Tuning in for the holidays

| 07 Dec 2016 | 05:52

THE SNOWMANDavid Hayes, artistic director, will lead The Mannes Orchestra in an orchestral accompaniment of “The Snowman,” a charming animated film of a little boy who builds a snowman that comes to life, and the two travel to the North Pole and meet Santa Claus. Performances at The Met Fifth Avenue are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday Dec. 17. Tickets are $40 to $55 and include admission to the museum. www.metmuseum.org/events/

HOLIDAY LIGHT The Western Wind Vocal Sextet will celebrate the Hanukkah and Christmas holidays on Dec. 17 in an evening of songs spanning the Middle Ages to today, including folks songs and spirituals. The sextet along with guest performers will perform new arrangements of seasonal classics such as “The Cherry Tree Carol” and charming Hanukkah songs such as “Flory Jagoda’s Ocho Kandelikas.”

8 p.m. Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st St. $20-$35 www.westernwind.org/store.html?tix. 212-873-2848

THE DESSOFF CHOIRS A celebration of the holidays featuring seasonal repertoire and contemporary arrangements of carols, including Handel’s “Messiah,” Bach’s “Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden,” and Robert Parsons’s “Ave Maria.”

The Welcome Yule concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th Street), invites the community to come together and celebrate the holidays as Dessoff welcomes audience members of all ages to join in the singing of carols and enjoy the music of Bach, Tavener, Lauridsen and Howells.

The Messiah Sing, at 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 at James Memorial Chapel, Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway (at 121st Street), is a beloved seasonal event and the start of a new tradition for Dessoff. All singers and non-singers alike are invited to join with the choir on the work’s many choruses while Dessoff singers will have the opportunity to perform the solo arias.

Welcome Yule tickets $25-35. Seniors/students $15. Messiah Sing: $15. Seniors/students $10.


GREENWICH VILLAGE CAROLING WALKContinuing a tradition begun 1974, The West Village Chorale hosts the Greenwich Village Caroling Walk at noon on Saturday, Dec. 17. Participants gather in the meeting room of Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, then stroll through the historic, Dickens-like Village neighborhoods singing seasonal carols and songs. Songbooks will be provided as will refreshments, conviviality and yet more singing follow back at Judson. Free for the whole family (donations accepted).


UNSILENT NIGHTComposer Phil Kline will lead a chorus of boomboxes on a saunter from the Washington Square Arch to Tompkins Square Park that begins about 6 p.m., Sunday Dec. 18 in the 25th annual presentation of this luminous soundscape, which will be performed in cities around the globe.

Kline will hand out a limited number of vintage boomboxes from his collection and cassettes and CD’s to those who bring their own. Go to unsilentnight.com/participate.html to download the tracks

Participants, onlookers and listeners meet at the arch at 5:45 p.m.

CANDLELIGHT CAROL SERVICEThe nondenominational Chelsea Community Church’s 42nd Annual Candlelight Carol Service, comprising Scripture lessons, a choir and congregational singing, will take place on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. at its host church, the historic St. Peter’s Chelsea. The choir, under the direction of Larry J. Long, will present choral music from the ancient plainsong chant “Hodie Christus natus est” (“Today, Christ is born”) to John Rutter’s contemporary “Shepherd’s Pipe Carol.” Broadway singer/actor Arbender Robinson will read Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”

346 West 20th St., between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. The event is free, though offerings will be accepted.

HANDEL’S ‘MESSIAH’ An audience-chorus of nearly 3,000 voices under the batons of 17 eminent conductors will join with the National Chorale, under the artistic direction of Everett McCorvey, to perform its 49th presentation of Handel’s Messiah Sing-In at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20., at the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza. The performance features countertenor Eric Brenner, tenor Roderick George, bass Kevin Maynor and soprano Jessica Sandidge.

Tickets are $30-$100 and available at www.nationalchorale.com or by calling 212-333-5333.


The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene presents a concert of rediscovered and restored pre- and post-World War II music from the theatrical works of the great composers of the Golden Age of Yiddish Theater, among them Ellstein, Goldfaden, Olshanetsky, Rumshinsky and Secunda.

2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Edmond J. Safra Hall at Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place

$30, $20 for members of Museum of Jewish Heritage or National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. 212-213-2120 ext. 230; group sales ext. 204; www.nytf.org