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Things to do this week in NYC Dec 19-Dec 26: Music

December 19, 2009 - by CG Directory Editor

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.

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.

Hansel and Gretel - Metropolitan Opera
December 21, 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.

Musica Sacra of New York Performs Messiah - Carnegie Hall
Through December 22, 2009 -

Musica Sacra - Professional Choral Music At Its Finest Monday, December 21, 2009 at 8pm Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 8pm Musica Sacra Chorus & Orchestra Kent Tritle, Music Director and Conductor Julianne Baird, Soprano Anthony Roth Costanzo, Countertenor William Ferguson, Tenor Kevin Deas, Bass Visit www.MusicaSacraNY.com for additional information. Tickets are available at www.carnegiehall.org or by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

Elektra - Metropolitan Opera
December 22, 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 - Carnegie Hall
December 23, 2009 - Manhattan

Share the joy of our Messiah. The Masterwork Chorus performs Handel's Messiah under the direction of Dr. Andrew Megill, Music Director. Amy Cofield, soprano, Patricia Thompson, mezzo soprano, Scott Williamson, tenor, Richard Lippold, bass.

Les Contes d'Hoffmann - Metropolitan Opera
December 23, 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 24, 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.

Louisiana Sunkings - The Trashbar
Through December 24, 2009 -

We got a special treat for you...JP Bowersock, The Strokes' Guru, will be playing with some of the bands. More info below. The line up will go something a little like this 1. Littlest Guy: -The Fearless http://www.myspace.com/thefearlessmusic 2. Little Guy -Honey 3. Medium Guy -Kivi 4. Medium/Large Guy -Jaik Miller Band http://www.myspace.com/jmbrocks 5. BIGGEST EARGASM YOU'LL EVER HAVE AHHHHH -The Lousiana Sunkings (formally known as: the big bang, the bangerangs) http://www.myspace.com/thelouisianasunkings Note: All these bands are amazing, however, we had to order them somehow besides just boring old time. Special treat: JP Bowersock, The Strokes' Guru, will be playing with some of the bands (surprise surprise!) Here's a qoute from Albert Hammond the junior so you know I'm not making shit up again (JKJKJK) Hammond: "I didn't really know many people, and I was walking around with this Rickenbacker 360 that I had, that I was trying to get fixed, this guy came up to me and asked: "Do you use handmade strings on that guitar? I sell them." 'He looked a little shady, but I took a friend and went to this guy's apartment. And though I never see that guy now, he put me in touch with Richie Baxt, who put me in touch with JP.' Baxt is a retired New York police officer who runs a guitar shop from his apartment and is the man who fixes up The Strokes' guitars. JP Bowersock, who has officially been installed as band 'guru', is the man Hammond, followed by Casablancas and, briefly, Valensi turned to for guitar tutelage and lessons in the history of music. 'JP helped me discover what it was that I wanted to discover about music, things like how to discover empty spaces,' explains Hammond. It wasn't this strict teacher thing. We'd just go over there and have an hour's lesson and then hang out for a couple of hours, talk about music and drink beer." (http://www.themodernage.co.uk/bandx.html) Trashbar Open Bar from 8-9 ... free drinks LATE NIGHT DRINK SPECIALS: $3 PBRs AND $6 JACK & BACK (PBR & Shot Of Jack Daniels) AFTER 1 AM! DIRECTIONS Take the L to Bedford walk to Grand St.

Les Contes d'Hoffmann - Metropolitan Opera
December 26, 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.

Elektra - Metropolitan Opera
December 26, 2009 -

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

Joby Rogers Is the Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience - Mohegan Sun
December 26, 2009 -

Joby Rogers, the number one Michael Impersonator in the world brings you "The Ultimate Michael Experience" which features themed LIVE dancers,laser light show, pyro-technics, video and much more. A must-see event, the best Michael Experience to ever be shown on stage. Joby Rogers is the only MJ Impersonator to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. In 2005, Joby was honored by being personally approved in a signed statement by Michael Jackson as the best Michael Jackson Impersonator.

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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