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December 12, 2009 - 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.

Hot Tuna - Beacon Theatre
December 12, 2009 - Manhattan

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady return to the Beacon Theatre for their triumphant annual fall celebration. For almost four decades, Hot Tuna has played and recorded some of the best and most memorable American blues and roots music. Formed by Jorma and Jack while they were still lead guitarist and bassist of the Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna began as an acoustic band and has morphed into masterful group which has captivated music lovers the world over. Hot Tuna's acoustic and electric concerts feature the brilliant mandolin virtuoso Barry Mitterhoff and young percussionist Erik Diaz. Fans remark how the Hot Tuna of today sounds astonishingly like the Hot Tuna of 30 years ago -- and even better!

Fun, Folk-Rockin' Concert * David Ippolito * NYC's Coolest Guitarman - Merkin Concert Hall
December 12, 2009 - Manhattan

IT'S COOL TO CARE! Folk-rock's dynamic David Ippolito kicks off an evening of musical fun and lotsa laughs with the celebratory release of his 8th CD, "Wouldn’t Want It Any Other Way." Ippolito -- known around the globe as That Guitarman from Central Park -- inspires a feel-good vibe that'll stay with you for days. You'll have a blast! "David writes incredible songs about life, love, and the world," says Sid Bernstein, the legendary music promoter who brought the Beatles and Rolling Stones to America. "You'll feel wonderful listening to him. He is amazing!" With George Wurzbach (piano), Ryan Cavan (drums), Nelson Montana (bass), and vocalists David Marcus, Teresa Reynolds, and Janet Kirker.

For more information or advance purchase, please visit http://kaufman-center.org/merkin-concert-hall/event/david-ippolito-year-end-concert

Mad Meow Music Presents Seattlites - Amber
December 12, 2009 -

Mad Meow Music Presents Seattlites, an explosive line-up from musicians all from Seattle. Dejha Colantuono, Tight White Jeans, Heather Duby, and Mayors and Warriors.

Le Nozze di Figaro - Metropolitan Opera
December 12, 2009 -

Mozart's timeless masterpiece stars Danielle de Niese and Luca Pisaroni as the servant couple who outmaneuver their bosses (and everyone else in their world) over the course of one crazy day. Ludovic Tezier is the philandering Count, and Angela Meade and Annette Dasch share the role of his long-suffering wife. Isabel Leonard upsets the household as the excitable pageboy Cherubino. Fabio Luisi conducts.

Il Trittico - Metropolitan Opera
December 12, 2009 -

Patricia Racette stars in all three one-act operas of Puccini's ambitious operatic triptych. Jack O'Brien's spectacular production also features Stephanie Blythe, reprising her acclaimed interpretation from the 2007 premiere run. The stellar cast also includes Zeljko Lucic and Alessandro Corbelli, who returns to the title role of Gianni Schicchi.

The Queen of Spades - Metropolitan Opera
December 13, 2009 -

Seiji Ozawa returns to the Met after an absence of more than 15 years. He conducts Tchaikovsky's adaptation of Pushkin's engrossing tale, with heldentenor Ben Heppner, above, as the soldier whose obsession with cards leads him down a spiral of madness and murder. Maria Guleghina stars as the innocent woman drawn into his descent.

Holiday Brass - New York Philharmonic
December 13, 2009 -

The Philharmonic's Principal Brass Quintet and the The West Point Band Brass & Percussion present their annual holiday classic, filled with wit, virtuosity, and the glorious music of the season. $47-$77. 3pm.

Trinity Choir's Renowned 'Messiah' Concert - Trinity Church
December 13, 2009 -

The critically acclaimed Trinity Choir, joined by the Trinity Baroque Orchestra is proud to present their annual performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 3:00 PM and Monday, December 14, 2009 at 7:30 PM. Special guest conductor Jane Glover will lead the choir through this performance.

Messiah has withstood the test of time better than any other oratorio -- especially in England and America where it premiered twenty-eight years after it was written. Handel's most famous work has since been edited and transcribed for everything from full symphonic orchestra to jazz and pop combos and performed by choirs of twelve, and by choirs of hundreds. The Trinity Choir's Messiah has been called "the Messiah to beat in a season bursting with them" by the New York Times featuring an elaborate mix of chorus, soloists, and orchestra.

Trinity Choir's Renowned 'Messiah' Concert - Trinity Church
December 14, 2009 -

The critically acclaimed Trinity Choir, joined by the Trinity Baroque Orchestra is proud to present their annual performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 3:00 PM and Monday, December 14, 2009 at 7:30 PM. Special guest conductor Jane Glover will lead the choir through this performance.

Messiah has withstood the test of time better than any other oratorio -- especially in England and America where it premiered twenty-eight years after it was written. Handel's most famous work has since been edited and transcribed for everything from full symphonic orchestra to jazz and pop combos and performed by choirs of twelve, and by choirs of hundreds. The Trinity Choir's Messiah has been called "the Messiah to beat in a season bursting with them" by the New York Times featuring an elaborate mix of chorus, soloists, and orchestra.

Hansel and Gretel - Metropolitan Opera
December 14, 2009 -

Haunting, charming, and a little wicked, the Met's production returns as the season's special holiday presentation for families. Miah Persson and Angelika Kirchschlager are the lost siblings. Philip Langridge reprises his outlandish portrayal of the Witch in Humperdinck's take on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Sung in English and conducted by Fabio Luisi.

Jazz in Times Square - Rosy O'Grady's Limerick Bar
December 14, 2009 -

Will Vinson Quartet 8PM. Loren Stillman Quartet 9:15PM. Joel Frahm Quartet 10:30PM

Elektra - Metropolitan Opera
December 15, 2009 -

Richard Strauss's blazing score stars Susan Bullock as the demented princess. Deborah Voigt plays her devoted sister, Chrysothemis, and Fabio Luisi conducts.

Les Contes d'Hoffmann - Metropolitan Opera
December 16, 2009 -

A powerhouse team joins forces for Offenbach's psychological fantasy. James Levine conducts, and Tony Award winner Bart Sher (South Pacific) returns after the triumph of his Met Barber of Seville to direct. Joseph Calleja sings the tour-de-force title role, opposite Anna Netrebko as the tragic Antonia and Alan Held as the demonic four villains.

To All, Wassail! A 19th-Century Holiday Concert - The Merchants House Museum
December 16, 2009 -

The Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society will present a concert of vocal quartets, solos, holiday readings and sing-alongs. A wassail punch reception to meet the artists will follow. $25, FREE for Museum Members.

Il Divo - Beacon Theatre
Through December 17, 2009 - Manhattan

Celebrate the holidays with Il Divo and their special guests Emmy- and Tony-winning Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth and international violin virtuoso Vanessa-Mae. The artists will be accompanied by the Opera Orchestra of New York. The show will feature seasonal songs such as "White Christmas," "Silent Night" and many more.

Hansel and Gretel - Metropolitan Opera
December 17, 2009 -

Haunting, charming, and a little wicked, the Met's production returns as the season's special holiday presentation for families. Miah Persson and Angelika Kirchschlager are the lost siblings. Philip Langridge reprises his outlandish portrayal of the Witch in Humperdinck's take on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Sung in English and conducted by Fabio Luisi.

Kings County Opry - Freddy's Bar and Back Room
December 17, 2009 -

After 6 years of the Kings County Opry, the Old Time, Bluegrass, Country music carousel will be having one last spin. This is it, the final show. I'm happy to report that, in the holiday spirit, we'll be having the 6th Annual Christmas Carol Conspiracy grace the stage. Special guests galore: Alex Battles, Katherine Etzel, Dock Oscar, Eli Smith and Bob Town. Every year, Gary Keenan and his fine band bring their brand of Christmas Cheer. Fractured Christmas Carols and songs that definitely won’t be played at a mall near you, will populate Freddy's venerable back room. Stop by to drown your sorrows or sing along shamelessly. Many Christmas Spirits will be there, Jack, Johnny and my good friend Laphroig. There will be the gumdrop fairies at the Song Circle getting one last lick on the candy cane. Bring your nutcrackers.

Fuzzy Fridays Family Rock-n-Roll Show - Knitting Factory Brooklyn
December 18, 2009 -

A Fuzzy Lemons song is guaranteed to have a catchy melody, clever lyrics, and a groove that grown-ups will love as much as their kids. The band explores a wide variety of fun and unexpected musical styles, including reggae, funk, rockabilly, folk, pop, blues, surf rock, heavy metal and even ska. A Fuzzy Lemons concert will have kids and parents laughing, dancing and singing along. Toes will tap and heads will bob. The Lemons play the traditional guitars, bass guitars, drums, and keyboards essential to great rock n' roll, and season the mix with accordions, harmonicas, clarinets, saxophones, mandolins, banjos, and lots of percussion instruments, including pots and pans. Oh, and they love to harmonize. There's a lot of audience interaction, and everyone can sing along with the simple-yet-catchy melodies. Even the lullabies are silly.

Get tickets here:

http://bk.knittingfactory.com/event-details/?tfly_event_id=1785

Elektra - Metropolitan Opera
December 18, 2009 -

Richard Strauss's blazing score stars Susan Bullock as the demented princess. Deborah Voigt plays her devoted sister, Chrysothemis, and Fabio Luisi conducts.

Handel's Messiah - New York Philharmonic
Through December 19, 2009 -

The New York Philharmonic performs the holiday classic, conducted by Helmuth Rilling. $31-$109. 7:30pm.

Celebrate the Holidays with the New York Pops and Sandi Patty - Carnegie Hall
Through December 19, 2009 -

The New York Pops will celebrate the holiday season this year with two evenings of timeless carols and seasonal favorites at Carnegie Hall. On December 18 & 19, 2009 at 8:00 PM, the orchestra is joined by celebrated vocalist Sandi Patty for this festive program. Known to many simply as "The Voice," Sandi Patty is one of the most highly acclaimed singers in contemporary music today. The five-time Grammy winner has also been awarded four Billboard Music Awards, 39 Dove Awards, and has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. She recently headlined the sold out show Sandi Patty’s Broadway with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Also performing with The New York Pops is the internationally renowned Young People's Chorus of New York City, an ensemble that has performed in venues ranging from The White House to Smetana Hall in Prague. The choir, directed by Francisco J. Nunez, sang at the 2005 World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto, and Pope Benedict XVI's first papal visit to the United States. Guest conductor John Morris Russell, Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, leads the annual holiday concert, one of Carnegie Hall’s most popular December traditions.

Ticket prices range from $33- $104. Tickets are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, www.carnegiehall.org

Jump Onto the Polar Express with the New York Pops - Carnegie Hall
December 19, 2009 -

The can't-miss family-friendly event of the holiday season is The New York Pops presentation of the beloved children's tale The Polar Express. On December 19, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium, this concert -- a major highlight of the annual Carnegie Hall Family Concert series -- will feature the Young People's Chorus of New York City conducted by John Morris Russell and narration by television and Broadway star John Tartaglia. Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express depicts the story of a young boy who embarks on a journey of self-discovery when he boards a powerful magical train headed to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. This performance features images from Allsburg's 1985 Caldecott Medal-winning children's book and a score written by film composer Alan Silvestri, who wrote the music for the 2004 feature film adaptation.

With the new holiday favorite "I Believe" and timeless seasonal classics added to the program, this concert is sure to delight patrons of all ages. Recommended for children ages 5-12, the concerts are a great introduction to music. Every child gets a KidsNotes -- a concert program filled with activities and information about the concert. A pre-concert activity featuring storyteller, narrator, and singer Charlotte Blake Alston will take place one hour before the performance and is free to all ticket holders. The special 25th anniversary edition of The Polar Express book, which includes a CD audio recording read by Liam Neeson, a note from Chris Van Allsburg, and a keepsake "All Aboard" ornament, will be available for purchase at The Shop at Carnegie Hall.

Tickets are $9. To purchase, call 212-247-7800 or visit www.carnegiehall.org

Les Contes d'Hoffmann - Metropolitan Opera
December 19, 2009 -

A powerhouse team joins forces for Offenbach's psychological fantasy. James Levine conducts, and Tony Award winner Bart Sher (South Pacific) returns after the triumph of his Met Barber of Seville to direct. Joseph Calleja sings the tour-de-force title role, opposite Anna Netrebko as the tragic Antonia and Alan Held as the demonic four villains.

Hansel and Gretel - Metropolitan Opera
December 19, 2009 -

Haunting, charming, and a little wicked, the Met's production returns as the season's special holiday presentation for families. Miah Persson and Angelika Kirchschlager are the lost siblings. Philip Langridge reprises his outlandish portrayal of the Witch in Humperdinck's take on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Sung in English and conducted by Fabio Luisi.

Flamenco Guitar Group Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through January 15, 2010 -

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.

Classes held at: Flamenco Latino Studio 244 W 54th Street, 4th floor (between B-way and 8th Ave.) NY,NY 10019

www.flamencolatino.com


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