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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Do You Hear What We Hear?

A quick Superconductor guide to holiday concerts.
by Paul J. Pelkonen
Homer Simpson does some last minute shopping.
Image from Tis the Fifteenth Season © 2004 Gracie Films/20th Century Fox.
The holidays are in full festive swing at Superconductor and we are proud to present this quick guide to music being made in the late December here in New York City. So here's ten concerts, light on the gingerbread for when you want to hear something other than Handel's Messiah. (Don't worry our elves start off with a recommendation for Messiah also.)



Dec. 16, 17, 19-21, 26:
Handel's Messiah at Trinity Church and Alice Tully Hall and elsewhere.
The Choir and Orchestra of Trinity Wall Street presents its annual performance of the much-loved Handel oratorio. The performances at Trinity Church are sold out but there are still seats available for Dec. 17 at Lincoln Center's intimate Alice Tully Hall. If you can't make the Trinity performances there are performances of Messiah scheduled at Carnegie Hall next Monday (the Oratorio Society of New York) Tuesday (Musica Sacra) and Wednesday (the Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra.)

Dec. 18, 19:
Oh What Fun! A Philharmonic Holiday at David Geffen Hall
Eric Owens puts on a Santy Claus hat and a coat and steals Christmas, Kwanzaa and Festivus in this special Philharmonic celebration of the holidays. Yes, he's singing "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch" plus holiday favorites and an orchestral performance of The Nutcracker. The Philharmonic also offers five performances of Messiah from Dec. 15-19.

Dec. 20: 
Bach's Christmas Oratorio at David Geffen Hall
The  Riverside Choral Society brings Bach's mighty Christmas Oratorio to Lincoln Center's. This is an exhaustive three-hour work built from three Bach cantatas and remains an absolute masterpiece.

Dec. 20: 
A Charlie Brown Christmas at Carnegie Hall
The New York Pops bring a special holiday performance of music from the beloved television special with music by Vince Guaraldi and Felix Mendelssohn and collaborations with TADA! Youth Theater and the New York Theatre Ballet.

Dec. 28-29: 
PDQ Bach at Town Hall
The tomb of Bach's last and least son has been opened, releasing five classical gases from New York composer and presenter Professor Peter Schickele. This is the first New York PDQ Bach concert in a decade and includes five exhumations from the cocktail napkin containing the composer's back catalogue. Featuring the New York Pick-Up Ensemble and the stage management of William (hisssss) Walters. A second concert has just been added by order of the Krampus.
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Since 2007, Superconductor has grown from an occasional concert or CD review to a near-daily publication covering classical music, opera and the arts in and around NYC, with excursions to Boston, Philadelphia, and upstate NY. I am a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn NY. And no, I'm not a conductor.