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There's more to the holidays than 'The Nutcracker'


There's more to the holidays than 'The Nutcracker'

Our go-to list of choruses, orchestras and ballets to enjoy this holiday season
There's more to the holidays than 'The Nutcracker'
Albany Pro Musica's “A Winter Wonderland” concert.
Photographer: File photo

This season there are a large number of possibilities to celebrate the holidays in style. Ranging from choruses, orchestras, and “Nutcracker” ballets to experiencing warm and toasty Christmas cheer around campfires or on a train, pick a few and have fun. Selections are listed alphabetically.


ALBANY PRO MUSICA and orchestra perform “The Many Moods of Christmas” at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo conducts. Program includes music by Tchaikovsky, Robert Shaw, Russell Bennett, and a traditional carol sing-along. $55 - $15; 518 273-0038.

BURNT HILLS ORATORIO SOCIETY with Auriel Camerata, Glens Falls’ 1st Presbyterian Church’s chancel choir, organist Bryan Kirk, brass and percussionists perform “Peace on Earth: A Festival of Carols” at 4 p.m. Dec. 16 at the church on 8 W. Notre Dame Street. Derek Stannard conducts. $25-$15.  518 416-4060. The concert is repeated at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21at Church of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Saratoga Rd., Scotia.

CAPITAL COMMUNITY VOICES under conductor Julie Panke sing “The Wonder of the Night” at 7:30 p.m. Dec.1 5 at the Genet Elementary School in East Greenbush. Joanna Towse accompanies. $10, $8

CATHEDRAL OF ALL SAINTS.  At 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23 there’s a brass and organ concert. At 3 p.m. the Choir of Men and Boys under Woodrow Bynum perform the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. 60 Elk St., Albany; 518 465-1342

FESTIVAL CELEBRATION CHOIR with brass quintet, organ and timpani under conductor Julie Panke perform “Rejoice and Be Merry” at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at 1st Lutheran Church, 181 Western Ave., Albany.

MENDELSSOHN CLUB, Tesago Elementary Select Chorus and percussionists under Jeff Vrendenburg perform seasonal favorites at 7:30 p.m.  Dec. 14 at The Egg. $22. Also, on Dec. 31 the club performs 1st Night at Delmar’s St. Thomas Apostle Church.

SKIDMORE COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHORUS with Katie Gardiner conducting sing an a cappella program of music from the Renaissance to 20th century at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Zankel Music Center. $5-$8. 518 580-5321.

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DANCE: Three Nutcrackers

ALBANY BERKSHIRE BALLET at The Egg at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 1 p.m. Dec. 9. $26-$41

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DANCE students present Act 2 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Maple Avenue middle school, Saratoga Springs.

SARATOGA CITY BALLET offers Beth Fecteau’s new choreography to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at The Egg.  $28-$20; five and under, free.  518 473-1845


BETHESDA EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs presents the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in all six of J.S. Bach’s “Brandenburg Concertos” at 7 p.m. Dec. 15. $25

EMPIRE STATE YOUTH ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS in “Melodies of Christmas” at Proctors with Professor Louie & the Cromatix and Grand Central Station. Carlos Agreda conducts. 7 p.m. Dec. 13-15; 3 p.m. Dec. 16. $30, $25. 518 382-7581 

GLENS FALLS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with fiddler Hanneke Cassel, guitarist Keith Murphy, GF Children’s Chorus and conductor Charles Peltz celebrate North Country Xmas at 4 p.m. Dec. 9. GF High School, 10 Quade St.  518 793-1348. $36-$10

MUSICIANS OF MAALWYCK present seasonal music for violin and guitar at 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at Ten Broeck Mansion, Albany.

SARATOGA CHAMBER PLAYERS join Tango Fusion for First Nite Dec. 31 in Saratoga Springs.

SCHOHARIE VALLEY CONCERT BAND under conductor Martin Zavadil celebrate their 39th season and the holidays at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Schoharie HS and at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Cobleskill-Richmondville HS. 


COOPERSTOWN FARMERS MUSEUM at 5775 State Highway 80 lights up its 19th century buildings and offers wagon rides, carousel rides, warming kettles, bonfires on the tavern green, complimentary wassail and St. Nick reading “Twas the Night Before Xmas.” 150 carolers and local school bands perform holiday favorites. At 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Dec.8;  607 547-1450. $8-$14; six and under, free.

SANTA EXPRESS boards at Milford, NY (9 miles south of Cooperstown) East Main Street depot.  At 1 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16 travel with Santa and Mrs. Claus, goodies, holiday music, refreshments. Trip is 2.5 hrs. Dress warmly. $21-$18; 3 and under, free. Reservations required  607 432-2439; www.lrhs.com

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