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'Nutcracker,' music performances fill busy week

'Nutcracker,' music performances fill busy week

Choral music and dance events for the holidays
'Nutcracker,' music performances fill busy week
"Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite" is at The Egg Sunday.

Choirs may be the mainstay ensembles at holiday times. But over the next two weeks there are also two venues celebrating Christmas in foreign lands and three dance opportunities to see more “The Nutcracker.”

Dec. 10: Young dancers from the National Museum of Dance’s School of the Arts with guest Isaac Akiba of the Boston Ballet as the Cavalier perform “Kingdom of the Sweets,” which is the victory over the Mouse King from “The Nutcracker.” 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Maple Avenue Middle School’s Trombley Auditorium, Saratoga Springs; $17. 584-2225; www.dancemuseum.org

Dec. 10: Auriel Camerata, an a cappella group of local professional singers, offers songs of hope and healing by choral masters Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and Thomas Tallis as well as a sing-along. 7:30 p.m.; Immaculate Conception Church, 400 Saratoga Rd., Glenville. $25, $15 (ages 12-22). www.aurielcamerata.org

Dec. 10: Thursday Musical Club, celebrating its 104th season, presents classics by Mozart, Meacham, Rutter and Liszt under director Julie Panke. Also with guest flutist Jean Hayes and scholarship winners from Schenectady County Community College and Niskayuna High School. 2:30 p.m.; First Reformed Church, 8 No. Church St., Schenectady. $15, $12. 374-1930

Dec. 11: Albany Pro Musica under director Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo performs “The Many Moods Of Christmas” with music by Gustav Holst, Robert Shaw and the annual sing-along. Tenor Rafael Davila guests and the Orchestra Pro Musica plays. 3 p.m.; Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. $35, $25, $15. 273-0038; www.albanypromusica.org

Dec. 11: Max and Ruby, those larger-than-life bunnies, bring “The Nutcracker” with professional dancers. 3:30 p.m.; The Egg, Albany. $18, child; free for adult with child. 473-1845; www.theegg.org

Dec. 11: Ballston Spa’s First Baptist Church presents its annual “Hark the Herald” Christmas Cantata, which is a collection of beloved Christmas carols and original holiday songs that an a cappella choir of area singers perform. Hors d’oeuvres will be served an hour before concert time. 6 p.m.; 202 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa. Free. 885-6515; www.bspabaptist.org

Dec. 12: For 20 years, Hubbard Hall has given the traditional holiday breakfast of another country. This year it’s Sweden. While patrons eat, choruses, the Hot Chocolate Dancers and the Tune Jam Band entertain. Seatings are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education, 25 East Main St., Cambridge. $10, $5. 677-2495; www.hubbardhall.org

Dec. 16: The all-male Mendelssohn Club under director Jeff Vredenburg celebrates its 107th season to sing “Christmases Old and New.” The Capitol District Youth Chorale will guest. $20. 7:30 p.m.; The Egg, Albany. 428-5382; www.mendelssohn.org

Dec. 17: Albany Berkshire Ballet Company gives a full-length “The Nutcracker” in two performances: 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at The Egg. $40, $25. 473-1845; www.theegg.org

Dec. 17: Capital Community Voices under Julie Panke will present “All is Calm, All is Bright.” 7:30 p.m.; Genet Elementary School, Rt. 4, East Greenbush. $10, $8. 370-5434

Dec. 18: Boston Camerata performs a Medieval Age German Christmas complete with period instruments and traditional songs of the era. 3 p.m. Union College Memorial Chapel. $30, free for students. 388-6080; www.union collegeconcerts.org


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