Celebrate the holiday season by catching one of these sure-to-be festival classical Christmas music concerts.
New York is never lacking for classical concerts. From Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to churches across the five boroughs—and even select nightclubs—the music of the masters rings through the air year-round. But the Christmas season has been a strong inspiration for many of the western world’s greatest composers, and the city lights up with Christmas concerts (many of them free) come December. Mix up your audio diet of poppy Christmas and Hannukah songs with classical performances of pieces by the old-timers like Bach and Mozart, or keep it contemporary with NYC traditions like Unsilent Night.
Christmas Across Centuries
The Tallis Scholars vocal ensemble puts the modern-day sacred music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt alongside 16th-century works by John Sheppard and Thomas Tallis in this Christmas gift from Miller Theatre presented in a beautiful gothic midtown church.
Peter & the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi
In what might be the finest narrator Prokofiev’s tale has found since David Bowie recorded it, fashion designer and general dandy Isaac Mizrahi reads Peter and the Wolf, abetted by the excellent Ensemble Signal and John Heginbotham’s choreography.
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Holiday Sing-A-Long
Your big chance to sing (and have a drink) with the Metropolitan Opera comes with this sing-a-long featuring the celebrated soprano Erin Morley. Traditional carols, classic arias and more modern works will intermingle as you dream of footlights and sugarplums. Children are welcome, particularly for the early show.
Messiah by George Frederic Handel
The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys presents one of the most majestic of works in the Christmas canon, Handel’s Messiah, in two concerts with guest conductor Thor Wedow.
One of NYC’s great downtown holiday traditions, Phil Kline’s seasonal boombox parade encourages attendees to join in. Participants will meet at 6:45pm at the Washington Square Park arch and will make their way in a cloud of ambient sound to Tompkins Square Park.
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