Christmas Carol Concerts on the Upper West Side of Manhattan

Christmas Carol Concerts on the Upper West Side of Manhattan

The Upper West Side of Manhattan is fortunate to have a few beautiful churches in the neighborhood that present Christmas carol concerts, beyond the traditional Christmas eve service.

If you’re looking to get a dose of holiday cheer, you can start this weekend at St.John the Divine and Riverside Church. Both sell tickets to their usually sold-out events. 
The Cathedral Church
of Saint John the Divine,
1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street)
Saturday, December
14, 2013, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Purchase tickets in advance.  

The Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive
The Annual Riverside Church Candlelight Carol Festival
Sunday, December 15, 3:30 PM & 6:00 PM, Nave

Celebrate the joy of the sounds of the Christmas Season at Riverside. This annual concert featuring familiar Christmas carols sung by congregation and choirs, as well as Christmas music from around the world – all presented in the beauty and splendor of the candlelit Nave.
Tickets on sale now.
Christmas Eve Services of Worship:  Worship for
Children & Families
Tuesday December 24, 2013,
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Nave 
Service of
Lessons and Carols

Tuesday December 24, 2013,
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Nave
All are invited to join the Riverside Church community on Christmas Eve in this
centuries-old tradition of Lessons and Carols. Choral anthems, Christmas
carols, and scripture readings all weave together. 
Broadway Presbyterian
601 West 114th Street (at Broadway)
Candlelight and Carols
December 24, 6:45pm
Church of St Paul
& St Andrew United Methodist
263 W 86th St (between Broadway & End Ave) 
Family Christmas Eve
December 24,
Candlelight Service
December 24, 10:45pm
– 12:00am
The Church of the Ascension, Catholic
221 West 107th Street
Midnight Mass on December 24

St. Michaels Church,
225 West 99th Street,
Church of St. Gregory
the Great, Catholic
144 W 90th St (between Columbus Ave & Amsterdam
Most Elevating of Voices, St.John the Divine

Most Elevating of Voices, St.John the Divine

The Musical Legacy of Andrew Carnegie:A Transatlantic Celebration

Presented by Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Carnegie UK Trust, Most Elevating of Voices pairs the Cathedral with Dunfermline Abbey, Scotland in a dual concert miniseries in remembrance of Andrew Carnegie’s generous support of organ and choral music. Carnegie made gifts of more than $6 million to support the purchase of some 7,600 church organs in the United States and United Kingdom. His creation of the Carnegie UK Trust in 1913 made possible the publication of a definitive ten-volume edition of choral works by some of the greatest Tudor composers.
Under the direction of Kent Tritle, the Cathedral’s concert (whose twinned performance took place in Scotland on October 12) will feature music from the pipe organ, which Carnegie called “the most elevating of voices,” as well as choral music particularly associated with the Carnegie UK Trust.  The evening will also showcase the Cathedral Choir alongside the Oratorio Society of New York and the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir.

St.John the Divine

New York Philharmonic Memorial Day Concert at St. John the Divine

New York Philharmonic Memorial Day Concert at St. John the Divine

New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert will
conduct the Monday, May 27, 2013, 8:00pm performance of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 in D Minor,
“Wagner” at St. John the Divine Cathedral.

Tickets are first-come, first-served and available the day of the performance at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, at 113th Street.
Tickets will be handed out at 6:00PM. 
Concert duration 1 hour 10 minutes.
Tubby the Tuba narrated by Patti Smith

Tubby the Tuba narrated by Patti Smith

Dedicated to introducing children to the world of classical music, The Little Orchestra Society has been putting on family-friendly events for 65 years.

Tubby the Tuba, a childhood favorite of punk rock musician and National Book Award-winner Patti Smith, is a whimsical piece that tells the story of a plucky tuba out searching for a song all its own.

No doubt the adults will be getting something very different from this concert than their children, but both will enjoy it.

AT 11:00AM AND 1:00PM

Make Music Winter New York: December 21

In 2011, Make Music New York launched a winter solstice festival called Make Music Winter,
with 12 participatory musical parades.
This winter’s Make Music Winter will take place on Friday December 21st in locations around the city.
The winter parades will include…..
 Newspeak, MMNY 2008 (Photo: Rick Levy)

Make Music New York
is a live, free musical celebration across the city that takes place
each June 21, the longest day of the year. On that day, hundreds of
public spaces throughout the five boroughs become impromptu stages for
over 1,000 free concerts.