Top Five Holiday Sing-Alongs

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

There’s probably no better display of the holiday spirit than singing it at the top of the lungs. A number of upcoming concerts promise the opportunity to break into song as loudly and festively as possible. Here are the Top 5 at 105 holiday sing-alongs:

1. There are over a dozen Messiah's performed in New York each holiday season but one provides the ultimate sing-a-long experience. The National Chorale brings together 3,000 people every year at Avery Fisher Hall to sing Handel’s Messiah. Four rising opera singers will take on the solos, and a coterie of 18 conductors will lead the other 2,996. For another populist Messiah, the West Village Chorale offers a more affordable option (that ensemble also sponsors a Greenwich Village Caroling Walk on Dec. 17).

2. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda at the Guggenheim Museum provides a perfect acoustic for the joint Vox Vocal and Graham Ashton Brass ensembles annual free holiday concert. New York City Opera’s general manager, George Steel, leads the program, ranging from the medieval to modern with a few classic carols thrown into the mix.

3. Students from Mannes College at The New School will present traditional and popular carols at the Morgan Library on Dec. 10 and 17 free with admission. Those who want a double dose of holiday cheer on the 17th can stay for a performance of A Chamber Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ classic tale set to music.

4. It’s hard to beat St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Christmas Concert in terms of manpower and perhaps decibel level. Four choirs, an orchestra, harpist and organist will first perform Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and traditional songs from around the world, before opening up to the sing-along portion.

5. The scrappy Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, which often features emerging conservatory talent, pairs Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (with soloist David Chan, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s concertmaster) and Gloria with a helping of favorite holiday carols after intermission at All Saints Church.

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Kenneth Bennett Lane

CHRISTMAS CAROLS are in a sense enjoyable for their melodies, their sense of hope for the future, their warmth of expression, their "sympatico" "gemuetlichkeit" aura, and their familiarity, good if well-performed and scorned if poorly performed or too often performed. Nowadays, there's music and entertainment everywhere, available in so many formats and venues that one is not starved for lack of options. Records, audio and video, complement the options, often in far better performance standards than current live performers and productions. Live performance is often more memorable and interactive, certainly more than "canned" performances.

Dec. 09 2010 04:38 PM

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