Whether you simply listen or riotously sing along, nothing sets the holiday mood like music. This Christmas, set your sights on something different. Ever heard medieval hymns or a jazzed-up Frosty the Snowman? Check out this week's eclectic mix of seasonal songs. Do you hear the sleigh bells ringing?
Relax in the peaceful surroundings of The Cloisters' Fuentiduena Chapel for a medieval telling of The Christmas Story. The Waverly Consort performs vocal and instrumental hymns, processionals, antiphons, and Mass compositions that are more than ten centuries old. Performances take place at 1pm and 3pm on December 18th and 19th. Get more modern fare downtown at the South Street Seaport's Chorus Tree. The Young New Yorker's Chorus, comprised of locals in their 20s and 30s, sings your favorite familiar carols this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 17th through 19th.
Find your groove at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium with a free performance by the girl-fronted retro-themed group, The Sweet Divines. They hammer out their Holiday Soul Spectacular twice on the evening of December 23rd—at 8:30pm and again at 10:30pm. At the legendary jazz club, Birdland, regulars perform holiday tunes with a blue note. Six shows run every night beginning December 20th and ending on Christmas Day.
Wander the charming streets of the West Village with the roving carolers of the West Village Chorale. Meet up at St. Luke in the Fields' courtyard at 7pm on December 17—no singing experience necessary. At 5pm on Christmas Eve, join in the cacophony of voices at Washington Square Park where all are welcomed to sing along, accompanied by a brass quartet.
Where:The Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park, NYC; South Street Seaport, Fulton & South Streets, NYC; Lincoln Center, 61 West 62nd Street Broadway, NYC; Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, NYC; Washington Square Park, Fifth Avenue & MacDougal Street, NYC.
Cost:Free, except for The Waverly Consort: $45; and Birdland: $30 with $10 food and drink minimum.