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Concerts in New York - December 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Concerts in New York for the month of December 2017

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: Closes 14th December 2017

A disciple of Luciano Pavarotti and Zucchero Fornaciari, the blind, Tuscany-born vocalist has emerged as one of the most exciting voices in contemporary opera. More info

: Closes 20th December 2017

The New York native will be belting out his old favorites with the help of his revolving piano, in an on-going series of monthly concerts at this world-famous venue. He has sold more than 100 million records over a career spanning more than 40 years, and reigns as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. More info

: Closes 2nd December 2017

The New York Philharmonic show their extensive range with this program covering Brahms, Mozart and a world premiere from eminent Danish composer Bent Sorenson, as commissioned by the company. More info

: 30th December

New York Philharmonic lend their esteemed talents to Musorgsky's famed gallery jaunt, Pictureat at an Exhibition, his 1874 piano suite based on the paintings of his friend Victor Hartmann. From the quiet of a ballet lesson, a trek through the Paris catacombs to the glory of Kiev's monumental arch celebrating Tsar Alexander II, it's a mixed bag of emotion and poetry that'll delight and thrill in equal measures. More info

: 2nd December

For many, Jay-Z has been and always will be one of rap's all timers, but there's no denying in recent years he's ceded to the spotlight to the likes of Kendrick. In 2017, that all changes, because new album 4:44 shows he can still bring it. More info

: 10th December

Emmy and Tony Award winner and Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee, Kristin Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, television and film with captivating grace and a twinkle in her eye. She received rave reviews while starring in the ABC series Pushing Daisies and Glee, but is most well-known for originating the role of Glinda in the hit Broadway musical Wicked, as the vain and sparkly foil to Idina Menzel's Elphaba. More info

: 20th December

As one of the biggest voices of the 60s, Darlene Love lent her pipes to everyone from Dionne Warwick to The Beach Boys and featured on some of the decades most unforgettable songs. Even when she wasn't credited (here's looking at you, Phil Spector) her unmistakable vocal was able to get people to stop and pay attention. More info

: Closes 19th March 2018

From amazing child prodigy to breathtaking virtuoso, Joshua Bell has performed with every major orchestra worldwide. He came to national attention at the age of 14 in a highly acclaimed orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. A Carnegie Hall debut, the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a recording contract further confirmed his presence in the music world. More info

: 15th December

Seattle-based electronic music pair Odesza was formed in 2012 whilst members Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight were about to graduate from Western Washington University. Their debut album, Summer's Gone, was released in the same year to celebrated acclaim in the underground electronic music scene. 2017 sees the duo touring their as yet untitled third album! More info

: Closes 17th December 2017

Sing from the rooftops of David Geffen Hall this holiday season with this annual tradition! Featuring a cast of top operatic singers including soprano Christina Landshamer, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Matthew Polenzani and bass John Relyea. They will be joined by the Concert Chorale of New York, and all conducted by leading maestro and outgoing musical director of New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert. A beloved annual tradition at the Hall, this festival Philharmonic concert is a stunning way to conclude your year! More info

: Closes 21st March 2018

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is considered one of the world's foremost interpreters of American standards, especially for Irving Berlin's work. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace in London. He is currently serving as artistic director in Indiana at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. More info

: 16th December

It's time to jingle those bells and turn your air guitar all the way up to eleven, because the Wizard of Winter are coming! Creating a monumental sound that's equal parts classical music and progressive rock, the Wizards produce a huge scale Xmas spectacular much in the tradition of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. More info

: 17th December

"Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people!" Join us for the good tidings of the beloved classic, Handel's Messiah, performed live by an orchestra and choir at this unforgettable Holiday performance. More info

: 31st December

Bramwell Tovey leads the New York Phil in a special concert packed to the brim with Bernstein! This New Year's Eve concert will focus on the composer's contribution to the Great White Way, so expect numbers from On the Town, West Side Story and Wonderful Town. More info

: Closes 28th December 2017

The Grateful Dead have been resurrected in the form of Dark Star Orchestra. Formed in 1997, this tribute band came up with the novel idea of recreating complete sets from The Grateful Dead's gigantic list of concerts. They adapt their playing and sound depending on what era of Dead they're tackling on the night, and while they slavishly recreate the sound of the band down to the minutest detail, the band often embark on epic improvisations that would make their heroes proud. More info

: 3rd December

An annual musical celebration of the holiday season, Colors of Christmas gathers together a stocking's worth of top draw R&B talent to perform Yuletide standards, old and new. This performance at the NYCB Theate features two-time Grammy winner Peabo Bryson, the balladeer best known for the single versions of Disney classic 'A Whole New World' from Aladdin and the title track from 'Beauty and the Beast'. More info

BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS

Blood Sweat and Tears have been together, in one form or another, since 1967. Melding together rock n' roll, jazz and soul, they first rose to prominence within New York's counter-culture movement, and achieved enough status to headline the famous Woodstock Festival of 1969. Their current incarnation is fronted by Bo Bice, who was runner up Carrie Underwood in American idol Season Four.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Dec 2017:

Paramount Center For The Arts

Dec 08, 2017

B.B. King Blues Club

Dec 17, 2017

: 17th December

The biggest name in contemporary Christian music has gathered three great artists together for this seasonal tour. Encompassing carols, classic Holiday pop tracks and songs of worship, The K-Love Christmas Tour should more than meet all your holiday needs! Topping the bill this year is singer-songwriter Stephen Curtis Chapman. More info

: 11th December

Songstress of the moment Solana Imani Rowe AKA SZA is riding high off the release of her debut album CTRL, a critically lauded offering that's placed her firmly at the forefront of alt-R&B, favoring experimental subtlety and songcraft over garish, obvious beats and mega hooks. Don't miss this rising star as she heads out on the mammoth CTRL tour, a precursor to forthcoming world domination. More info

: 22nd December

First there was Ol' Blue Eyes and Mr Dean Martin and now there's America's Got Talent Season 11 finalist Sal Valentinetti, a crooner not content with the auto-tune gimmickry of current pop music trends. Harkening back to an era of class and sophistication, the sharp-suited Valentinetti conjures the glamour of old Hollywood with a smooth, dulcet-toned voice and a charismatic sense of showmanship. More info

: 5th December

Christian rockers Needtobreathe head out on tour once again, this time in support of their brand new (and sixth!) studio album, Hard Love. More info

: 31st December

It's Soultime! Southside Johnny, aka the grandfather of the New Jersey sound, is hitting the road with his ragtag group the Asbury Dukes, bringing the brass-heavy soul of the Jersy Shore along with them. The band has been grooving together in various forms since 1976 and are often mentioned in the same breath as Bruce Springsteen, who's performed with them on several occasions. More info

: 17th December

Get into the holiday swing of things with the New York Philharmonic's Brass and Percussion sections! Together they'll welcome back former principal trumpet virtuoso Philip Smith to host and perform a delightfully festive two hour programme that'll leave you humming Christmas carols well into the new year. More info

: 29th December

Perfect for gamer fans of all ages, this highly successful concert series marries together popular computer games with classical music in an audio-visual experience that will blow your mind! Whether its the recent Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed, or Mario Brothers and Pacman of old, there is something for everyone to enjoy! So dig out your geekiest gaming t-shirt, cosplay it up as one of your favorite characters, or come as you are for this once in a lifetime experience! More info

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