Melissa Errico, Jessica Lynn, Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Here’s a sure sign that the live concert industry is back to business as usual: The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the beloved seasonal arena rock ensemble, is returning to the road, with stops at Belmont Park and at the Prudential Center this month.
“Obviously it’s not exactly like it used to be,” said drummer Jeff Plate. “We always have COVID over our heads and we have to be really careful and smart about it all, but everyone is so excited to get back to work and do what we’re doing.”
Many other holiday favorites are also returning for live performances, from Handel’s Messiah as performed by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic to Cherish the Ladies and Broadway star Melissa Errico. Here are some performances to consider:
Polyphony, December 11
The New York Polyphony a cappella vocal quartet brings their mixed voices to Caramoor’s Music Room for two concerts at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on December 11, performing Sing Thee Nowell, a sacred Christmas music program spanning seven centuries. Maison Rosen, which is decorated for the holidays, will be open for viewing one hour before each performance. 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, caramoor.org
BEST Christmas ever! December 10
At Falcon Live in Marlboro, the performance, hosted by The Best Bros. & Corey Dandridge, will offer a party celebration of reggae, gospel, jazz and more. 7 p.m. 1348 road. 9W, Marlboro. For reservations go to liveatthefalcon.com
Afternoon stars, December 12
The Morning Music Club will present “Stars in the Afternoon”, an afternoon holiday concert, culminating in a chant of the chorus “Hallelujah” from Handel’s “Messiah”. 2:00 pm Nyaks First Reformed Church, 18 S. Broadway, Nyack. Suggested donation of $ 10. Morningmusicofrockland.org
The “Italian Christmas on Broadway”, December 13
“The Italian Christmas Show on Broadway!” Anthony Nunziata is at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. The Carnegie Hall tenor and star songwriter will perform Broadway hits, Italian standards and an array of classic and original holiday songs. Actress Regina DeCicco joins Anthony. 7:30 p.m. White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, 3rd Floor. White plains. For tickets and more information go to WPPAC.com
Melissa Errico, December 17
Bronxville resident and Tony Award-nominated Broadway star Melissa Errico will perform a holiday concert, A Broadway Celebration, at the Emelin Theater in Mamaroneck at 8 p.m. She will be accompanied by Billy Stritch on the piano. Errico has appeared in Broadway shows like “My Fair Lady” as Eliza Doolittle, “Les Miserables”, “Dracula” and “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin and has recently played roles in television shows. acclaimed as Showtime’s “Trillions”. Tickets are $ 50 to $ 75. 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck. For tickets, go to emelin.org
KJ Denhert Holiday Home, December 16
Denhert brings all the musicians from the NY Unit and the Jazz Project to Falcon Live in Marlboro to honor its owner, the late Tony Falco, with songs and stories from his life’s repertoire. New covers of icons like Bob Dylan Paul Simon Joni Mitchell and The Beatles will be associated with the latest novelties from the NY Unit and the Jazz Project playing together. 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro. www.liveatthefalcon.com
Jessica Lynn has a very merry Christmas in the countryside, December 18th
Enjoy a Broadway-style holiday show at Peekskill with Jessica Lynn performing over a dozen holiday classics such as “Jingle Bell Rock”, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year”, “Let It Snow “and more. Details: Tickets are $ 25 to $ 35 and can be purchased at jessicalynnmusic.org/shows. Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill. 914-739-0039.
Handel’s “Messiah”, December 18
The Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie presents the 61st Anniversary Season of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic at 2 pm with a special “Messiah” holiday concert with guest conductor Christine Howlett. Guest singers 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 chat with Maestro Howlett will take place one hour before the concert for all ticket holders. Tickets start at $ 26. Bardavon and UPAC ticket offices are open Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call 845 473-5288. To purchase tickets online 24 hours a day, visit www.ticketmaster.com (fees will apply).
Cherish The Ladies, A Celtic Christmas, December 18
Cherish the Ladies returns to Tarrytown Music Hall to celebrate the holiday season. The Grammy-nominated Irish-American supergroup was formed in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had once been a male-dominated Celtic music scene. Celebrating her 35th birthday, Cherish The Ladies shared timeless Irish traditions and good humor with audiences around the world. Tickets are $ 38 to $ 48. 13 Main Street, Tarrytown, tarrytownmusichall.org
A very Slovenian Christmas, December 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 group has toured nationally and internationally, playing moody but upbeat alt-roots rock with a vast instrumental arsenal (accordion, cello, mandolin, theremin). Tickets are $ 35 in advance, $ 40 at the door. Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon. Tickets are $ 20, townecrier.com
HVSO Holiday Concert, December 19
The Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra will hold its 10th annual Christmas concert, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Freedom Plains United Presbyterian Church, 1168 State Route 55, Lagrangeville. Updates will be on the HVSO Facebook page. Suggested donation of $ 5 per person which is used to fund scholarships and for donations. HVSO members play for free.
Les Klezmatics, December 19
The Klezmatics are world famous superstars and Grammy winners of the klezmer world. They burst into New York’s East Village in 1986 and revitalized klezmer for the new century with music steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, while also incorporating contemporary themes such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism with eclectic musical influences, notably Arabic, 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”, December 14-18
Handel’s “Messiah” of the New York Philharmonic is performed at Riverside Church. Grammy Award-winning baroque scholar Jeannette Sorrell conducts the Philharmonic Orchestra on this holiday piece featuring dazzling vocal solos, instrumentals and coral writing, in the registry-listed Neo-Gothic Riverside Church National Historic Places. For tickets and more information go to nyphil.org.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Home for the Holidays, December 23
The performance will feature holiday favorites and classics from the Big Band Songbook. The current Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring ever since, performing an average of 300 concerts a year around the world. Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main Street, Tarrytown, tarrytownmusichall.org
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, December 18, 22
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is on tour to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the group’s debut album, triple platinum, “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 on the road in 2019, and featured it as a concert event in. streaming in 2020. Shows at 3pm and 8pm. Belmont Park, Elmont, New York; The Prudential Center, Newark. Go to trans-siberian.com / tour for tickets.
Alex Biese of Asbury Park Press contributed to this report.
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