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posted Dec 8, 2012, 9:22 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 20, 2013, 8:51 PM ]
Remember how the sound of live music made the Grinch's small heart grow three sizes that day?  Well, if you want a boost of holiday spirit, here's a listing of a few upcoming holiday concerts:

Today, Sunday, December 9th at 4:00pm, I'm performing in the Advent Choir Festival at St. Athanasius Church with Christ Church, Cobble Hill Choir and St. A's Adult and Children's Choirs.

If you want to join the action and sing Handel's “Hallelujah Chorus”, the 4th Mission of Old First Reformed Church, in partnership with the Brooklyn Community Chorus and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is pleased to present the inaugural Park Slope Messiah Sing-Along on Thursday, December 13th at  Congregation Beth Elohim.  This musical event brings a diverse community together in an interfaith celebration.

From now until December 16th, American Ballet Theater stages its annual classic performance of The Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene.  Tchaikovsky's music is performed by a live orchestra  with sets and costumes by the same geniuses who created The Lion King.

Of course, at 4:30pm on Sunday, December 16th is our own Festive Classical Concert celebrating Beethoven's birthday, followed by the 8th Annual Lighting of Trees and Angels.  This program will feature a rarely heard fugue Beethoven composed for organ; a short anthem he composed for choir; an Epiphany hymn based on his Romance for Violin and his famous Moonlight Sonata.  Also, cuori BELLissimi! will make their concert debut!  And for the first time, it’s all followed with popular carols performed by family and friends of Immaculate Heart of Mary outside, like a mini-street festival!

Then at 7:00pm on Saturday, December 22nd, mezzo-soprano Guadalupe Peraza and I will perform in Long Island City at St. Rita's inaugural Christmas Concert, featuring Christmas carols and their Children's Choir.