It is that wonderful time of year in New York City. Bells are ringing on street corners as Jack Frost nips at noses with people celebrating holiday festivities. Along with hauling out the holly, lighting candles, shopping and viewing wonderful decorative storefront displays dressed up for festive amusement, it is also a glorious time to celebrate holiday cheer with music of the season by attending joyous concerts at wonderful venues.
‘Radio City Christmas Spectacular’
1260 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Date: Now through Dec. 31, 2014
More than a mere musical concert, the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” is perhaps the most famous holiday musical performance in the world. Enjoy a true extravaganza celebrating the Christmas season with the famed Radio City Hall Rockettes headlining a high-kicking show in a winter wonderland. It is a combination of dance and music of the season celebrating the magic of Christmas with Santa, ice skaters, teddy bears and other holiday surprises.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
Date: Dec. 16-20, 2014
A true holiday experience is in a concert of “Handel’s Messiah.” This has been a musical celebration of the holiday season for centuries. As quoted by Laurence Cummings, the director of the London Handel Orchestra, “The chorus propels the work forward with great emotional impact and uplifting messages.” “Handel’s Messiah” has become a New York City holiday tradition with the annual performances by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center.
35th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10025
Date: Dec. 18-30, 2014
The Winter Solstice Celebration is a concert that celebrates the holiday season by paying tribute to the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. Inside the beautiful Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the performance is a multi-cultural experience. The concert celebrates the journey of the Earth’s cycle around the sun into a brand new year. This is a fabulous concert for all across faiths, religious views and nationalities to enjoy, celebrate and learn from during the holiday season.
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
237 W. 42 St.
New York, NY 10036
Date: Dec. 25, 2014
The Maccabeats has become an annual holiday concert tradition with their Hanukkah show at the famed B.B. King Blues Club. Beginning as an a cappella group by in 2007 while students at Yeshiva University, the Maccabeats quickly became popular on campus. They now perform country wide in huge venues staying committed to their efforts of merging traditional and secular beliefs as they perform a mix of American, Israeli and Jewish music. Enjoy festive fun celebrating with the Maccabeats in an exciting club atmosphere.
‘Under the Mistletoe’
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
111 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10023
Date: Dec. 20, 2014
Rejoice in the holiday season excitement with a free concert at Lincoln Center. The Philhallmonics are happy to entertain, singing and celebrating holiday glee. Phil Hall plays the piano with a female chorus spreading the joy and exuberance of Christmas with songs of the season. Join in the merriment by humming and singing along, getting into the joyous groove of holiday celebration fun.
Carol Ruth Weber began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer and segued into the world of Interior Design. As an interior designer she has twenty-eight years of experience in all phases of the business. You can read more of her work on Examiner.com and she can also be contacted at WeberLifeDesign.