The lyric chamber music society of new york
"A Family Affair," feat. violinist Arnold Steinhardt, soprano Natasha Steinhardt & pianist Victor Steinhardt in chamber works & songs; The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E. 65th St. (betw. 5th & Madison Aves.), 279-4200; 8, $25 & $45.
Performs original piano works at Alice Tully Hall, 1941 B'way (65th St.), 721-6500; 8, $27.50 & $32.50.
MUSIC FOR THE SPIRIT
St. Francis of Assisi Church hosts free weekly midday concerts. Midtown Concerts consist of both secular & sacred music. Today, the St. Francis Singers performs Christmas music & arrangements of traditional carols from England, France, Germany, & America; St. Francis of Assisi Church, 135 W. 31st St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 967-9157; 1:15, free.
Weekly chamber music, opera & choral programs. Today, Jens Nygaard conducts the Jupiter Symphony Orchestra in an all-Beethoven special benefit performance for the Noonday Concert Series; Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Pl., Wall St. (B'way), 602-0747; 1, $10.
MUSIC OF IGOR STRAVINSKY
Nineteenth annual celebration of Stravinsky with more than 100 students & faculty; John C. Borden Aud., Manhattan School of Music, B'way (122 St.), 749-2802 ext.428; 8, free.
SAINT THOMAS CHOIR
Organist Gerre Hancock conducts Handel's Messiah feat. soloists Julianne Baird, Drew Minter, Mark Bleeke, & Nathaniel Watson; St. Thomas Church, 1 W. 53 St. (5th Ave.), 664-9360; 7:30, $15-$60.
young new yorkers series
Klezmer band Shirim performs Klezmer Nutcracker at The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave. (92nd St.), 423-3224; 8, $15.
Brazilian jazz pianist performs music from recent CD Labyrinth with ensemble of sax, violin, cello, & percussion; Walker Space, 56 Walker St. (betw. B'way & Church), 831-9288; 9, $12.
MANHATTAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA & CHOIR OF SACRED MUSIC
Robert Prior conducts works of Bach, Handel, Saint-Saens, & Vivaldi; The Church of the Holy Innocents, 128 W. 37th St. (B'way), 718-224-5721; 7:30, free.
THE NATIONAL CHORALE
Martin Josman conducts Handel's Messiah, feat. soloists Pamela Hinchman, Elizabeth Turnbull, Rockland Osgood, James Taylor; Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, B'way (64th St.), 333-5333; 8, $21-$73.
The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble
Joyous music of Chanukah and Christmas, Holiday Light; New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St. (betw. 5th & 6th Aves.), 873-2848; 8, $12-$100.
Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
Kent Tritle conducts the Choirs and Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola in "What Sweeter Music" feat. works by Britten, Vivaldi, & John Rutter; Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Ave. (84th St.); 3, $10-$25. [repeats 12/19 at 4.]
Columbia Candlelight concert
Gail Archer conducts annual concert in works by Bach, Britten & Respighi feat. the Barnard-Columbia chorus; St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University, 117th St. (betw. B'way & Amsterdam Aves.), 854-5096; 8, $10, $5 st.
the juilliard Pre-College Division
First in a series of five concerts continuing into January. Eugene Becker leads the Pre-College Chamber Orchestra in works by Ewazen, Mozart & Haydn feat. violinist Brittany Sklar (5); Mischa Santora conducts the Pre-College Orchestra in works by Wagner, Mozart & Rimsky-Korsakov feat. pianist Adriana Lafaille (8); Juilliard Theater, 155 W. 65th St. (betw. B'way & Amsterdam Ave.), 769-7406; free, no tkts req.
5th Ave. Presbyterian Church
Richard Westenburg conducts works by Britten & Berkey as well as choral hymns from Rig Veda with harpist Nancy Allen; The 5th Ave. Presbyterian Church, 7 W. 55th St. (betw. 5th and 6th Aves.) 247-0490; 3, free.
12TH ANNUAL MESSIAH OPEN SING
Douglas Anderson conducts the BMCC Downtown Symphony in Handel's Messiah, feat. soloists Cynthia Simeone, Jennifer Tucker, Anthony Daino, & Ko Kaiden?public is invited to participate in performance; scores will be provided; Theater 1 of the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St. (betw. West Side H'way & Greenwich St.), 346-8170; 3, free.
avery fisher hall
Keyboardist Ton Koopman conducts Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir in the first concert of a season-long series, "The Passion of Johann Sebastian Bach;" Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, B'way (64th St.), 721-6500; 7, $25-$45.
candlelight carol festival
Two concerts feat. the Riverside Choir & preludes by carillonneur Dionisio A. Lind, benefits Christmas Benevolences; The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive (betw. 120 & 122 Sts.), 843-9231; 3 & 5:30, $10 contrib.
church of the holy trinity
Organist Stephen Hamilton conducts Holy Trinity Choir in annual "Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols," feat. works by Ireland, Mozart & congregational hymns; Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 E. 88th St. (betw. 1st & 2nd Aves.), 289-4100; 4, free.
corpus christi church
Music Before 1800 pres. Lionheart, men's vocal sextet, in performance of "Tydings Trew: Feasts of Christmas in Medieval England;" Corpus Christi Church, 529 W. 121st St. (B'way), 666-9266; 4, $20, $15 st./s.c.
ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S CHURCH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
Composer Anthony Piccolo leads Pageant of the Holy Nativity, feat. St. Bart's Players, Choir, Singers, Boy & Girl Choristers; 109 E. 50th St. (Park Ave.), 378-0248; 5, free.
Lyndon Woodside directs The Oratorio Society of New York in Handel's Messiah; Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave. (57th St.), 247-7800; 8, $25-$35.
CHURCH OF ST. JEAN BAPTISTE
Kyler Brown conducts the Virgin Consort in holiday concert, feat. works by Poulenc, Thomson, & Daniel Pinkham as well as early baroque masters; 184 E. 76th St. (betw. Lexington Ave. & 76th St.), 570-2130; 8, $10-$30.
Interactive performance opera for kids & parents, "Devachan and the Monads," by Sylvie Degiez, Anney Bonney & Wayne Lopes; The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th St. (betw. 10th & 11th Aves.), 255-5793, res. req.; 7, $5.
the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble
Flutist Petr Kotik conducts works by Bach, Strauss, Cage, Morton Feldman & Jackson Mac Low; Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 W. 21 St. (betw. 10th &11th Aves.), 255-1105; 8, $15, $10 st./s.c.
St. mark's church
James Nyoraku Schlefer, master of the traditional Japanese flute, shakuhachi, leads Orchestra of Japanese Bamboo Flutes in celebration of winter solstice; St. Mark's Church, 131 E. 10th St. (2nd Ave.), (718) 499-7793; 8, free.
TOO HOT TO HANDEL
Sixth annual gospel/r&b adaptation of Handel's Messiah feat. The Concordia Orchestra; Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, B'way (64th St.), 721-6500; 8, $16-$50.