When the holiday season hits New York City, most people tend to associate it with perennial events such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade or the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. Another thing that makes spending a holiday in New York even more special is the large number of holiday musical performances in just about every style of music imaginable. Below is a compiled list of some of the best performances that happened during the 2017-2018 holiday season.
Pop music fans were glad to see Mariah Carey come to the Beacon Theater for the third year in a row from November 27 to December 5 where she performed a Christmas-themed concert than includes one of her signature hits, “All I Want for Christmas is You.”
On December 9, the legendary Apollo theater, which is known for its weekly amateur hour, threw a family-friendly party for the “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow,” all of whom are under 18. Meanwhile, December 10 held a classical music aficionados thrilled to the sound of Sergei Prokofiev’s immortal Peter and the Wolf as performed by the Ensemble Signal under conductor Brad Lubman. Isaac Mizrahi narrated the timeless story while the choreography of John Heigenbotham made it an evening to remember.
Rock fans danced to the sounds of Yo La Tengo and their Hanukkah residency at the Bowery Ballroom on the Lower East Side which played through December 19. The legendary R&B singer Darlene Love performed a Christmas concert at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill from December 21 to 23. Other acts that performed in New York City this holiday season include LCD Soundsystem, Landlady, Dave Harrington, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mark Kozelek & Kevin Corrigan.
For those who fear they’ve missed the show, no worries here. Some performances are ongoing through January.
Jazz lovers can go to the Blue Note to enjoy the 12th annual holiday residency of world famous jazz-funk trumpet player Chris Botti, which is ongoing until January 7, 2018.
Another legendary theater, Radio City Music Hall, is still holding its annual Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes. While the theater and the Christmas show full of singing, dancing, and elaborate sets and costumes have been around for decades, this year’s show offers immersive state-of-the-art technological upgrades beyond anything before, including an 8K LED wall and digital projections that cover all eight proscenium arches. The show started November 10 and runs until January 8.