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Things to do this week in NYC Dec 18-Dec 25: Music

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.

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.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
December 18, 2010 -

With live performances and celebrity DJs. 21 or over to enter. Doors at 10:30pm, Show at 11:00pm. $20 at door. RSVP to info@4kent.com. The Rewind Show is a vision we have had for as long as we have been in the business of night clubs and event planning. We are tired of the same concept that every night-club in NYC has been stuck with over the years and think that it's time to change the way to party! As we all know nothing can compare to a live performance and therefore we have created the Rewind Show! We want to bring an experience like no other by combining the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. Every Saturday night, the Highline Ballroom will operate as a high-end night club to let people experience the Rewind Show. (http://therewindshow.com/)

The Citizen's Band - Highline Ballroom
December 18, 2010 -

Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm. $35. The Citizens Band, the internationally acclaimed political theater troupe, return for their ninth original show, "The Past is a Foreign Country," on December 18th at New York City's Highline Ballroom. The production, presented by Press Here and the Culture Project will be staged for one night only and promotes the new Blue Key campaign, tackling the topic of refugees and displaced people. The Blue Key campaign, organized by USA for UNHCR draws attention to the work of the UN Refugee Agency and the global refugee crisis. This show marks the first time The Citizens Band and USA for UNHCR have worked together. "The Past is a Foreign Country" will begin promptly at 8pm. Equal parts show-stopping performers, political activists, eclectic tastemakers and headstrong personalities, The Citizens Band has been one of the most lauded and prominent staples of New York City nightlife for the past few years – a potent combination of the city's urban smarts, diverse style and forward-thinking attitude. Performers for "The Past is a Foreign Country" include Chelsea Bacon, Mr. Blue, Ian Buchanan, Michael Cavadias, Adam Crystal, Jorjee Douglass, Karen Elson, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Rachelle Garniez, Mike Jackson, Dave Lebleu, Mark McAdam, Angela McCluskey, Amy Miles, Jon Natchez, Jeff Palmiotti, Rain Phoenix, Kelly Pratt, Matt Ray, Ronin and Leah Siegel with direction by Calla Videt.

Christmas Quilt: Colonial Fuguing tunes, Jigs & Reels - Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
December 19, 2010 -

Artist-in-Residence, EM/NY’s holiday event at the festooned Cathedral of Saint John the Divine is a ‘sold-out’ tradition. This season, Frederick Renz presents stirring 18th-century, New England shape-note anthems and hymns heartily sung by his men’s vocal ensemble, generously spiked with English country dance tunes played by a lively band of fiddle, flute, bass and guitar. This thoroughly engaging program was recorded on compact disc in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and complements EM/NY’s compendium of holiday CD titles of medieval, Renaissance, baroque, Dutch and Bohemian repertoire on the Ex cathedra Records label.

Valencia - Highline Ballroom
December 19, 2010 -

With Automatic Loveletter, Mercy Mercedes, Terrible Things (former members of Taking Back Sunday, Coheed & Cambria and Hot Rod Circuit). Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:00pm. $12 adv, $15 at door.

Yaakov Shwekey - Beacon Theatre
December 19, 2010 -

Jewish Music's Ultimate Super-Star Yaakov Shwekey once again takes the stage at NYC's spectacular Beacon Theatre for ONE NIGHT ONLY on December 19, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. "Back to the Beacon" is the long anticipated encore of Yaakov Shwekey's 2009 debut on the Beacon Theatre stage which was aptly described as "Jewish music's most brilliant evening in 25 years." Featuring performances from Shwekey's newly released album Libi B'Mizrach and the Shwekey Returns to Caesaria album & DVD which is set to be released December 1st. Proceeds from this exciting event, will go to support the United Tzedaka Group.

ENSEMBLE ACJW - Carnegie Hall
December 19, 2010 -

A major highlight of Ensemble ACJW's season is a concert on Sunday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall led by Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker. The dramatic, somewhat dark, program includes György Ligeti's Violin Concerto with guest soloist Christian Tetzlaff, Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre featuring soprano Barbara Hannigan, Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen (with Mr. Tetzlaff as concertmaster), and Jean-Philippe Rameau's Suite from Les Boréades. This concert is part of Mr. Tetzlaff's six-event Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall this season. 7:30pm.

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.

The Waverly Consort - The Christmas Story - The Cloisters
December 19, 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

Sing Your Brass Off!! NYCGMC Holiday Spectacular - The Town Hall
December 19, 2010 -

An evening of holiday fun and surprises for chorus and brass, starring the incomparable Tony nominee and Emmy Award-winning Liz Callaway. The evening will feature holiday favorites, alongside an eclectic mix of choral music accompanied by a vibrant brass ensemble. From big band to Bollywood, from 15th Century traditional carols to modern classics by Morten Lauridsen and William Mathias, this year's concert will blow the roof off of Town Hall. The unique vocal talent and incisive wit of Liz Callaway will complement the rich and spacious sound of the 200-strong New York City Gay Men's Chorus. Liz Callaway has so many professional credits, it's difficult to list them all. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, and two years later received a Tony nomination for her role as Lizzie in Baby. She played Ellen in the original Broadway production of Miss Saigon and Grizabella in Cats. Ms. Callaway will delight audiences with songs made famous by Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Warnes and others. Oh yes, and we'll have appearances by Ken and Barbie … So, at this most wonderful time of the year (really?!), join us and the thousands who start their annual holiday season with our chorus family.

Pelleas et Melisande - Metropolitan Opera
December 20, 2010 -

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

Melanie Edwards at The Living Room - The Living Room
December 20, 2010 -

12/20: THE LIVING ROOM - MAIN STAGE - 8pm http://www.livingroomny.com/artist/melanie-edwards *Full band show - featuring Meredith Edwards on backing vocals and Jibrail Nor + Stacy Beatty, Jr. from BR and Timebomb: http://www.brandtimebomb.com/ Sharing bill with these talents: Jason Myles Goss - 7pm http://www.livingroomny.com/artist/jason-myles-goss Tony Scherr - 9pm http://www.livingroomny.com/artist/tony-scherr

The Hit Men - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 20, 2010 -

8:00PM, Doors @ 6PM. $20.00 Advance, $25.00 Day of Show. * General Admission Seating - First come, first seated. Reserved VIP booths on floor available for 4 and 6 people - $40per ticket - Must buy entire booth. A booth for 4 people costs $160 - A booth for 6 people costs $240. Gerry "Oh What A Night" Polci (Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons, Barry Manilow), Lee Shapiro (Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons, Barry Manilow, Tommy James & The Shondells), Don Ciccone (Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons, co-founder The Critters, Tommy James & The Shondells) Jimmy Ryan (Carly Simon, Jim Croce, co-founder "The Critters", Cat Stevens , Rod Stewart, Elton John & Kiki Dee, Paul McCartney) and Larry Gates (Desmond Child, Carole King, Bon Jovi) are: THE HIT MEN playing the hit songs of the 60s, 70s and 80s that they recorded and performed. Relive hit songs from Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons, The Critters, Carly Simon, Jim Croce, Barry Manilow, Tommy James & The Shondells, Cat Stevens and hear actual "behind the scenes" stories about the recordings and "the road".

Paul Dianno - Original Iron Maiden Vocalist - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 21, 2010 -

7:00PM, Doors @ 6PM. $15.00 Advance, $18.00 Day of Show * Standing Room Only/All Ages. Reserved VIP booths on floor available for 4 and 6 people - $35 per ticket - Must buy entire booth. A booth for 4 people costs $140 - A booth for 6 people costs $210. He was at the forefront of the "New Wave Of British Heavy Metal" movement. His unique and extremely powerful voice made a huge impression on metal fans around the world and helped sell 20 million copies of the first two Iron Maiden albums ("Iron Maiden" and "Killers"). Although he only appeared on the first two Maiden albums, Maiden's work with Paul Di'Anno remains among metal's all-time finest, and to this day those two albums are idolised and thought of as "The All Time Classics" by most Metal fans and musicians alike throughout the World. Now Paul Di'Anno returns to North America to conquer a new generation!

Lionheart: Christmas - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 21, 2010 -

Tydings Trew: Feasts of Christmas in Medieval England. English carols, chants, and motets for the Christmas season. All seats are unreserved. This concert is presented in front of the Museum's Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche. 6:30 & 8:30pm.

The Magic Flute - Metropolitan Opera
December 21, 2010 -

Julie Taymor's spellbinding production returns in its popular abridged, English-language version for the holidays. Nathan Gunn is Papageno. Includes special weekday matinee performances.

As Tall As Lions - A Farewell Show - Highline Ballroom
Through December 22, 2010 -

After eight years of music, friendship, laughter, adventure, bliss, blood, sweat, tears, and everything else that goes along with it, As Tall As Lions are retiring for the foreseeable future. There is no sadness on our side, and we hope there is none on yours. We will be playing a handful of shows across the country to try and give everyone an opportunity to see us one last time.

'Forever Ray' - A Musical Tribute to Ray Charles - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 22, 2010 -

Doors @ 12PM, Show @ 1PM. $20 Adv, $25 Day * General Admission Seating - First come, first seated * Reserved VIP booths on floor avail for 4 + 6 people - $30/ticket - Must buy entire booth. Booth for 4 = $120 - Booth for 6 = $180. Whitley and the Hard Times Band perform the exciting and uplifting music of Ray Charles, which include a wonderful blend of musical styles which range from Jazz and Blues, to Country and R&B. The band features a stellar line-up of musicians whose performing credits include: Ben E. King, Michael McDonald, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, George Clinton, Prince, Liza Minnelli, Jimmy Vivino, Rod Stewart, Celia Cruz, Aretha Franklin, Tito Puente, The O'Jays, Donna Summers, Temptations, Four Tops, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Frank Sinatra, Lionel Hampton + Vocalist Angela Workman was a Raelette in Ray Charles' band. From country to blues to jazz to R&B and even funk, Ray Charles set the aesthetic standard for more than five decades, earning plaudits across the globe and setting standards that his legion of fans, in and out of the entertainment industry, aspire to. More often than not he wasn't called by his name - or even his longtime nickname "Brother Ray"---his is simply "The Genius." Few artists can claim to have had such a wide ranging impact on the music we love, and even fewer have altered the course of so many musical streams - from his soul-jazz combos to his crucial R&B bands, to his landmark country music recordings, "Modern Sounds in Country Music." Only modesty kept him from saying the obvious - that his name sits at the top of the soul singers list.

Pat Travers + Joe Louis Walker - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 22, 2010 -

8:00PM, Doors 6PM. $25.00 Adv, $30.00 Day * General admission seated show - First come, first seated - Standing room at the bar. * Reserved VIP booths on floor available for 4 + 6 people - $45.00/ticket - Must buy entire booth. Booth for 4 people costs $180 - Booth for 6 people costs $270. His popularity with fans and his music skill combined to give Travers a reputation as one of the rising stars of Guitar Rock in the mid 1970s. One of his most popular songs is a cover of a Little Walter blues classic, "Boom Boom Out Go the Lights", Other popular songs included "Snorting Whiskey", "Heat in the Street", "I Just Got Paid Today" and "Stevie". The albums Go For What You Know and Crash and Burn from the early 1980s, increased his profile to that of a super star of the Guitar Rock world. Multiple Grammy & WC Handy Award winner, Joe Louis Walker is one of the most heralded blues artists of our time. JLW is a true powerhouse guitar virtuoso, unique singer & prolific songwriter who has toured the world religiously throughout his career and earned himself a legion of dedicated fans around the globe. He has recorded with the likes of BB King, James Cotton, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Huey Lewis, Branford Marsalis, Steve Cropper, Shemekia Copeland & Ike Turner, with a discography that counts 19 solo albums, 2 live DVD's, and countless compilations and guest appearances. Still recording & touring with a vengeance, JLW is already being referred to within the blues world as a "living legend." However, as Walker himself would say, "the best is yet to come!"

La Fanciulla del West - Metropolitan Opera
December 22, 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.

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.

Soulfarm - Highline Ballroom
December 23, 2010 -

With Moshav. Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 9:00pm. $18 adv, $22 at door. SOULFARM creates a potent sound that screams originality as it weaves a wide range of influences, like a fine musical tapestry from authentic Jam, Blues and Rock n Roll, with threads of Middle Eastern melodies. Eclectic and soulful, SOULFARM delivers it all! Pulsating percussion, dancing rhythms and gripping guitar leads, that force the listener to not only hear, but to become the music.

A Jazz Nativity - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 23, 2010 -

7:30PM, Doors @ 6PM. $35.00 Advance, $40.00 Day of Show * General Admission Seating - First come, first seated. Reserved VIP booths on floor available for 4 and 6 people - $55.00 per ticket - Must buy entire booth. A booth for 4 people costs $220 - A booth for 6 people costs $330. On Dec. 23rd at 7:30pm "Bending Towards the Light ..A Jazz Nativity" will burst onto the stage at BB King's for the first time. The Christmas story is told in full costume with great jazz players and singers playing the roles of the Shepherds, Kings, Angels and Mary and Joseph. This swinging, joyful holiday show warms the hearts of families and jazz fans of all faiths. This year's Kings, who present the gift of their talent, will include trombonist Steve Turre, tap-dancer Max Pollak and Warren Vache. The all star band will feature Latin percussionist Candido, trumpeter Lew Soloff, saxophonists Jon Gordon and Bob Kindred and trombonist Art Baron. The role of Mary will be sung by Amy London, that of the Archangel by mezzo-soprano Stephanie McGuire and a boy soprano from the Newark Boys Chorus School will be the Shepherd Boy. Special guests will include famed trombonist Slide Hampton, saxophonist Frank Wess and Latin Jazz pianist Arturo O'Farrill. The show combines well-known Christmas carols with original music by Anne Phillips, Bob Kindred and Dave and Iola Brubeck. The original soundtrack recording features as host the late CBS News journalist Charles Kuralt, with Lionel Hampton, Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente, Benny Powell, Toots Thielemans and many other jazz greats in the band. For information: www.jazznativity.com or www.cdbaby.com. Written and arranged by singer-songwriter Anne Phillips at the suggestion of the late John Garcia Gensel of St. Peter's Church, THE JAZZ NATIVITY first premiered in 1985. Since then it has been a popular Christmas offering across the country. BENDING TOWARDS THE LIGHT... A JAZZ NATIVITY is directed by Tad and Beth Jones. Music Director is Bob Kindred. Composer, Arranger, Conductor is Anne Phillips. Producer is Kindred Spirits, a not-for-profit organization.

Burning River Brass Family Christmas Concert - Metropolitan Museum of Art
December 23, 2010 -

A touch of tradition, a dash of jazz, and a healthy measure of cheer! This Christmas concert features delightful and time-honored carols and their very own Big Band Nutcracker. It's the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit! 3pm.

Pelleas et Melisande - Metropolitan Opera
December 23, 2010 -

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

Strawberry Fields - The Ultimate Beatles Tribute - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 24, 2010 -

Doors 6PM, Show 8PM. Tickets: $25.00 * General Admission Seating - First come, first seated. Reserved VIP booths avail for 4 + 6 people - $40/ticket - Must buy entire booth. Booth for 4 = $160-Booth for 6 = $240. Strawberry Fields is a look-a-like, sound-a-like Beatles tribute, dedicated to bringing you as close to a real Beatles concert as you can get. They take you on a Magical Mystery Tour beginning in 1964 complete with mop top hair, black suits with thin ties & the 1st four albums of music. Next stop, 1967, features the psychedelic era of "Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band" album with all the costumes & jackets on the album cover. The last stop includes: "White Album", "Abbey Road" & "Let It Be".

New York String Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
December 24, 2010 -

It's a New York City holiday tradition. For more than 40 years, this group of young musicians-in-training has performed at Carnegie Hall on Christmas Eve. This year, they team up with violinist Koh and pianist Hochman for a double concerto by Mendelssohn. 7pm.

The Magic Flute - Metropolitan Opera
December 24, 2010 -

Julie Taymor's spellbinding production returns in its popular abridged, English-language version for the holidays. Nathan Gunn is Papageno. Includes special weekday matinee performances.

Christmas Quilt: Colonial Fuguing tunes, Jigs & Reels - Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
December 25, 2010 -

Artist-in-Residence, EM/NY’s holiday event at the festooned Cathedral of Saint John the Divine is a ‘sold-out’ tradition. This season, Frederick Renz presents stirring 18th-century, New England shape-note anthems and hymns heartily sung by his men’s vocal ensemble, generously spiked with English country dance tunes played by a lively band of fiddle, flute, bass and guitar. This thoroughly engaging program was recorded on compact disc in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and complements EM/NY’s compendium of holiday CD titles of medieval, Renaissance, baroque, Dutch and Bohemian repertoire on the Ex cathedra Records label.

Live 'Holiday Jazz' at Gallagher's Steak House - Gallagher's Steak House
Through December 25, 2010 -

Those looking for a musical holiday interlude can look toward West 52nd Street, where Gallagher’s Steak House will present “Holiday Jazz” featuring teenage sensation Rhys Tivey and his band on Thursday night, December 23, a special Christmas Eve performance on Friday, December 24, and a Christmas Night encore on December 25, with all engagements beginning at 9:00 p.m. So, whether you’re an empty-nester seeking a quiet Christmas Eve, or not an observer of the religious holiday, Gallagher’s, located at 228 West 52nd Street, provides a nice musical alternative for New York City residents or Manhattan-bound visitors. For reservations call 212-245-5336.

ALLSTARZ James Brown Tribute Band - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
December 25, 2010 -

7:30PM, Doors 6PM. Tickets: $25.00. * General Admission Seating - First come, first seated. BLACK VELVET is a strong funk vocalist that sings and dances like James Brown, but yet has a style of his own. Some of the songs that he performs in his show are "Cold Sweat," "I Got You," "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," "Stir It Up," and many more Soul Classics. The eight-pc. Allstarz Band that backs Black Velvet features former members of Roy Ayers, Clarence Carter, The Intruders, Baby Washington + Wilson Pickett's bands.

Chrisette Michele Presents a Red, White & Blue Christmas - Highline Ballroom
December 25, 2010 -

Produced By Jill Newman Productions. Doors at 9:00pm, Show at 10:00pm. $25 adv, $30 at door. Surrounded by music since she was a small child, twenty-four year old singer, songwriter and composer Chrisette Michele has been blessed with an old soul and this Long Island bred songwriter and vocalist has a deep appreciation for the harmonic foundations that includes gospel and jazz. "I did my first solo when I was four years old," Chrisette remembers. Currently putting the finishing touches on her soulful debut album, an artistic exploration that fuses Chrisette's diverse musical interest into a wonderland, the young artist couldn't be more pleased. "I realize that I'm new to the music world, but I've been preparing for this moment for long time." Even before signing on the dotted line of her Def Jam contract last year, the multitalented soul sister had toured with more established artists like Kem and India Arie. "India saw me singing at the Village Underground in New York City. She came backstage that first night and graciously offered me a gig as her opening act." Working hard in the studio writing songs and recording demos, Chrisette finished an album worth of material before even trying to get signed. "I've been creating songs since I was twelve, so I knew I needed the right musical blend in order to stand-out from the many other performers trying to get a deal."

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.

American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through January 02, 2011 -

Magical toy soldiers, sparkling fairies, mischievous mice, and all the enchanting inhabitants of E.T.A. Hoffmann's whimsical world descend upon BAM this December for the world premiere of The Nutcracker, presented by the renowned American Ballet Theatre and choreographed by ABT artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky. Performed with a live orchestra, together with extraordinary sets and costumes by Tony Award-winner Richard Hudson (The Lion King), Ratmansky's new version of Tchaikovsky's classic unites more than 100 superb performers for a sublime retelling of the beloved story. Join the young Clara and her famous wooden prince for the sweetest of all family holiday dreams.

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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