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Top Five Christmas Day Musical Events

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Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean the music has to stop. Options may be a little more limited than usual, but there are still musical events playing on stage, on television or online. Here are our top five ways to get your music fix on Dec. 25.

1. The Standard

Recorded to celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary, the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker takes a modern spin on the classic Tchaikovsky holiday favorite. New York PBS affiliate Thirteen will broadcast this 2007 production on Christmas morning (11 a.m. ET) as a post-present, pre-dinner treat.

2. The Spirited

Early Music New York, praised in The New York Times for its “buoyant pulse, crisp diction and a polished sound,” performs a 2 pm concert of traditional American music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine called, “Christmas Quilt: Colonial Fuguing Tunes, Jigs & Reels.”

3. The Un-Christmas

The Sixth Street Community Synagogue and John Zorn’s Tzadik Records have collaborated to showcase the East Village Jewish Music Festival. Five ensembles incorporating elements of Jewish music are on the slate, from Hasidic New Wave to the “NuJu/Rad Jew/SunRaJoo” tradition. The evening promises “rare chutzpah.”

4. The Hep

The most active venues in the city on Christmas Day seem to be the jazz clubs and cabaret rooms. Four musicians who played alongside Miles Davis will be at the Irridium Jazz Club, Andrea Marcovicci warms up the Algonquin’s Oak Room with a collection of torch songs and Michael Feinstein “Swings in the Holidays” at his eponymous club inside Loews Regency. 

5. The Irreverent

In the battle for Britain’s No. 1 Christmas single, a group calling itself Cage Against the Machine has put up a recording of John Cage’s silent classic 4’33” against the reality show winner, Matt Cardle, and his single “When We Collide.” Though Cardle has claimed control of the No. 1 slot, listeners, or rather silence seekers, can download the 4’33” cover in time for Christmas.