Looking for some great holiday performances in New York this 2015 season?! Well look no more!
As we are now into the holiday season, there are a number of performances happening around town! This is not meant to be a complete list, but just wanted to feature some shows that may be of interest.
Communal Chanukah Candle Lighting
Join in for the final day of Chanukah, as the holiday comes to an end for the Communal Chanukah Candle Lighting at the 92Y lobby featuring performances by the Harkness School of Dance, the School of Music, the 92Y Shababa and much more!
Date: Friday, December 11
For more information, please visit the 92Y’s website here!
The Hard Nut– Mark Morris Dance Group
Based on the book The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, by E.T.A Hoffmann, Mark Morris’ The Hard Nut returns to Brooklyn Academy of Music after a short hiatus for a fun spin on the classical tale. Performed with Morris’ lyrical modern dance, this funky, retro take, brings the 1890’s story to the swinging 1970s with raucous parties, dancing G.I. Joes, whimsical costumes, and a Waltz of the Snowflakes like no other all done to Tchaikovsky’s complete original score!
Dates: December 12-20
Location: BAM Howard Gillman Opera House
For more information, please visit BAM’s website here!
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, based on the Alexandre Dumas pere version of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale, features a full scale production with 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two casts of 50 young students each from the School of American Ballet to join forces and make each performance as magical as possible. Children of all ages from New York City and the nation fill the David H. Koch Theater to be captivated by the lure of Tchaikovsky’s music and Balanchine’s choreography in this unforgettable holiday favorite.
Dates: Now through Jan 3
Location: David H. Koch Theater @ Lincoln Center
For more information, please visit the New York City Ballet’s website here!
New York Pops- A Charlie Brown Christmas
In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the iconic television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Shwartz, Steven Reineke and The New York Pops come together in this popular winter celebration that includes a sing-a-long and exciting surprises that will bring yuletide cheer for the entire family. Performers also include the New York Theatre Ballet, TADA! Youth Theater, and Essential Voices USA.
Date: Sunday, December 20
Location: Carnegie Hall
For more information, please visit Carnegie Hall’s website here!
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Experience the magic of Christmas in New York in this holiday cultural staple featuring the world famous Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall now through January 3. This is a show not to miss as they continue to turn cherished moments into new memories in this holiday wonderland since its inception in 1933!
Dates: Now through January 3
Location: Radio City Music Hall
For more information, please visit Radio City’s website here!
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Under the direction of Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to the New York City Center for its 45th consecutive year now through January 3, 2016. Season highlights include a diverse repertoire featuring the world premiere of Awakening by Mr. Battle, Open Door by Ron K. Brown, and Untitled America: First Movement by Kyle Abraham, in addition to Company premieres of Paul Taylor’s Piazzolla Caldera along with new productions of Ailey classics: Blues Suite, Cry, and Love Songs. And of course there’s the must-see masterpiece Revelations! This five week season certainly has become a holiday favorite and tradition!
Dates: Now through January 3
Location: New York City Center
For more information, please visit Alvin Ailey’s website here!
Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night
The Apollo’s Kwanzaa Celebration featuring the renowned Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, is a favorite with New York audiences. Don’t miss this evening of joyful dance and music, hosted by WBLS personality Imhotep Gary Byrd, that honors the principles of Kwanzaa – family, community and culture.
Date: Sunday, December 27
Time: 2:00 & 7:30pm
For more information, please visit the Apollo’s website here!
Kwanzaa 2015: Energize, Recognize!
The 37th Kwanzaa celebration at the Museum of Natural History celebrates the African roots of the African American community drawing on the seven universal principles:
- Umoja- Unity
- Kujichagulia- Self-determination
- Ujima- Working together
- Ujamaa- Supporting each other
- Nia- Purpose
- Kuumba- Creativity
- Imani- Faith, especially faith in ourselves.
Special guests include students of the Harlem School of the Arts, Award-winning filmmaker MK Asante– who will introduce his landmark movie The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration, followed by a musical tribute to the film’s narrator, Dr. Maya Angelou, and a Q&A with Asante and Jamilah Lemieux, Senior Editor of EBONY Magazine. And of course, you can’t miss the talented Harlem native, dubbed the “World’s Greatest Entertainer” and “the human beatbox,” Doug E. Fresh who is known to rock the microphone!
Date: Sunday, December 27
Time: 12:00 & 3:00pm
Location: Museum of Natural History, Kaufman Theater
Tickets: FREE with Museum Admission
For more information, please visit the Museum of Natural History’s website here!
I know that there are many more holiday shows happening around town. If there is anything I did not list that you want to share, please comment below!