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Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include Dorrance Dance at the Joyce, JACK Frontiers, Keith Michael’s “The Nutcracker” and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYC_ARTS on Instagram or @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.






    Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker 2019

    Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker 2019

    Florence Gould Hall

    Manhattan

    Fri, Dec 13, 2019 - Sun, Dec 15, 2019

    New York Theatre Ballet kicks off its 40th Anniversary Season with performances of Keith Michael’s “The Nutcracker,” which will take place on December 13-15. With this hour-long production NYTB continues its annual tradition of enchanting New York audiences of children and adults alike. This timeless, re-imagined classic, danced to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score and set in an Art Nouveau style (circa 1907), brims with sweetness. The set is designed by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith, and costumes are designed ...

    JACK Frontiers

    JACK Frontiers

    New School–John Tishman Auditorium

    Manhattan

    Tue, Dec 17, 2019 - Wed, Dec 18, 2019

    The JACK Quartet kicks off the inaugural season of JACK Frontiers at The New School’s John L. Tishman Auditorium. Performances feature recently-commissioned works from composer-collaborators Lester St. Louis, Clara Iannotta, Tyshawn Sorey, and Catherine Lamb. JACK Frontiers is a vehicle for the JACK Quartet to bring distinctive voices, that challenge the norms of concert music, into conversation with audiences. Crafted through years of close collaborative relationships and designed to bring new perspectives into the spotlight, ...

    New York City Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Extravaganza 2019

    New York City Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Extravaganza 2019

    NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

    Manhattan

    Fri, Dec 13, 2019 - Sun, Dec 15, 2019

    The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC) is celebrating the most festive time of the year, with its annual "Holiday Extravaganza." The chorus of nearly 300 voices will perform holiday classics and unique seasonal offerings with a special twist, some of which have been part of the NYCGMC’s annual holiday concert tradition since the chorus’ founding 40 years ago. Selections include: “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),“ “Joy to the World,” “Hanukkah in Santa Monica,” “Stopping by ...

    Paul Winter’s 40th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

    Paul Winter’s 40th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

    Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

    Manhattan

    Thu, Dec 19, 2019 - Sat, Dec 21, 2019

    Seven-time Grammy® winner Paul Winter is busy planning his "40th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration" at New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine as the Paul Winter Consort also celebrates its 50th anniversary year. This year's special guest will be singer/songwriter and activist Noel Paul Stookey, best-known as a member of the famed folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary. Stookey was the producer of the Paul Winter Consort's first two albums, in 1968 and 1969, and has been a key mentor and collaborator during these first ...

    Dorrance Dance

    Dorrance Dance

    The Joyce Theater

    Manhattan

    Tue, Dec 17, 2019 - Sun, Jan 05, 2020

    Following their smash-hit season at The Joyce in 2017, Dorrance Dance returns for a three-week engagement to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year with a jazz-infused program of enchanting tap dance works. Acclaimed choreographer and MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance foregoes the traditional seasonal tunes, opting for Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s inspired interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s "Nutcracker Suite" to score the company’s world premiere reimagining of the enduring holiday favorite. With their hallmark imagination and innovation in tap ...

Paul Winter’s 40th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

1047 Amsterdam Avenue

new york N.Y. 10025

2123167540

Seven-time Grammy® winner Paul Winter is busy planning his "40th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration" at New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine as the Paul Winter Consort also celebrates its 50th anniversary year. This year's special guest will be singer/songwriter and activist Noel Paul Stookey, best-known as a member of the famed folk music trio Peter, Paul and ...

Dorrance Dance

175 Eighth Avenue

new york N.Y. 10011

2122420800

Following their smash-hit season at The Joyce in 2017, Dorrance Dance returns for a three-week engagement to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year with a jazz-infused program of enchanting tap dance works. Acclaimed choreographer and MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance foregoes the traditional seasonal tunes, opting for Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s ...