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Things to do this week in NYC Jan 1-Jan 8: 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.

Phish - Madison Square Garden
Through January 01, 2011 -

Ring in the New Year with Phish! The band will be playing at Madison Square Garden on December 30, December 31 and January 1. Phish has sold over 8 million albums and DVDs in the United States, and have released 14 studio albums to date.

The Magic Flute - Metropolitan Opera
January 01, 2011 -

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.

Pelleas et Melisande - Metropolitan Opera
January 01, 2011 -

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

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.

La Fanciulla del West - Metropolitan Opera
January 03, 2011 -

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 Magic Flute - Metropolitan Opera
January 03, 2011 -

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.

La Traviata - Metropolitan Opera
January 04, 2011 -

Willy Decker's strikingly beautiful production, a hit when it premiered at the Salzburg Festival in 2005, arrives at the Met with soprano Marina Poplavskaya starring as opera's most fascinating heroine. Matthew Polenzani plays Alfredo with Andrzej Dobber as his father; Gianandrea Noseda conducts Verdi's timeless tragedy. Original production of the Salzburger Festspiele; with thanks to De Nederlandse Opera.

Carmen - Metropolitan Opera
January 05, 2011 -

The Met's thrilling new production returns with Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna reprising their sensational performances. Also featuring Kate Aldrich, Nicole Cabell, Hei-Kyung Hong, Brandon Jovanovich, John Relyea, and Paulo Szot.

The Magic Flute - Metropolitan Opera
January 06, 2011 -

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.

Khaled Live - Think Coffee
January 06, 2011 -

If you've ever been to Think Coffee, then you've probably sworn off Starbucks already! This is the first free show of 2011! Come and warm up at Think Coffee on Mercer with a hot chocolate or one of their organic coffees and teas! Free WiFi too! N, R Train to 8th Street 4, 6 Train to Bleeker St-Lexington B, D, F, M Train to Broadyway - Lafayette.

La Traviata - Metropolitan Opera
January 07, 2011 -

Willy Decker's strikingly beautiful production, a hit when it premiered at the Salzburg Festival in 2005, arrives at the Met with soprano Marina Poplavskaya starring as opera's most fascinating heroine. Matthew Polenzani plays Alfredo with Andrzej Dobber as his father; Gianandrea Noseda conducts Verdi's timeless tragedy. Original production of the Salzburger Festspiele; with thanks to De Nederlandse Opera.

La Fanciulla del West - Metropolitan Opera
January 08, 2011 -

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.

Carmen - Metropolitan Opera
January 08, 2011 -

The Met's thrilling new production returns with Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna reprising their sensational performances. Also featuring Kate Aldrich, Nicole Cabell, Hei-Kyung Hong, Brandon Jovanovich, John Relyea, and Paulo Szot.

Marc Cohn & Suzanne Vega - The Town Hall
January 08, 2011 -

Two masterful contemporary singer/songwriters share the stage for a delightful evening of music. After winning a Grammy and composing the soulful ballad "Walking in Memphis" in the '90s, Cohn has reconnected with his songwriting muse. His new material contains complex and private emotions set to music of remarkable depth and complexity. A masterful storyteller who "observed the world with a clinically poetic eye," Suzanne Vega focuses on city life, ordinary people and real world subjects in her powerful and moving music.

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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