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Classical Music in New York City This Week - December 16-December 23

December 16, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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From the New York Philharmonic to churches and smaller concert halls, you'll find the best of New York's classical music in City Guide's calendar. When it comes to acoustics, famous destinations like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center are world-class attractions and we've got every upcoming performance listed in our system.

Estas Tonne: Breath of Sound World Tour - Tribeca Performing Arts Center
December 16, 2018 - Tribeca

As a modern-day Troubadour Estas Tonne travels countless places and finds himself in several cultural references without identifying himself with a single nation or country, rather with the cultural richness of the world. His music is therefore a reflection of a classical structure, technique of Flamenco, roots of Gypsy, characteristics of Latin and Electronic Soundscapes. His Song of the Golden Dragon surpassed over 40 million views on Youtube. The upcoming tour, The Breath of Sound, reaches the followers of bold guitar music and unique art & culture, as well as spiritual wellbeing. Through his music Estas Tonne invites people to close their eyes, open their hearts and dive into a sacred space where one can experience music in the purest form.

Annual West Village Chorale Village Caroling Walk - Judson Memorial Church
December 16, 2018 - New York

"45th Annual Village Caroling Walk" Gather in the Meeting Room of Judson Memorial Church, in the heart of Greenwich Village, then join us strolling through the historic, Dickens-like blocks singing seasonal carols and songs. Teams of singers head out from Judson through the late afternoon. Refreshments, conviviality and more singing follow back at Judson. Songbooks provided. A Village tradition since 1974!

Intergenerational Jam Session - National Jazz Museum in Harlem
December 16, 2018 - Harlem

Jazz For Curious Listeners Pianist and master educator Eli Yamin has a way of bringing people together through jazz. He's a blues evangelist who partners an infectious love for the music with a passion for sharing it in ways that everyone can understand. His musical workshops, full of clapping, singing, dance and play, invite listeners to feel the music deep in their bones. Here, Yamin and friends kick off the afternoon with a romping set of blues and jazz, followed by an all-ages jam session open to musicians, singers, and dancers of every stripe.

Tangos' From Gardel to Piazzolla - Club Bonafide
December 16, 2018 - New York

The illegitimate son of a French laundress in turn-of-the-century Buenos Aires, Carlos Gardel would ultimately rise to fame as one of the greatest tango singers of all time. Now the legendary tango star gets a rousing musical tribute by popular musical duo Yael & Gabriel at Club Bonafide in NYC. Yael Dray-Barel is a French-Israeli singer-songwriter influenced by rock and gypsy jazz, and her songs often incorporate the five languages she speaks. Argentinian guitarist Gabriel Hermida infuses his compositions with the essence of classical tango, flamenco and contemporary jazz. At this special concert, the pair will pay tribute to the bossa nova legend and put a spotlight on Hermida's countryman Ástor Piazzolla, who's credited with adding a touch of jazz and classical to tango, forging a new style called nuevo tango.

Masterworks Series–Bach: Goldberg Variations - Bargemusic
December 16, 2018 - Brooklyn

Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 Steven Beck, piano

Ron Grant And Friends At Mist Harlem - MIST Harlem
December 16, 2018 - New York

Join us for THE ANNIVERSARY SHOW, Sunday December 16th and the CHRISTMAS SHOW special, Sunday December 23rd. MIST Harlem welcomes Ron Grant and Friends to their new home. The most famous open mic in NYC every Sunday... an incredible experience.

Bach's Solo Cantatas - St John's in the Village
December 16, 2018 - New York

Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture presents Frank Mathis (baritone) and Jonathan DePeri (piano) performing Bach's solo cantatas

Early Music New York | Colonial Christmas - Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
December 16, 2018 - New York

Early Music Foundation Presents Early Music New York Frederick Renz, Director COLONIAL CHRISTMAS The Grand Tour England & the Colonies EM/NY’s annual holiday appearances at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine are perennial sold-out events. Dr. 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, and bass. Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 pm Sunday, December 16 at 2 pm Sunday, December 23 at 2 pm Tuesday, December 25 at 2 pm* Tuesday, December 25 at 5 pm Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, NYC (program subject to change) Tickets $40.00 reserved seats (*$50.00 for December 25 at 2 pm) $20.00 student (w/valid ID, available at door, day of) Tickets available by phone (212-280-0330), on-line (www.EarlyMusicNY.org) and at the door, half an hour prior to performance. Group discounts available by telephone. All major credit cards accepted. https://www.earlymusicny.org/

Noel Nights: Rufus & Martha Wainwright and Family and Friends - The Town Hall,
December 16, 2018 - New York

Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Teddy Thompson, Sloan Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Martha Plimpton, Lucy Wainwright Roche & more The legendary Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright's Christmas show, "Noel Nights," is back in New York City! Featuring three generations of the Wainwright and McGarrigle families along with many special guests, the show has previously been presented in Montreal, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Nashville. This year, after a 4 year hiatus, the show is returning to New York City on Dec. 16 at Town Hall. The show features not only Martha and Rufus but also Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Teddy Thompson, Sloan Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche and more special guests to be announced. Described by The New York Times as "typical Christmas-time family gathering motley, convivial, multi-generational, jokey, affectionate and tinged with both skepticism and faith," the Christmas show has been a family tradition since 2005 when Kate and Anna McGarrigle released their classic album, "The McGarrigle Christmas Hour." Part concert and part family reunion the show was inspired by Kate McGarrigle, Ru... (read more)

Interschool Orchestras of New York Winter Concert - Symphony Space
December 16, 2018 - New York

The InterSchool Orchestras of New York Winter concert is back at Symphony Space! All four orchestras of the program-Morningside, Carnegie Hill, Concert Orchestra and ISO Symphony will be performing.

Concept Lab Volume Iv - The Cornelia Street Cafe
December 16, 2018 - New York

Seth Boustead, piano; Talia Dicker, cello; Irene Fitzgerald-Cherry , violin; Miles Massicotte, piano; Gene Pritsker, electric guitar; Roger Tréfousse, piano Composers: Seth Boustead, Max Grafe, Gene Pritsker, William Jason Raynovich, Will Rowe, Roger Tréfousse PROGRAM: Adrift by Seth Boustead, Ephemeroptera Studies: Book I by Max Grafe, Concept By Gene Pritsker, Commercial Etudes: Installment One and Tryptych by Will Rowe Concept Lab is an exciting new exploratory music series featuring finished works, works in progress, improvised works and collaborative and multi-disciplinary projects in all stages of completion. Created by composers Seth Boustead and Will Rowe and run as a collective, Concept Lab is a showcase of the newest of the new and an exciting sneak preview of mainstays on the upcoming New York performance scene.

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland Jazz Club
December 16, 2018 - New York

Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill -- leader of the "first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz" (NY Times) -- was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O'Farrill, Arturo was Educated at Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He played piano in Carla Bley's Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte. The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the resident large format ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) founded by Arturo O'Farrill in 2007 and dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz, supporting its performance for new audiences, and educating young people in the understanding and performance of this important cultural treasure. For more information about the orchestra and other ALJA initiatives, please visit us at www.afrolatinjazz.org

Ypc Participates in New York's Oldest Christmas Tradition - Church of the Intercession
December 16, 2018 - New York

Young People's Chorus at Washington Heights (YPCWH) conducted by YPC Assistant Conductor Maria Peña return to the Church of the Intercession to open the church's century-old holiday tradition: a performance of holiday music, followed by a candlelight reading of Clement Clarke Moore's "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and a lantern procession and wreath-laying ceremony at Clement Moore's mausoleum at Trinity Church, across the from The Church of the Intercession.

An Evening Honoring Jessye Norman - National Sawdust
December 17, 2018 - Brooklyn

National Sawdust honors icon of the operatic stage Jessye Norman with an exclusive peek into Norman's latest project, Sissieretta Jones: Call Her By Her Name!. Join National Sawdust to hear powerhouse performers from across disciplines and styles in an electrifying evening of masterful interpretations that celebrate the life and career of Sissieretta Jones, a groundbreaking figure in the 19th-century American opera world and the first African American artists to sing in the main hall of Carnegie Hall. Featuring: Harolyn Blackwell – soprano ELEW – piano David Gonzalez – scriptwriter Alicia Graf Mack – dancer Kamal Khan – accompanist Delfeayo Marsalis – trombonist Darryl "DMC" McDaniels – narrator/hip-hop artist Laquita Mitchell – soprano Alicia Hall Moran – narrator Jared Grimes – tap dancer PUBLIQuartet – string quartet Susan Platts – mezzo-soprano Aaron Severini – arranger Arthur Woodley – bass Following the performance, hear Jessye Norman discuss the project in conversation with Harolyn Blackwell and Adina Williams, moderated by television journalist and fashion model Gail O'Neill. $250 ticket ($200 tax deductible) includes pre-concert reception; proceeds w... (read more)

Handel Messiah - Carnegie Hall
December 20, 2018 - NYC

Handel's Messiah and Christmas are Perfect Together. There is no better way to enjoy the Christmas season than hearing The Masterwork Chorus' presentation of Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall in New York City. it's one of the best shows in town. When combined with the window displays on 5th Ave., the tree at Rockefeller Center, and dinner with family and friends, it is a wonderful way to prepare for Christmas. Masterwork's Messiah features orchestra, top-notch soloists, and the glorious sound of the chorus singing the beauty of Christ's birth, passion, and resurrection. Thursday, Dec. 20th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available through Carnegie Hall's website, www.carnegiehall.org or through CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800.

Handel Messiah - Carnegie Hall
December 20, 2018 - NYC

Handel's Messiah and Christmas are Perfect Together. There is no better way to enjoy the Christmas season than hearing The Masterwork Chorus' presentation of Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall in New York City. it's one of the best shows in town. When combined with the window displays on 5th Ave., the tree at Rockefeller Center, and dinner with family and friends, it is a wonderful way to prepare for Christmas. Masterwork's Messiah features orchestra, top-notch soloists, and the glorious sound of the chorus singing the beauty of Christ's birth, passion, and resurrection. Thursday, Dec. 20th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available through Carnegie Hall's website, www.carnegiehall.org or through CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800.

39th Annual A City Singing At Christmas - St. Patrick's Cathedral
December 20, 2018 - New York

The Young People's Chorus of New York City returns to St. Patrick's Cathedral, where they will join the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale directed by Edward Norris, the Cathedral Choir under the direction of St. Patrick's Director of Music Dr. Jennifer Pascual, the Cathedral Organs, and the New York Symphonic Brass in this cherished and much-anticipated celebration of Christmas. This inspiring evening of traditional and contemporary Christmas hymns and carols closes with the performers and entire congregation raising their voices together to sing Silent Night by candle light. Young People's Chorus of New York St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Director Glen Cove High School Select Chorale Edward Norris, Director The Cathedral Organs New York Symphonic Brass

Cherish the Ladies - A Celtic Christmas - Tarrytown Music Hall
December 22, 2018 - Tarrytown

A Music Hall/Music Without Borders Co-presentation One of the most engaging and successful ensembles in the history of Celtic music, Cherish The Ladies have shared timeless Irish traditions with audiences worldwide for over thirty years. In their Celtic Christmas program, the Ladies put their signature mark on classic carols such as "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Silent Night," in arrangements that highlight the group's unique Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and spectacular step dancing. Hailed by The New York Times as "passionate, tender and rambunctious," Cherish The Ladies have released three critically acclaimed holiday albums, On Christmas Night, A Star In The East, and 2015's Christmas In Ireland.

Early Music New York | Colonial Christmas - Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
December 23, 2018 - New York

Early Music Foundation Presents Early Music New York Frederick Renz, Director COLONIAL CHRISTMAS The Grand Tour England & the Colonies EM/NY’s annual holiday appearances at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine are perennial sold-out events. Dr. 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, and bass. Saturday, December 15 at 7:30 pm Sunday, December 16 at 2 pm Sunday, December 23 at 2 pm Tuesday, December 25 at 2 pm* Tuesday, December 25 at 5 pm Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, NYC (program subject to change) Tickets $40.00 reserved seats (*$50.00 for December 25 at 2 pm) $20.00 student (w/valid ID, available at door, day of) Tickets available by phone (212-280-0330), on-line (www.EarlyMusicNY.org) and at the door, half an hour prior to performance. Group discounts available by telephone. All major credit cards accepted. https://www.earlymusicny.org/

Barry Harris Trio - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Through December 23, 2018 - New York

With pianist Barry Harris.

A Christmas Carol - Theatre Three
Through December 24, 2018 - Port Jefferson

I will honor Christmas in my heart …" Celebrate the season with Long Island's own holiday tradition and broadwayworld.com winner for Best Play. Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas—past, present and future. As described by Newsday—"There could scarcely be a finer tribute to [Dickens'] legend than A CHRISTMAS CAROL at THEATRE THREE"—chosen as its Number One Holiday Theatrical Event—join us for our 35th annual production of the immortal classic in all of its thrills, music, joy, and spirit.

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