Handel's 'Messiah,' Jessica Lynn, Glenn Miller Orchestra: Holiday concerts in the Hudson Valley
Here's one sure sign that the live concert industry is returning to business as usual: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the beloved seasonal arena rock ensemble, is returning to the road, with stops at Belmont Park and the Prudential Center this month.
"Obviously, it isn’t exactly like in years past," said drummer Jeff Plate. "We still have COVID hanging over our heads and we’ve got to be very cautious and be smart about all of this, but everybody’s just so excited about getting back to work and doing what we do."
Many other holiday favorites are back for live performances, as well, from Handel's Messiah performed by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic to Cherish the Ladies to Broadway star Melissa Errico. Here are a few performances to consider:
Polyphony, Dec. 11
A cappella vocal quartet New York Polyphony brings their blended voices to Caramoor's Music Room for two concerts at 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 11, performing Sing Thee Nowell, a program of sacred Christmas music spanning seven centuries. The Rosen House, which is decorated for the holidays, will be open for viewing one hour prior to each performance. 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, caramoor.org
The BEST Christmas Ever! Dec. 10
At the Falcon Live in Marlboro, the performance, hosted by The Best Bros. & Corey Dandridge, will offer a holiday celebration of reggae jams, gospel, jazz and more. 7 p.m. 1348 Rt. 9W, Marlboro. For reservations go to liveatthefalcon.com
Stars in the Afternoon, Dec. 12
The Morning Music Club will present "Stars in the Afternoon," an afternoon holiday concert, culminating in a singalong of the "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's "Messiah." 2 p.m. First Reformed Church of the Nyacks, 18 S. Broadway, Nyack. $10 suggested donation. Morningmusicofrockland.org
The ‘Italian Broadway Christmas,’ Dec. 13
Anthony Nunziata’s ‘The Italian Christmas Broadway Show!’ is at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. The Carnegie Hall-headlining tenor and songwriter will be performing Broadway hits, Italian standards, and an array of classic and original holiday tunes. Joining Anthony is comedienne Regina DeCicco. 7:30 p.m. White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, 3rd Fl. White Plains. For tickets and more info, go to WPPAC.com
Melissa Errico, Dec. 17
Bronxville resident and Tony Award-nominated Broadway star and singer Melissa Errico will do a holiday concert, A Broadway Celebration, at The Emelin Theater in Mamaroneck at 8 p.m. She will be accompanied by Billy Stritch at the piano. Errico has starred in Broadway shows like “My Fair Lady” as Eliza Doolittle, “Les Misérables,” “Dracula,” and Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” and has had featured roles recently on acclaimed TV shows like Showtime’s “Billions.” Tickets are $50-$75. 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck. For tickets, go to emelin.org
KJ Denhert Home for the Holidays, Dec. 16
Denhert brings all of the musicians from the NY Unit and the Jazz Project to the Falcon Live in Marlboro to honor its owner, the late Tony Falco, with the songs and stories from the repertoire of her lifetime. New covers from icons like Bob Dylan Paul Simon Joni Mitchell and The Beatles will paired with the latest from the NY Unit and the Jazz Project playing together. 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro. www.liveatthefalcon.com
Jessica Lynn’s a Very Merry Country Christmas, Dec. 18
Enjoy a Broadway-style holiday spectacular in Peekskill with Jessica Lynn performing over a dozen holiday classics such as “Jingle Bell Rock, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Let It Snow” and more. Details: Tickets are $25 to $35 and can be purchased at jessicalynnmusic.org/shows. The Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill. 914-739-0039.
Handel’s 'Messiah,' Dec. 18
The Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie presents the Hudson Valley Philharmonic’s 61st anniversary season at 2 p.m. with a special holiday concert performance of "Messiah" with guest conductor Christine Howlett. Guest vocalists from Cappella Festiva will join the HVP to perform George Frideric Handel’s most popular choral work, for a total of 100 instrumentalists and singers on the Bardavon stage. A pre-concert talk with Maestro Howlett will take place one hour before the concert for all ticket-holders. Tickets begin at $26. The Bardavon and UPAC box offices are open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or call 845-473-5288. To purchase tickets online 24 hours a day go to www.ticketmaster.com (fees will apply).
Cherish The Ladies, A Celtic Christmas, Dec. 18
Cherish the Ladies returns to The Tarrytown Music Hall to celebrate the holiday season. The Grammy Award nominated Irish-American supergroup formed in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Celtic music scene. Celebrating their 35th anniversary, Cherish The Ladies has shared timeless Irish traditions and good cheer with audiences worldwide. Tickets are $38-$48. 13 Main St., Tarrytown, tarrytownmusichall.org
A Very Slambovian Christmas, Dec. 18
Together since the late ’90s, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams began in Sleepy Hollow, as an art school project. Known for their electrifying live performances the band has toured nationally and abroad, playing a moody but upbeat alt-roots rock with an extensive instrumental arsenal (accordion, cello, mandolin, theremin). Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Towne Crier, 379 Main St., Beacon. Tickets are $20, townecrier.com
HVSO Holiday Concert, Dec. 19
The Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra will hold its 10th annual Christmas Concert, from 3-4 p.m. at the Freedom Plains United Presbyterian Church, 1168 State Route 55, Lagrangeville. Updates will be on the HVSO's Facebook Page. $5 per person suggested donation that is used to fund Scholarships and for Donations. Members of the HVSO play for free.
The Klezmatics, Dec. 19
The Klezmatics are world-renowned and Grammy-winning superstars of the klezmer world. They erupted out of New York City's East Village in 1986 and revitalized klezmer for the new century with music that is steeped in Easter European Jewish tradition and spirituality, while incorporating contemporary themes such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism with eclectic musical influences including Arab, African, Latin, and Balkan rhythms, jazz, and punk. 8 p.m Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts, Bethel. For tickets, go to bethelwoodscenter.org/events/the-klezmatics
Handel's 'Messiah,' Dec. 14-18
New York Philharmonic's Handel’s "Messiah" is performed at the Riverside Church. Grammy Award-winning Baroque specialist Jeannette Sorrell conducts the Philharmonic on this holiday piece including dazzling vocal solos, instrumentals and coral writing, in the neo-Gothic Riverside Church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For tickets and more info, go to nyphil.org.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Home for the Holidays, Dec. 23
The performance will feature holiday favorites and classics from the Big Band Songbook. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown, tarrytownmusichall.org
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Dec.18, 22
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is touring in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the band's triple-platinum-selling 1996 debut album, "Christmas Eve and Other Stories." The album is well-known to TSO fans, as the band toured it for a dozen holiday seasons starting in 1999, brought it back to the road in 2019, and presented it as a streaming concert event in 2020. Shows at 3 and 8 p.m. Belmont Park, Elmont, New York; The Prudential Center, Newark. Go to trans-siberian.com/tour for tickets.
Alex Biese of the Asbury Park Press contributed to this report.
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