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The Sau-Wing Lam Collection In Action: Salome Chamber Orchestra

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Manhattan Sat, Dec 22, 2012, 7:00 pm

In four concerts throughout the 2012–13 season, New York's dynamic young Salomé Chamber Orchestra will present programs featuring members and guest artists performing on instruments from the Sau-Wing Lam Collection of Violins.

Ballet for Young Audiences: The Nutcracker

Flushing Town Hall

Queens Sat, Dec 22, 2012, 1:00 pm

Tchaikovsky’s classic music comes to life and introduces children to the story of Clara’s Nutcracker. Visit the Enchanted Forest with its magical dancing snowflakes, and the wondrously beautiful Sugarplum Fairy in the Kingdom of the Sweets.

The Snow Maiden: A Russian Fairytale

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Whitman Theater

Brooklyn Sat, Dec 22, 2012, 6:00 pm

Enjoy this magical Christmas tale in which a worthy young girl is transformed by Grandfather Frost (the Russian Santa Claus) into the beautiful Snow Maiden. Traditional Russian songs, dances and elaborate costumes create a winter wonderland in this delightful children's extravaganza.

Junior Engineer: How Things Go

New York Transit Museum

Brooklyn Sat, Dec 22, 2012, 1:30 pm

Visit the New York Transit Museum's Education Center’s “testing laboratory” to experiment with fanciful balloon-powered cars and much more!

CONTACT! The New York Philharmonic New Music Series at Symphony Space

Peter Norton Space

Manhattan Sat, Dec 22, 2012, 8:00 pm

The fourth season of CONTACT!, the Philharmonic’s new-music series, launches with a program of works exclusively by New York–based composers. American conductor-composer Jayce Ogren will make his Philharmonic debut leading the world premieres of two Philharmonic commissions.

The Barber of Seville – Holiday Presentation

Metropolitan Opera

Manhattan Tue, Dec 18, 2012, 7:30 pm

Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher’s production of "The Barber of Seville" is a rollicking comedy classic the entire family can enjoy. This holiday entertainment is razor-sharp, stylishly-sung (in English) and only two hours long.

American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe

Whitney Museum of American Art

Manhattan Ongoing

"American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe" showcases the Whitney’s deep holdings of artwork from the first half of the 20th century by the 18 leading artists. Organized as one- and two-artist presentations, this exhibition provides a survey of each artist’s work across a range of mediums.

New York String Orchestra

Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall

Manhattan Mon, Dec 24, 2012, 7:00 pm

This group of young musicians has been lighting up the holidays with its annual Christmas Eve concert for more than 40 years.

Klez for Kids

Museum at Eldridge Street

Manhattan Tue, Dec 25, 2012, 1:00 pm

Sing, dance and learn Yiddish at this annual family concert. Clarinetist Greg Wall and his band Klezmerfest lead the audience on a musical tour of Eastern European Jewish culture ending with a festive audience-enacted shtetl wedding.

The Macaroons

The Jewish Museum

Manhattan Tue, Dec 25, 2012, 11:30 am

Enjoy the big harmonies, irresistible melodies and guitar-based sound that recalls everything from the Kinks, to Queen, to the Shins. The Macaroons deliver catchy pop-rock with tunes like "Hurry Up and Light the Candle" and "Mezuzah."

Special Weekday Programs During December Vacation

New York Transit Museum

Brooklyn Wed, Dec 26, 2012, 11:00 am

When school is out, learn and make merry at the Transit Museum!

The Seventh Principle: Kwanzaa

Children's Museum of Manhattan

Manhattan Wed, Dec 26, 2012, 3:00 pm

Join The Seventh Principle’s Kwanzaa program for a dynamic presentation of traditional African and modern dance.