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Events for December 2014
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Dec 21, 2014
Musica Pacifica - A Baroque Holiday
Dates: Sunday, December 21, 2014, 7:00PM
Auditorium: Kohl Mansion
  2750 Adeline Drive
  Burlingame, CA United States
Phone: (650) 762-1130
e-mail: info@musicatkohl.org
Web: http://musicatkohl.org

Since its founding in 1990, Musica Pacifica has become widely recognized as one of America’s premier baroque ensembles, lauded for both the dazzling virtuosity and the warm expressiveness of its performances. Described as "some of the finest baroque musicians in America" (American Record Guide) and "among the best in the world" (Alte Musik Aktuell), the ensemble is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its members perform with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and American Bach Soloists as well as with numerous other prominent early music ensembles nationally and abroad. Musica Pacifica brings its lush period sound to the splendor of Kohl Mansion for our traditional Gala Holiday Concert. This non-subscription concert benefits Kohl for Kids programs, serving 5,000+ children and youth annually.

Dec 22, 2014
7 Mini-Operas by 6 Composers
Dates: Dec. 10-22
Sponsor: New York Women Composers and the Balducci Family
Auditorium: Opera America
Contact: audreyrosspub@aol.com
  330 Seventh Avenue
  NY, NY United States
e-mail: mirajspektor@earthlink.net
Web: http://miraspektor.com

The Aviva Players will perform 7 Mini-Operas by 6 Composers. An ensemble of singers, cast and directed by the composers, and musicians, will appear in excerpts or complete, short operas on a variety of subjects: Alla Borzova's comic chamber opera "The Wedding Gift of Pirate Granny," libretto by David Johnston (excerpt); Patricia Leonard's "My Dearest Friend: The Letters of John and Abigail Adams" (excerpt); Julie Mandel's "A Pious Cat," based on a story by I.L. Peretz about an orthodox cat who would only eat kosher mouse meat; Anne Phillips' "Plot," a 10-minute opera, libretto by Robert F. Benjamin, in which a couple visits the grave of the husband's first wife; Lou Rodgers' "Manhattan Mother Goose," and two by Mira J. Spektor: "The Passion of Lizzie Borden," libretto by Ruth Whitman, and her 6 minute opera-buffo "Ladies of Romance," libretto by June Siegel. Singers are Shadia Almasri, Alla Borzova, Charles Colburn, Darcy Dunn, Wendy Brown Harmer, Brian Hunter, Karen Joliecoeur, Hillary Schranze, Anna

Dec 23, 2014
All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
Dates: Dec 20 to 24
Auditorium: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Contact: Met Museum Presents
  1000 Fifth Avenue
  New York, NY United States
Phone: 212-570-3949
e-mail: meteventtix@metmuseum.org
Web: http://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/concerts-and-perfor

Hailed by Fanfare as "the premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States," Cantus presents the heartwarming true story of a truce held during World War I on Christmas night in 1914, exactly one hundred years ago. Using actual quotes and letters from soldiers, Cantus shares one of the greatest displays of true Christmas spirit in a dramatic retelling of this special event.

Dec 27, 2014
"Winter Light"
Dates: Dec 27 to 28, 2014
Auditorium: La MaMa E.T.C. (Ellen Stewart Theater)
Contact: La MaMa E.T.C. (Ellen Stewart Theater)
  66 East 4th Street
  New York City, NY United States
Phone: 646-430-5374
e-mail: js@jsnyc.com
Web: http://www.lamama.org

In "Winter Light" Yara Arts Group will perform a World Music Theater piece that includes the Koliadnyky, an ensemble of winter song singers from Kryvorivnia (Ukraine); scenes from the crisis in Ukraine today, and an 18th century Baroque Nativity folk opera staged by Yara artists. La MaMa E.T.C. will present the piece December 27-28 in its Ellen Stewart Theater, 66 East Fourth Street (in Manhattan's East Village). The evening, created and directed by Yara's Artistic Director Virlana Tkacz, celebrates Koliada, a winter ritual that now coincides with Christmas but is much older in origin and symbolism. Its oldest songs are preserved in villages high in the Carpathian Mountains, where the Koliada is considered to be the most important event of the year. Some people believe that spring and the harvest will not come to the village unless the songs are sung in every household. The songs are incantations that assume the magical power of words: "what is said, will be so."

Walgreens National Concerto Competition
Dates: Dec 27 to 28
Sponsor: Midwest Young Artists
Auditorium: MYA Center
Contact: benrusch@mya.org
  878 Lyster Road
  Highwood, IL United States
Phone: 8479269898
e-mail: benrusch@mya.org
Web: http://www.mya.org/competition.php

Midwest Young Artists, a leading music conservatory, is pleased to announce the 19th-annual Walgreens National Concerto Competition, to be held on December 27th and 28th, 2014 at the Midwest Young Artists Center in Highwood and Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia. The competition is open to students up through 12th grade in two divisions. Prizes include the chance to perform with the critically acclaimed Symphony Orchestra and as a featured soloist on the prestigious From the Top radio program. Walgreens Corporation’s annual sponsorship enables MYA to provide students with distinguished judges, a DVD recording of their performance, written performance evaluations, and an inviting and nurturing environment in which to perform. For further information about registration, application deadlines, and competition details, please visit http://www.mya.org/competition.php. Contact MYA at (847) 926-9898 or benrusch@mya.org for more information. See past performances on the free MYA podcast site, wmya.fm.

Dec 31, 2014
The Clarion Choir sings Rachmaninoff's Vespers
Dates: Dec 31 to Jan 1
Sponsor: Trinity Church, Wall Street
Auditorium: Trinity Church, Wall Street
Contact: Barbara Mouk
  Trinity Church Wall Street, Wall Street and Broadway
  New York, NY United States
Phone: 212.580.5700
e-mail: info@clarionsociety.org
Web: http://clarionsociety.org

After sold out performances in Trinity Wall Street’s Twelfth Night Festival exactly a year ago, The Clarion Choir will be returning to salute the old year and welcome the new with performances of Sergei Rachmaninoff's transcendent All-Night Vigil on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Night. Both performances begin at 6.00pm and end at approximately 7.30pm to accommodate other evening engagements. Stepping away from the merrymaking that marks much of the holiday in New York, the Vespers brings a rare opportunity for reflection on timeless themes, with texts from the canonical hours of the Russian Orthodox Church and magnificent, soaring movements derived from ancient Kievan and Byzantine chants. Many of these chants will introduce Rachmaninoff's settings. Conducted by artistic director Steven Fox, the performances will feature soloists Virginia Warnken, alto, and Oliver Mercer, tenor, and chant soloists Esteli Gomez, Sherezade Panthaki, Sarah Brailey and Scott Dispensa.



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