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Celebrate With A Focus on Music

It may be because Hanukkah comes unusually early this year

(tonight is the first night), but the concerts scheduled this weekend

unintentionally present the essence of the entire holiday music season. In

other words, there's something for just about everybody on Sunday, let alone

all the sounds to be heard from now until New Year's. There's a "Messiah" at

Carnegie Hall, vespers and benediction for Advent with period instruments at

St. Jean Baptiste Church in Manhattan, Hanukkah programs at the Brooklyn Center

for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, the 92nd Street YM-YWHA and the

Metropolitan Museum of Art, and, of course, an ecumenical celebration at the

New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury. That's just the beginning of

a season full of joyous music. (Phone numbers for major venues and sources such

as Ticketmaster are listed in the accompanying box; other numbers are listed

with events.)

DEC. 1

A Hanukkah Celebration. The L'Chaim series features songwriter and re-

cording artist Debbie Friedman, 2 p.m., Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

at Brooklyn College, Flatbush and Nostrand avenues, Brooklyn, $30.

Messiah. John Rutter conducts his Magnificat and Christmas portions of

Handel's Messiah with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, soprano Kirsten

Leslie, counter tenor David Sabella, tenor Christopher Pucci and bass-baritone

John Marcus Bindel, 2 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 57th Street at Seventh Avenue,

Manhattan, $30-$75.

Family Hanukkah Concert. Handel's oratorio "Judas Maccabaeus," featured

with excerpts for young audiences, performed by members of the Children's

Orchestra Society and Young People's Chorus of New York City, with narration

written by Jonathan Levi, 3 p.m., 92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd

Street, Manhattan, $25.

Holiday Celebration. An ecumenical tribute to the holiday season with

soloists Joanne Tuohey and Gregory Keil, accompanied by pianist Mason G. Senft,

3 p.m., New York Institute of Technology, Northern Boulevard, Old Westbury.

Solemn Vespers and Benediction for Advent. Dixit Dominus is performed with

an orchestra of period instruments, 4 p.m., St. Jean Baptiste, 184 E. 76th St.,

Manhattan, 212-570-2130.

"Music of Light." The Andy Statman Trio performs a Hanukkah program

featuring Klezmer and Hasidic music, 7 p.m., Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000

Fifth Ave. at 82nd Street, Manhattan, $50.

DEC. 2

The Musical Storyteller. A production of holiday stories told by Vivian

Farrell, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Dec.2-3, Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing

Meadows-Corona Park, Flushing, $6.

Irish Tenors. Anthony Kearns, Ronan Tynan and Finbar Wright perform

selections from "We Three Kings," 8 p.m. Dec. 2-3, Carnegie Hall, 57th Street

at Seventh Avenue, Manhattan, $35-$125.

Trisha Brown Dance Company. Performance of "Winterreise," a choreographed

version of Franz Schubert's song-cycle of the same name, 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 4, 6,

9, 11 and 13, John Jay College Theater, Amsterdam Avenue between 58th and 59th

streets, Manhattan, $40.

Russian Christmas. The Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, under the

direction of Nikolai Kachanov, performs traditional Christmas liturgical music

by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Kastalsky and Chesnokov, plus Russian folk songs

and Christmas carols, 8 p.m., New York University Catholic Center, Washington

Square South, Manhattan, $20, $12 seniors 65 and older.

DEC. 3

Klezmer Music and Stories. The musical group Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi

perform works by Izu Gott, Nikolai Radu, Ludmilla Pollack and others, 8 p.m.,

Monroe Lecture Center Theater, Hofstra University Hempstead Turnpike,

Hempstead, $16, $13 seniors.

Bach and the Christmas Chorale. "Vom Himmel Hoch: Bach and the Christmas

Chorale" is performed by the Vox Vocal Ensemble, Gotham City Orchestra,

conducted by George Steel; features soprano Jolle Greenleaf, counter tenor

Robert Isaacs, tenor Michael Steinberger, bass-baritone Christopher Trueblood

and organist Timothy Smith, 8 p.m., Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr.,

Manhattan, $35, $21 students, $7 Columbia University students.

DEC. 4

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Opening Night Benefit Gala includes

world premiere of Lynn Taylor-Corbett's "Prayers From the Edge" plus Ailey's

"Love Songs" and "Revelations," with hosts Serena Williams, Ruby Dee and Ossie

Davis, 7 p.m., City Center, 131 W. 55th St., $25-$35, 212-581-1212; $250 and up

includes dinner and dancing from 9:30 p.m., Sheraton, Seventh Avenue at 53rd

Street, 212-767-0590, ext. 223; season continues through Jan. 5, $25-90.

Organ Recitals and Lunch. A recital of Christmas organ music, 12:15 p.m.

Dec. 4, 11 and 18, Congregational Church of Patchogue, 95 E. Main St.,

Patchogue, 631-475-1235, $6, $4 children.

DEC. 5

In the Spirit of Christmas. A celebration combining choir, instrumental

music, dance and congregational singing, 8 p.m., St. Joseph's College, O'Connor

Hall, 155 W. Roe Blvd., Patchogue, 631-447-2739.

DEC. 6

Island Senior String Orchestra. A free concert of holiday music, 10 a.m.,

Brentwood Public Library, Second Avenue at Fourth Street, Brentwood,

631-281-6243.

Cantori New York. The 40-voice ensemble performs traditional carols and

seasonal music, 8 p.m. Dec. 6, 3 p.m. Dec. 8, Church of St. Luke in the Fields,

487 Hudson St., Manhattan, $15, $10 seniors and students, $5 children younger

than 12, 212-414-9419.

Sing Noel. New Amsterdam Singers perform carols, and a cappella works of

Bach, Handel, Tallis, Warlock and Billings, 8 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran

Church, Central Park West at 65th Street, Manhattan, $18, $15 seniors and

students, 212-568-5948.

Christmas Classic Nativity: A Life Story. The Schomburg Center for Research

in Black Culture presents a retelling of the biblical Christmas story with

African-American music and dance, featuring Stephanie Mills, BeBe Winans and

Phylicia Rashad, 8 p.m., Dec. 6; 3 and 8 p.m., Dec. 7, United Palace Theatre,

175th Street and Broadway, Manhattan, $25, $35 and $50.

Ball in the House. The a cappella band performs a show for teens and

families, 8 p.m., Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 78 Main St.,

Westhampton Beach, $15.

DEC. 7

American Dance Theatre of Long Island. "Clara's Dream," performs at 2 and 7

p.m., Dec. 7; and 1 and 6 p.m., Dec. 8, Patchogue Theater for the Performing

Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. $18, groups of 10 or more for matinees only

$10 per person.

Holiday Concert. Momentum, the mother/daughter duo of Kathleen Dougherty

and Kristine Dougherty, performs holiday and classical selections, 2 p.m.,

Sayville Library, 11 Collins Ave., Sayville, 631-581-4440.

Holiday Music. The Long Island Flute Club Holiday Flute Ensemble performs,

3 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 74 Forest Ave., Glen Cove, 516-795-7745.

Holiday Concert. Christian music artist Jolene performs at 7 p.m., Lutheran

Church of the Good Shepherd, 230 Brookside Ave., Roosevelt, $10, 516-378-5486.

Russian Christmas. The Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, under the

direction of Nikolai Kachanov, performs traditional Christmas liturgical music

by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Kastalsky and Chesnokov, in addition to Russian

folk songs and Christmas carols, 3 p.m., Cathedral of St. John the Divine, $25,

$15 seniors 65 and older.

Wantagh Baptist Church Choir. "Emmanuel Has Come," including the orchestra

and junior choir, 7 p.m., Dec. 7; 4 and 6:30 p.m., Dec. 8, Wantagh Baptist

Church, 1081 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh.

"The Barber of Seville." The opera by Rossini is performed in Italian and

English, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28; at 2:30, Dec. 8, 15, 22, 29; and 7 p.m.

Dec. 31; Amato Opera, 319 Bowery at Second Street, Manhattan, $28, $23

seniors, students and children younger than 12; $110 (New Year's Eve gala).

The Babylon Chorale. Christmas concert featuring an audience sing-along,

7:30 p.m., St. Peter's by the Sea Episcopal Church, Montauk Highway, Bay Shore,

$12, $10 students and seniors, 631-281-6243.

Birthday Celebration. The New York Philharmonic celebrates its 160th

birthday with guest artist Deborah Voigt performing arias by Weber and

Beethoven, 8 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th Street,

Manhattan.

Baroque Christmas. The holiday event features 17th century French noels,

Lutheran Advent hymns, Spanish villancious, Scottish airs and English ballads;

reception follows, 8 p.m., Dec. 7; 3 p.m. Dec. 15, 22; 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 25;

Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, Manhattan,

$30.

Waldorf Choral Society. A performance directed by George V. Rose includes

Beethoven's Mass in C Major, Rutter's Magnificat and seasonal favorites, 8

p.m., Cathedral of the Incarnation, 50 Cathedral Ave., Garden City, $18, $15

seniors.

Voci da Camera. "A Voci Christmas" directed by Kathleen Blixt, features the

music of Poulenc, Rorem, Susa, Gabrieli and others, 8 p.m., Christ Church, 61

Main St., Oyster Bay, $17 in advance, $20 at the door, 631-321-9154.

Holiday Concert. Nylon and Steel performs 8 p.m., Conklin Barn, Corner of

New York Avenue and High Street, Huntington, $10, $2 children younger than 12.

Holiday Concert. Huntington Men's Chorus presents a seasonal program, 8

p.m., Huntington High School, Oakwood and McKay roads, Huntington, $8, $6

seniors and students, 631-271-8423.

Hofstra Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. 20th century favorites for chorus

and orchestra, including Poulenc's "Gloria" and Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms"

under the direction of Christine Myers and David Fryling, 8 p.m. Dec. 7; 3

p.m. Dec. 8, John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hofstra University, Hempstead, $6,

$5 seniors.

North Shore Community Chorus and Island Chamber Symphony. Handel's "Messiah

Part I" and Vivaldi's "Gloria," 8 p.m., North Shore High School Theatre, 450

Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head. $10, $7 seniors and children, 516-705-0226.

DEC. 8

Holiday Concert. The Chamber Music Brunch Series hosts a brass quintet

featuring members of the Long Island Philharmonic, 1 p.m., Shea Theatre in the

Islip Arts Building, Ammerman Campus, Suffolk County Community College, Selden.

Klezmer Concert. "The Golden Dreydl: a Klezmer Nutcracker," performed by

Ellen Kushner and the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, 1:30 p.m., Kaye Playhouse at

Hunter College, 68th Street between Park and Lexington avenues, Manhattan, $30,

$22 children younger than 12.

Holiday Music. The Merrick Chorale performs a program of Christmas and

Hanukkah music, 2 p.m., North Merrick Library, 1691 Meadowbrook Rd., North

Merrick, 516-378-2285.

The Choral Society of the Hamptons. The chorus of 80 singers performs

Handel's "Messiah," 3 and 5:30 p.m., Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, Main

Street, Bridgehampton, $20, $10 for 18 and younger, 631-204-9402.

"Messiah" Concert. The Long Island Choral Society presents its 74th annual

performance of Handel's "Messiah," 3 p.m., Cathedral of the Incarnation, 50

Cathedral Ave., Garden City, $15 and $18.

Bayside Glee Club. Winter concert, 3 p.m., Church on the Hill, 168th Street

and 35th Avenue, Flushing, $7, 718-424-5769.

Goldspiel/Provost Classical Guitar Duo. Hempstead Town Hall concert series

presents a program featuring Alan Goldspiel and Richard Provost; music ranges

from Baroque and opera to pop and jazz, 3 p.m., Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion,

Main Street and Peninsula Boulevard, Hempstead, $15, $12.50 seniors.

Winter Wonderland. Great Neck Choral Society's musical program includes

John Rutter's "When Icicles Hang," Camille Saint-Saens "Christmas Oratorio" and

the premiere performance of "December," written by the society's conductor,

Virginia Davidson, 3 p.m., St. Paul the Apostle Church, 2534 Cedar Swamp Rd.,

Brookville, $20, 516-935-1880.

The Island Senior Symphony. Excerpts from Swan Lake, Mozart's "Overture"

and the "Marriage of Figaro," featuring soprano Linda Lane Smith, 3 p.m., St.

Peter's by the Sea Episcopal Church, Montauk Highway, Bay Shore, 631-281-6243.

Messiah Sing-Along. Join-in performance in the Recital Hall, 3 p.m.,

Staller Center at Stony Brook University, Nicolls Road, Stony Brook.

A Chorister's Christmas. The Cathedral Choristers perform a holiday concert

of Christmas songs and seasonal readings with celebrity guest appearances and

soloists; conducted by Johnson Flucker, 3:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. John the

Divine, Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, Manhattan, $15.

Sing Noel. New Amsterdam Singers perform carols and a cappella works of

Bach, Handel, Tallis, Warlock and Billings, 4 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church,

Lexington Avenue at 88th Street, Manhattan, $18, $15 students and seniors,

212-568-5948.

Holiday Concert. The Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra performs Grieg's

"Holbert Suite," Chopin's piano Concerto No. 2 and Tchaikovsky's "Christmas," 4

p.m., Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave., Manhattan, $25.

Christmas at the Met. Eos Orchestra's debut and modernized adaptation of

Schutz' 17th century oratorio "Historia der Geburt Jesu Christi" (The Birth of

Jesus Christ), performed in English, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., Metropolitan Museum of

Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, Manhattan, $55.

Russian Christmas. The Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, under the

direction of Nikolai Kachanov, performs traditional Christmas liturgical music

by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Kastalsky and Chesnokov, in addition to Russian

folk songs and Christmas carols, 4 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, 240 E.

31st St., $20, $12 seniors 65 and older, 212-928-1402.

DEC. 9

Holiday Concert. The Dowling College Jazz Ensemble, under director Sonny

Dallas, 8 p.m., Creative Ministries Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy.,

Oakdale.

DEC. 10

Messiah. Johannes Somary conducts the Cathedral Choir and the Amor Artis

Chamber Choir in Handel's "Messiah," 7:15 p.m., St. Patrick's Cathedral, Fifth

Avenue at 50th Street, Manhattan, $20 advance, $25 at the door.

Holiday Concert. The Dowling College Orchestra under director Charles

Weinsoff, 8 p.m., Creative Ministries Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy.,

Oakdale.

The Stonewall Chorale. Under the direction of artistic director Cynthia

Powell, performs traditional and contemporary music from Spain, Latin America

and the American Southwest, 8 p.m., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th St.,

Manhattan, $20 advance, $25 at the door, $12 students.

DEC. 11

Dix Hills Performing Arts Center. A traditional holiday concert features

choir, chorus and concert band, 7:30 p.m., Five Towns College, 305 N. Service

Rd., Dix Hills.

DEC. 12

92.3 K-Rock Claus-Fest 2002. Okgo, Taproot, Cold Play, Stone Sour, New

Found Glory, Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Corgan and Zwan, Ozzy and Kelly

Osbourne, and others, 5:30 p.m., Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255

Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale, $47.50.

"Mass in Four Voices." The Tallis Scholars perform a program of works by

Elizabethan composer William Byrd, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., Metropolitan Museum of

Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd Street, Manhattan, $55.

Holiday Jazz Concert. The Jazz Orchestra and Vocal Jazz Ensemble perform,

7:30 p.m., Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, Five Towns College, Dix Hills.

Holiday Concert. A concert under the direction of Ron Armanini, 8 p.m.,

Creative Ministries Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale.

Christmas Concert. The North Shore Pops Concert Band performs, 8 p.m., St.

Rocco's Church, 18 Third St., Glen Cove, 631-864-2574.

DEC. 13

The City Celebrates Christmas. Gospel singer Theresa Thomason, jazz

trumpeter Jimmy Owens, storyteller and musician Madafo Lloyd Wilson and

percussionist Valerie Dee Naranjo celebrate the season, 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of

St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, Manhattan, $50

reserved, $20-$25 general admission.

Messiah. The National Chorale presents its annual performance of Handel's

work, featuring Joanna Mongiardo, Sandra Piques-Eddy, Rockland Osgood and

Robert Gardner, 8 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th

Street, Manhattan, $27-$88.

Christmas at Carnegie Hall. The New York Choral Society presents tenor

Daniel Rodriguez, the Young People's Chorus of New York and musical highlights

including Finzi's "In Terra Pax," Gene Scheer's "Christmas Once Again," and

holiday classics, 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 57th Street at Seventh Avenue,

Manhattan, $15-$75.

Knights of the Many-Sided Table Chamber Ensemble. Classical holiday music,

8 p.m., Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, $25.

"Christmas in England and America." Greenwich Village Singers presents the

world premiere of Jonathan David's Christmas cantata, 8 p.m., St. Joseph's

Church, 371 Sixth Ave., Manhattan, $20 by Dec. 11, $25 at the door,

212-642-8176.

Christmas Revels. A celebration of the winter solstice is performed, 8

p.m., Dec. 13; 2 and 8 p.m., Dec. 14; 2 and 6 p.m., Dec. 15; Symphony Space,

Broadway at 95th Street, Manhattan, $27-$37 adults, $22-$31 children.

Concert. Tom Postilio performs a program of classic American standards, 8

p.m., Westbury Music Fair, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, $37.50.

DEC. 14

Color My Song! The Gloria Honig Family Holiday Celebration performance of

songs focusing on Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, featuring Jaimy Cohen and

her trio of musicians, 11:30 a.m., Heckscher Park, Prime Avenue and Route 25,

Huntington, $10 per family of four. Must register.

Young People's Concert. Lucas Richman makes his New York Philharmonic

conducting debut and Tony Randall narrates the musical story "Peter and the

Wolf," 2 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th Street,

Manhattan, $5-$23.

Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra. Handel's "Messiah" performed under the

direction of musical director Andrew Megill, 2 and 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 57th

Street at Seventh Avenue, Manhattan, $20-$100.

Holiday Concert. Musicians of Brooklyn Baroque with Carlene Stober (viola

de gamba and cello) and Jessica Gould (soprano) perform French and English

Baroque cantatas, music for two cellos and seasonal music, 2 p.m., Morris-Jumel

Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, Manhattan, $10, 212-923-8008.

Christmas With the Nassau Pops. Under the direction of Louis Panacciulli,

the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra, with the St. John's University Mixed

Chorus, performs a holiday concert, 7 p.m., St. John's University, 8000 Utopia

Parkway, Jamaica.

"Messiah." The Cathedral Combined Choir, soloists and full orchestra

perform Handel's classic, 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. John the Divine,

Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, Manhattan, $50 reserved, $20-$25 general

admission.

Joyful Is the Dark. Music for the holiday season performed by the New

Century Singers, accompanied by the Long Island Chamber Players, 7:30 p.m.,

Congregational Church of Patchogue, 95 E. Main St., Patchogue, $15 in advance,

$12 seniors, children and students; $20 at the door, 631-473-5426.

Queens College Choral Society. Concert of works from Johann Sebastian

Bach's "Cantata 140," Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria" and selections from Handel's

"Messiah," 8 p.m., Colden Center at Queens College, Kissena Boulevard and the

Long Island Expressway, Flushing, $15 and $13.

Holiday Concert for Choral and Brass. The Long Island Brass Guild joins the

Long Island Symphonic Choral Association and the LISCA Youth Choir in

celebration of the season, 8 p.m., Infant Jesus Chapel, St. Charles Hospital,

Belle Terre Road, Port Jefferson, $16, $14 seniors and students, 631-751-2743.

Holiday Chorus. The Marian Male Chorus hosts its annual Holiday Potpourri

Concert, 8 p.m., Seaford High School, 1575 Seamans Neck Rd., Seaford, 516-248-

9215.

Randall Bays Trio. Big Grey Concerts presents a program of Irish music, 8

p.m., Searing-Roslyn United Methodist Church, 134 I.U. Willets Rd., Albertson,

$12, $10 seniors, $4 children younger than 12, 516-599-4749.

Long Island Baroque Ensemble. A festive performance celebrating the season

with music from various cultures and heritages. Singers are accompanied by an

array of Renaissance instruments and a brass choir, 8 p.m., St. Andrew's

Lutheran Church, 30 Brooksite Dr., Smithtown, $18, $15 seniors and students,

$10 children younger than 16, 631-724-7386.

DEC. 15

Family Holiday Outing. Herricks High School Show Choir, under the direction

of Nina Pfeffer, performs a holiday concert, 2 p.m., Long Island Children's

Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, $8, $7 seniors.

The Three Kings. Aurora Flores presents a reading of the music theater work

telling the multicultural, intergenerational story, 3 p.m., Aaron Davis Hall,

West 135th Street and Convent Avenue, Manhattan.

Klezmerfest. Klezmer Conservatory Band performs a blend of jazz, folk and

Jewish classics, 3 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th

Street, Manhattan, $28-$64.

Long Island Baroque Ensemble. A festive performance celebrating the season

with music from various cultures. Singers are accompanied by an array of

Renaissance instruments and brass choir, 3 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 65 E.

Main St., Oyster Bay, , $18, $15 seniors and students, $10 children younger

than 16, 631-724- 7386.

Candlelight Holiday Festival and Pageant. Combined choirs perform familiar

carols from around the world; features music by Wilcox, Lauridsen, Vaughan

Williams, Poulenc, Victoria and Yon, 3 p.m., St. Jean Baptiste, 184 E. 76th

St., Manhattan, 212-570-2130.

Christmas With the Nassau Pops. Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra, under the

direction of Louis Panacciulli, and the Mineola Choral Society perform a

holiday concert, 3 p.m., Chaminade High School, 340 Jackson Ave., Mineola,

516-565-0646.

Holiday Concert. Choirs of the church perform Saint-Saens' "Oratorio de

Noel," Rutter's "Dancing Day" and Saylor's "With Anthems Sweet," 4 p.m., Church

of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St., Manhattan, $20, $15 seniors and

students, $10 children 12 and younger, 212-414-9419.

Christmas Concert. In celebration of 75 years of singing, The Queens

Oratorio Society performs selections from Handel's "Messiah" and favorite

Christmas carols, 4 p.m., Maria Regina Residence, 1725 Brentwood Rd., building

1, Brentwood, 631-273-4500.

Joyful Is the Dark. Music for the holiday season is performed by New

Century Singers, accompanied by Long Island Chamber Players, 4:30 p.m., First

Presbyterian Church, Main and South streets, Port Jefferson, $15 in advance,

$12 seniors, children and students; $20 at the door, 631-473-5426.

Brandenburg Concertos. Violinist Joseph Silverstein joins the Chamber Music

Society of Lincoln Center in its performances of Bach's concertos, 5 p.m. Dec.

15, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Broadway at 66th

Street, Manhattan, $27.50, $37.50.

Vienna Boys Choir. Christmas concert conducted by choirmaster Robert

Rieder, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 57th Street at Seventh Avenue, Manhattan,

$19-$75.

Long Island Youth Orchestra. The first concert of its 40th season is

performed, 7:30 p.m., Tilles Center, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University,

Brookville, $10 adults, $4 students.

Benefit Christmas Concert. A candlelight procession precedes the 7:30 p.m.

concert; St. Joseph's Choir, accompanied by the Sophisticated Strings, soloist

April Lindevald and Charles Clausen on the trumpet, perform Handel's "Messiah"

Part 1 and Vivaldi's "Gloria," 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph's Church, 39 N. Carll

Ave., Babylon; benefits Sisters of Mercy Soup Kitchen, 631-669-0068.

DEC. 16

My Lord Chamberlain's Consort. "To Drive the Cold Winter Away," composed of

17th century sacred and secular songs and dances by Holborne, Campion, Dowland

and others, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. at

82nd Street, Manhattan, $55.

DEC. 17

Downtown Messiah. The Bottom Line presents its annual event featuring a

folk, jazz, rock, gospel, blues and bluegrass interpretation of Handel's

masterpiece, 6:30 p.m., World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey St.,

Manhattan, 212-945-0505.

"NotCRACKER" Season. Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech kicks off its family-friendly

ballets with Program A: "Papillon" and "Simon Sez," and Program B: "Straw

Hearts," Pacific Dances," and "Aurora I" Dec. 17-29, Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth

Ave., Manhattan, $40.

Holiday Concert. New York Big Brass performs a program of holiday music,

6:30 and 8:30 p.m., Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.at 82nd Street,

Manhattan, $55.

The Hard Nut. Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Philharmonic present

choreographer Mark Morris' satirical adaptation of the classic Nutcracker

tale, 7 p.m. Dec. 17 (Next Wave Gala, $150 and up); 7:30, Dec. 18, 19 20; 2 and

7:30 p.m., Dec. 21; 3 p.m., Dec. 22; Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette

Ave., Manhattan, $25-$60.

Messiah. Concert Royal, soprano Kirsten Blase, countertenor Dana Marsh,

tenor David Vanderwal and bass Curtis Streetman present Handel's Messiah, 7:30

p.m. Dec. 17 and 19, St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, $20-$70,

212-664-9360.

Holiday Homecoming. New York City Gay Men's Chorus, along with special

guest David Daniels, presents a concert, 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 57th Street at

Seventh Avenue, Manhattan, $25-$80.

Christmas Concert. Voices of Ascension, conducted by Dennis Keene, performs

a holiday program, 8 p.m. Dec. 17 and 21; Church of the Ascension, Fifth

Avenue at 10th Street, Manhattan, $10-$40, 212-358-'9.

DEC. 18

Concert. The American Boychoir performs a program of Renaissance carols,

traditional songs from around the world, and holiday favorites, 6:30 and 8:30

p.m., Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd Street, Manhattan,

$55.

"Messiah." Sir Neville Marriner conducts the New York Philharmonic

performing Handel's work, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18-19; 8 p.m. Dec. 20-21, Riverside

Church, 490 Riverside Dr., Manhattan, $25-$59.

A Joyous Christmas Concert. The program features Sylvia McNair, 7:30 p.m.,

St. Bartholomew's Church, Park Avenue and 51st Street, Manhattan, $50-$150.

Messiah Sing-In. The annual event includes an audience- chorus with 17 of

New York's choral conductors, 8 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center,

Broadway at 65th Street, Manhattan, $35-$82.

DEC. 19

Solstice Celebration. Join Paul Winter and friends for the annual Winter

Solstice Celebration, featuring Lucky Moyo, Theresa Thomason, the Forces of

Nature dancers and drummers, and the Paul Winter Consort, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-20;

2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Avenue at

112th Street, Manhattan. Tickets are $65 reserved, $29 and $39 general

admission.

DEC. 20

New York Pops. A holiday celebration is presented in the Isaac Stern

auditorium, 8 p.m. Dec. 20-21, Carnegie Hall, 57th Street at Seventh Avenue,

Manhattan, $24-$79.

Holiday Light. A musical program presented by Western Wind Vocal Ensemble

includes medieval carols, Renaissance polyphony, Latin American villancicous,

early American, folk and holiday music, 8 p.m., Grace Church, 802 Broadway at

10th Street, Manhattan, $15-$100, $12 seniors and students, $5 children younger

than 14.

Messiah. Choral Society of the Moriches, a 60-voice choir directed by

Martha Campanile, with orchestra, presents Handel's Messiah, 7:30 p.m.,

Congregational Church of Patchogue, 95 E. Main St., Patchogue, 631-475-1235, $7.

DEC. 21

Holiday Revue. The Folk Music Society of Huntington presents Bob Westcott's

11th Annual Holiday Revue, featuring Princess Peapod, Wild Ginger and Glenn

Pettit, 8 p.m., Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Dr.,

Centerport. Tickets are $8, $7 seniors, 631-661-1278.

DEC. 22

Christmas at Coe Hall. An afternoon of seasonal music with the Abaca

Ensemble, 1 and 3:30 p.m., Coe Hall, Planting Fields Arboretum, Planting Fields

Road, Oyster Bay, $28.

Holiday Brass. The Principal Brass Quintet from the New York Philharmonic

and the German Brass join forces for this concert, 3 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall,

Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th Street, Manhattan, $30-$66.

Oratorio Society of Queens. Traditional holiday music and Part I of

Handel's "Messiah," 4 p.m., Queensboro Community College, 56th Avenue and

Springfield Boulevard, Bayside,$20, $17 students and seniors.

Christmas Music. Concert at 4:45 p.m., St. Patrick's Cathedral, Fifth

Avenue at 50th Street, Manhattan.

The Abyssinian Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir. A variety of sacred holiday

selections is performed, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000

Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, Manhattan, $55.

DEC. 24

New York String Orchestra. The orchestra,

conducted by Jaime Laredo, performs works by

Grieg, Schubert and Mendelssohn, 7 p.m., Carnegie

Hall, 57th Street at Seventh Avenue, Manhattan,

$17-$47.

"Not Exactly Christmas Eve" Concert. The musical program featuring Israeli

singer David Broza includes songs in Hebrew, Spanish and English, 8 p.m., 92nd

Street Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, Manhattan, $45.

DEC. 28

Kwanzaa Regeneration Night Concert. A full-

length epic journey of the African-American family in

its quest to maintain spiritual and cultural identity, presented by Forces

of Nature Dance Theater under the artistic and choreographic direction of Abdel

R. Salaam, 7:30 p.m., Aaron Davis Hall, West 135th Street and Convent Avenue,

Manhattan, $25-$35, $15 children younger than 12.

New York String Orchestra. The orchestra, conducted by Jaime Laredo,

presents Mendelssohn's "Sinfonia No. 10 in B minor," "Violin Concerto in E

minor, Op. 64" and overture and incidental music to "A Midsummer Night's Dream,

Op. 21," 8 p.m., Carnegie Hall, 57th Street at Seventh Avenue, Manhattan,

$17-$47.

DEC. 31

Concert for Peace. New Year's Eve Concert featuring Judy Collins, soprano

Lauren Flanigan, cellist Eugene Friesen, the New York Chamber Symphony and New

York Festival Choir, 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam

Avenue at 112th Street, Manhattan, $50 reserved seats.

Brandenburg Concerti. Presented as part of the Great Music Series, 7:30

p.m., St. Bartholomew's Church, Park Avenue and 51st Street, Manhattan,

$35-$45, $20 seniors and students.

New Year's Eve Celebration. Broadway and Beyond, featuring the Long Island

Philharmonic, the Long Island Philharmonic Chorus and soprano Lisa Vroman, 7:30

p.m., Tilles Center, C.W. Post Campus Long Island University, Brookville,

$50-$95.

New Year's Eve Concert - Live From Lincoln Center. The New York

Philharmonic, conducted by Lorin Maazel, rings in the New Year with an

All-Gershwin program, 8 p.m., Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Broadway at

65th Street, Manhattan, $55-$220.

New Year's Eve Fete. Presented as part of the Great Music Series, 11 p.m.,

St. Bartholomew's Church, Park Avenue and 51st Street, Manhattan.

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