1380x591_Leonard_BarberInteresting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. This week’s cheat sheet includes our top holiday picks in New York City. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Monday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

    The Barber of Seville

    Metropolitan Opera House

    Manhattan

    Wed, Dec 16, 2015 - Sat, Jan 02, 2016

    High spirits return for the holidays in the Met’s family-friendly, English-language, two-hour adaptation of one of opera’s most winning comedies. Bartlett Sher’s effervescent production of Rossini’s tuneful masterpiece stars the charming mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, revisiting her portrayal of Rosina, the girl who behaves perfectly—until anyone gets in her way. Antony Walker conducts.

    A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES

    DR2 Theatre

    Manhattan

    Tue, Nov 24, 2015 - Sun, Jan 03, 2016

    The iconic A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES features both traditional and contemporary holiday music. A snowy Christmas Day in Wales is seen through the eyes of a child . . . ghost stories are whispered, cakes are gobbled up, and wild Indians roam the city park . . . while uncles, stuffed with pudding, snort and groan on the couch on a lazy holiday afternoon.

    Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection

    New-York Historical Society

    Manhattan

    Fri, Oct 30, 2015 - Sun, Feb 28, 2016

    The New-York Historical Society will be transformed this holiday season with the installation of a spectacular exhibit of treasures from the renowned Jerni Collection, now owned by the New-York Historical Society, of model trains, scenic elements and toys. The dynamic display will appeal to all age groups, showcasing the beauty and allure of toys from a bygone era.

    Anonymous 4: The Final Concert

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Manhattan

    Tue, Dec 22, 2015, 6:30 pm

    After nearly 30 years of international touring and recording, Anonymous 4 has chosen the Metropolitan Museum as the location for its final performance, ever. Don’t miss this last chance to hear the bewitching, all-female a cappella ensemble sing its signature mix of ancient, traditional, and modern music in the Medieval Sculpture Hall, in front of the Met’s glorious Christmas tree.

    A Concert For The New Year

    St. Bart’s

    Manhattan

    Thu, Dec 31, 2015, 11:00 pm

    In an annual St. Bart’s tradition, William Trafka, Director of Music and Organist, performs a free organ concert to ring in the New Year. He will play Debussy’s Première Arabesque and Elgar’s Imperial March along with works by Bach and Widor on St. Bartholomew’s grand Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, one of New York’s greatest musical treasures.

Mozart’s Arrangement of Handel’s Messiah

881 Seventh Avenue

New York N.Y. 10019

2122477800

An NYC holiday tradition since 1874, the Oratorio Society of New York's annual performance of Handel's masterwork, Messiah, is not to be missed.

A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES

103 East 15 Street

new york N.Y. 10003

The iconic A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES features both traditional and contemporary holiday music. A snowy Christmas Day in Wales is seen through the eyes of a child . . . ghost stories are whispered, cakes are gobbled up, and wild Indians roam the city park . . . ...

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection

170 Central Park West

new york N.Y. 10024

2128733400

The New-York Historical Society will be transformed this holiday season with the installation of a spectacular exhibit of treasures from the renowned Jerni Collection, now owned by the New-York Historical Society, of model trains, scenic elements and toys. The dynamic display will appeal to all age groups, showcasing the beauty ...

Anonymous 4: The Final Concert

1000 Fifth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10028

2125357710

After nearly 30 years of international touring and recording, Anonymous 4 has chosen the Metropolitan Museum as the location for its final performance, ever. Don’t miss this last chance to hear the bewitching, all-female a cappella ensemble sing its signature mix of ancient, traditional, and modern music in the Medieval ...

A Concert For The New Year

325 Park Avenue

new york N.Y. 10022

212-378-0222

In an annual St. Bart’s tradition, William Trafka, Director of Music and Organist, performs a free organ concert to ring in the New Year. He will play Debussy’s Première Arabesque and Elgar’s Imperial March along with works by Bach and Widor on St. Bartholomew’s grand Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, one ...

P.D.Q. Bach: The Golden Anniversary

123 West 43rd Street

New York N.Y. 10036

2128402824

For the first time in 10 years there will be a P.D.Q. Bach concert in New York in the week between Christmas and New Year’s.