. An important component of the winter ritual is a ritual dinner of twelve dishes. Food artist Olesia Lew will present new interpretations of these ritual dishes for the audience to taste. Tickets are $25 and available at the door. For information call The Ukrainian Institute at (212) 288-8660.

The Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular - Ars Nova
December 17, 2010 -

Joe Iconis and cast members from his musical, Bloodsong of Love, are joined by a merry band of musical theater punks in this third annual insane celebration of all things red and green. Featuring brand new holiday songs, old favorites, tiny elves, enormous reindeer, an inebriated Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and an ungodly number of candy canes, it promises to be the happiest holiday hoedown you've ever seen

Featuring*: Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Liz Lark Brown, Bill Coyne, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Melanie Field, Annie Golden, Molly Hager, Laura Hartle, Natalie Hinds, Matt Hinkley, Ian Kagey, MK Lawson, Lorinda Lisitza, Lauren Marcus, Eric William Morris, Jeremy Morse, Ray Munoz, Ashley Rodbro, Lance Rubin, Katie Schorr, A.J. Shively, Brent Stranathan, Rachel Sussman Jared Weiss, Jason "SweetTooth" Williams, and Ross Wolkenbrod.

*Some performers will appear at select performances only.

Colorform - Music and Live - UC Lounge
December 17, 2010 -

Fronted by the soulful Kate Logan, Colorform plays lyrically driven acoustic rock with guitars and cello. At every live show, artist Sarah Valeri creates an improvised piece of artwork from scratch. - Come check out this unique sonic and visual experience!

More live-art pics at: www.virb.com/colorform

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- a few other bands will be playing, but we don't know who yet -This show is presented by LES Productions

The Holidays--& Song, Humor; Knowledge - Aesthetic Realism Foundation
December 18, 2010 -

This presentation by the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company will include:

• A dramatic reading of Eli Siegel’s wonderful talk: “Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers & the Drama of Hardness & Softness.” In this lecture, Mr. Siegel, poet, critic, and founder of Aesthetic Realism, discussed passages that include events of a wild, festive Christmas. He said, “Christmas is a time when persons hope to be more benevolent—that is softer….The reason that Samuel Pickwick is one of the great characters of the world is the way he is presented as soft and hard—determined but gentle. Dickens himself was. He was steel and tears.” And-- • Holiday Songs Begin With The World’s Opposites! Sung and commented on by the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company—including such internationally loved songs as “Little Drummer Boy,” Silent Night,” “The Hanukah Song, “ “Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle!” & others!

And there will be more!

Suggested contribution is $10. Seating is on a first-arrival basis, or for reservations call Aesthetic Realism Foundation (www.aestheticrealism.org) at (212) 777-4490.

Live Jazz at Gallagher's Steak House - Gallagher's Steak House
Through December 18, 2010 -

Live jazz returns to New York City’s iconic Gallagher’s Steak House every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night beginning Thursday, September 23, and through the remainder of 2010. The Jazz ensembles are comprised of young musicians including 19-year-old Rhys Tivey. Gallagher’s has added a special jazz menu featuring light evening fare on those nights, which is available from 9 p.m. to midnight. There is a two-drink minimum required for those not dining. Reservations: 212-245-5336, mention JAZZ to be seated accordingly.

Handel's Messiah - New York Philharmonic
Through December 18, 2010 -

Bernard Labadle conducts the orchestra as they perform the holiday masterpiece with Karina Gauvin (soprano), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (contralto), Tilman Lichdi (tenor), Andrew Foster-Williams (bass), and New York Choral Artists. 7:30pm. $32-$112.

JapanNYC - Carnegie Hall
Through December 18, 2010 -

JapanNYC launches at Carnegie Hall on December 14, 15, and 18 with three concerts by the Saito Kinen Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, with music by Beethoven (Piano Concerto No. 3 with Mitsuko Uchida), Brahms (Symphony No. 1), Berlioz (Symphonie fantastique), T?ru Takemitsu (November Steps), Britten (War Requiem), and Atsuhiko Gondai (US premiere of Decathexis, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall). December also offers a major tribute to the late T?ru Takemitsu, considered to be Japan's greatest composer, with events at Carnegie Hall, Film Forum, and Columbia University's Miller Theatre.

Prince - Madison Square Garden
December 18, 2010 -

Rock royalty Prince will bring his 'Welcome 2 America' tour to Madison Square Garden for two shows, on December 18 and 29.

According to MTV.com, special guests may include Maceo Parker, Janelle Monae, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson, Sinbad, Lalah Hathaway, Sheila E. and Graham Central Station.

His latest album 20Ten was released July 2010. This will be Prince's first time touring on the east coast since 2004.

The Waverly Consort - The Christmas Story - The Cloisters
December 18, 2010 -

Each holiday season, the Waverly Consort's thirteen-member ensemble, under the direction of Michael Jaffee, performs The Christmas Story on tour. This year, to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary at The Cloisters, the ensemble will offer additional performances of this beloved program. The Christmas Story includes vocal and instrumental hymns, processionals, antiphons, and Mass compositions from the tenth to the fifteenth century. These compositions, arranged as a narrative, evoke the liturgical calendar for Advent and Christmastide. Rooted in music manuscripts and illuminated miniatures of the Middle Ages, the program premiered at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1980

* This concert is presented in The Fuentidueña Chapel at The Cloisters. All seats are unreserved.

Cloisters Concerts Information: 212-650-2290

Don Carlo - Metropolitan Opera
December 18, 2010 -

"I think Don Carlo is the quintessential Verdi opera," says director Nicholas Hytner, who makes his Met debut with this new production, which was greeted with popular success when it opened in London. Roberto Alagna leads the cast in the title role. Ferruccio Furlanetto, Marina Poplavskaya, Anna Smirnova, and Simon Keenlyside also star. "Not one of these characters is prepared to accept his or her own tragic destiny," Hytner says of Verdi's epic tragedy in which romantic desire shapes the course of nations. Yannick Nezet-Seguin, back after his triumphant debut leading Carmen, conducts. A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

La Fanciulla del West - Metropolitan Opera
December 18, 2010 -

Puccini's wild west opera stars all-American diva Deborah Voigt and Marcello Giordani, and is conducted by Nicola Luisotti. The performances mark the 100th anniversary of the opera's world premiere at the Met.

God Bless Us Everyone - Dicapo Opera Theater
Through December 19, 2010 -

Just in time for the holiday season Dicapo celebrates "Christmases past and present" with the world premiere of God Bless Us Everyone by Thomas Pasatieri. Set to a libretto by Michael Capasso and author Bill Van Horn based on the beloved Christmas writings of Charles Dickens, the story takes place twenty years after the events of A Christmas Carol; Scrooge has just died and everyone is two decades older. Tiny Tim has moved from England to the New World, and as so many immigrants, has served as a British mercenary in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Both Scrooge and Tim have suffered the loss of a young love early on in their lives. If A Christmas Carol was ultimately a story of redemption, Tim, in God Bless Us Everyone, cured through the late-blooming generosity of Scrooge, learns the lesson of forgiveness. Be prepared for some surprises. Michael Capasso directs. $50.

Live Jazz at Gallagher's Steak House - Gallagher's Steak House
Through December 23, 2010 -

Live jazz returns to New York City’s iconic Gallagher’s Steak House every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night beginning Thursday, September 23, and through the remainder of 2010. The Jazz ensembles are comprised of young musicians including 19-year-old Rhys Tivey. Gallagher’s has added a special jazz menu featuring light evening fare on those nights, which is available from 9 p.m. to midnight. There is a two-drink minimum required for those not dining. Reservations: 212-245-5336, mention JAZZ to be seated accordingly.

Tony Middleton - Sunday Jazz Brunch - The Garden Café at The Kitano New York Hotel
Through December 31, 2010 -

The legendary Tony Middleton launched The Garden Café’s Sunday Jazz brunch on Sunday, June 6, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Joining Mr. Middleton will be a rotating trio of some of Jazz music’s most prominent musicians.

Mr. Middleton will perform every Sunday at the Garden Café located on East 38th Street off Park Avenue at the Kitano New York Hotel beginning at 11:00 a.m. An extensive brunch buffet featuring breakfast and lunch items will be available along with cocktails, wines and locally brewed beer. Cocktails are limited to Bloody Mary, Mimosa and the special Aperol Spritz made with the Italian aperitif Aperol and Spanish Cava, a sparkling wine. The price of the buffet is $29.00 per person, plus 8.875% tax and includes one cocktail per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Garden Café directly at (212) 885-7123.

Flamenco Show on Saturday Nights - Meson Asturias
Through June 15, 2011 -

See Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino at Meson Asturias restaurant on Saturday nights! Flamenco singing and dancing with LIVE music- great for the whole family. Shows at 9PM and 11PM. #7 to 82nd St. (at Roosevelt), or E, F, R to Roosevelt Ave. (at 74th). For reservations: 718-446-9154. NO COVER.

Private Lessons in Flamenco Guitar - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Study Flamenco guitar with Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino, whether you're a beginner or an experienced player looking for a great teacher! His classes focus on strengthening your playing by achieving the correct right and left hand techniques, and increase your understanding of Flamenco within the context of dance and singing accompaniment. With over 30 years of professional experience, Basilio offers an incredible mix of traditional and modern styles and techniques, and is also able to work with written music or tablature. Fluent in Spanish, he has lived and worked in Spain and accompanied many well known artists throughout his career. To learn more, visit http://www.flamencolatino.com/class.htm. A single one-hour class is $70. A 4-pack is $200 ($50/hour), paid in advance. If you do a trial lesson at $70, but decide to continue studying, you may upgrade to a 4-pack; however, you must pay a the prorated balance of $130 within one week of the trial lesson. Open time slots include weekday and weekend afternoons and some evening time. Also, Group Guitar classes in cante accompaniment now available for intermediate level guitarists. Tues. 8-9:30. $20 for single class, 4-pack for $70. You must interview by phone or in person, and reserve space in class.

Lessons are held at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W 54th Street, 4th fl. Call Basilio at 212-399-8519

Flamenco Guitar Group Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

FLAMENCO GUITAR GROUP CLASSES on Wednesday nights at Flamenco Latino Studio with Basilio Georges. Level 2-Beginner (Spanish guitar facility and/or some flamenco background required. Audition may be necessary.), Wed. 7-8:30 pm -Technique, technique, technique -Basic compas patterns in various toques -Basic letra accompaniment, chords, in some toques -Learn to use falsetas you already have, and play them in rhythm. Level 1-Introductory/Basic Beginner (Some knowledge of chords very helpful), Wed. 8:30-10 pm. -Slow-paced class -Essential hand positions -Basic Technique -Basic Flamenco forms. Price $70 for 4-pack, $20 individually. Credits can also be applied to Mon. Cante class, 8:30-9:45 pm. Credit cards accepted. Email or call Basilio at 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Flamenco Singing Group Class - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Flamenco Latino offers a group Cante Class with Alfonso Cid (mixed students). Work on forms such as tangos, sevillanas, fandangos, alegrias, bulerias. Will include review of both Manuel Gago material and Alfonso Cid material. Mondays, 8:30-9:45 pm, new 4-pack of classes for $70.00! (ONLY $17.50/class!) Call 212-399-8519 to reserve.


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