There's more to the holidays than "Messiah" and Christmas. Expand your horizons beyond Handel and purchase tickets early for these two additional special events that will appeal to music lovers of all ages:
The world-renowned a capella choir Pomerium presents "Creator of the Stars: Christmas Music of the Old World," solemn and joyful chants and their polyphonic elaborations from the Renaissance. December 22.
The Play of Daniel, the fully-staged 12th-century proto-opera depicting the Old Testament story of the Jewish prophet Daniel, the writing on the wall, and the lions' den. December 27, 28, and 29.
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Bargemusic presents The Western Wind BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES Music for Thanksgiving and Chanukkah
Linda Lee Jones, Michele Kennedy, sopranos William Zukof, countertenor, Todd Frizzell, David Vanderwal, tenors Elliot Z. Levine, baritone With Patricia Davis, violin
In 2013, on the 28th of November, Thanksgiving and the first day of Chanukkah coincide. The last time this occurred was in 1899. This will never happen again, even projecting to the year 9999!
In honor of this unique event, The Western Wind presents music honoring both holidays. The program includes traditional graces and hymns, Early American music featuring William Billings’ humorous Thanksgiving Anthem, Renaissance Hebrew Psalm settings by Salamone Rossi, Baroque Psalm settings by Heinrich Schutz; e e cummings’ i thank You God set by Western Wind’s baritone, Elliot Z. Levine and a delightful selection of Chanukkah songs in English, Yiddish and Ladino from both the Eastern European and Sephardic traditions.
Saturday, November 30 at 7 pm Bargemusic Fulton Ferry Landing (near the Brooklyn Bridge) Brooklyn
Tickets: $35 ~ Adults $30 ~ Seniors $15 ~ Students
The Sebastians Christmas in Rome Daniel S. Lee, violin Beth Wenstrom, violin Ezra Seltzer, cello Jeffrey Grossman, harpsichord
A seasonal tribute featuring Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and other works by Biber, Schmelzer, and Handel.
“The Sebastians took us on a delightful journey, one in which lucid, subtle playing left space for the emotion and wit... [The] audience had been thoroughly seduced by the ensemble's deft balance of firebrand playing and classical elegance.” – Seen and Heard International
Saturday, December 7 at 4 pm All Angels’ Church 251 West 80th Street (between Broadway and West End Avenue) Manhattan
GOTHAM EARLY MUSIC SCENE (GEMS) is an organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of early music in New York City. It serves professional and amateur performers and ensembles, presenters, audiences and enthusiasts. Allan Kozinn of The New York Times wrote that GEMS will bring "cohesiveness and vitality to the city's patchwork of early-music groups."
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Last updated Tuesday, November 26, 2013