By Lisa Fogarty
From now until the first week of January, there
will be no way to avoid it. Whether you turn on
the radio, take a trip to the shopping mall, or
just stare out your window at your neighbor, who
at some point will no doubt be struggling to secure
garland around his second-story window, holiday
spirit will prove infectious. Christmas concerts
are the perfect way to ready yourself for the
joys of Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa before
the real mania begins – and Queens offers
a cornucopia of holiday musical performances that
will satisfy everyone – even the lovable
Grinches and Scrooges in your family.
Queens Theatre in the Park
– For tickets call (718) 760-0064 or visit
“Babes in Toyland”
Saturday, Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Victor Herbert’s music provides a captivating
soundtrack for this classic tale about the villainous
Barnaby, Mistress Mary Quite Contrary and Toyland,
a magical place where Mother Goose’s mischievous
characters come to life. This is a great chance
to introduce your little ones to a story that
has been a holiday favorite for many decades.
Monday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Tuesday,
Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
It’s Christmas Eve at the Stahlbaum house
and young Clara’s beloved nutcracker is
leading a legion of toy soldiers into battle
with a team of mice. New York City’s Ballet
for Young Audiences brings this beautifully
choreographed tribute to the 19th Century fairy-tale
ballet to Queens.
Flushing Town Hall –
For tickets call (718) 463-770 Ext. 222 or visit
Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 28
at 2 p.m.
Tchaikovsky’s holiday music comes to life
as Ballet for Young Audiences introduces children
to the story of Clara’s Nutcracker.
“Catch the Kwanzaa Beat”
Saturday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m.
Members of the Harambee Dance Company will entertain
families with vibrant rhythmic music that epitomizes
the cultures of Africa.
“Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah!”
Sunday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m.
Louie Miranda, a bilingual singer, songwriter,
and family entertainer, will perform original
and traditional Jewish holiday songs at this
Queens College Choral Society, Chorus,
Choir and Orchestra – For more
information call (718) 997-3818
Saturday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m.
Under the direction of James John and Guest
Conductor Maurice Peress, the ensemble performs
classic cold-weather favorites by Bach and Beethoven.
Queensborough Performing Arts Center
– For tickets call (718) 631-6311 (on
weekends call (212) 352-3101 or visit qcc.cuny.edu
Astoria Symphony “Winterscapes”
Friday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.
Silas Nathaniel Huff conducts this delightful
hodgepodge of holiday music, featuring performances
of Tchaikovsky’s the “Nutcracker
Suite” and “Violin Concerto,”
Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,”
and the world premiere of Gadi Kaplan Sounds
of Hanukkah. A traditional “Hallelujah
Sing-Along” closes the concert.
“Oratorio Society of Queens Annual Holiday
Sunday, Dec. 21 at 4 p.m.
The oldest performing arts institution in Queens
takes Queensborough College by storm with sing-along
Christmas carols and Hanukkah classics, performed
by the chorus, soloists and The Orchestral Arts
Ensemble of Queens under the direction of Conductor
St. John’s Lutheran Church
– 86-20 114th St. (between Myrtle and
Jamaica Avenues), Richmond Hill. For more information
call (718) 441-8118
“Sacred Music Chorale of Richmond Hill’s
Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m.
Rev. Robert Sonnenberg directs a choir with
chamber orchestra and soloists through Christmas
carols including Respighi’s “Laud
to the Nativity” and the last three movements
of Mozart’s “Vesperae Solennes de
Sacred Music Society of Our Lady Queen
of Martyrs – Our Lady Queen of
Martyrs R.C. Church, Queens Blvd. and Ascan
Ave., Forest Hills. Call (718) 268-6251
“Annual Christmas Concert”
Sunday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m.
Conductor David Close leads a choir and orchestra
through renditions of Handel’s “Messiah
(Part I)” and many Christmas carols.