THE FESTIVAL CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Second concert of the season feat. Charles Neidich, Calvin Wiersma, Toby Hoffman, Theodore Arm, Ruth Sommers & David Oei performing works by Hummel & Brahms; Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th St. (betw. B'way & Amsterdam Ave.), 678-6970; 8, $22, $20 adv.
JUILLIARD PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
Daniel Druckman conducts "Music of Denmark & Norway" program at Alice Tully Hall, 1941 B'way (65th St.), 769-7406; 8, free, tks. req.
MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC OPERA THEATER
David Gilbert conducts the premiere of William Mayer's "A Death in the Family at John C. Borden Aud., Manhattan School of Music, B'way (122nd St.), 749-2802; 8, $15-$20 [repeats Sat. at 8 & Sun. at 2:30].
IN HIS SOLITUDE
"The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington" feat. music director Eric Reed & gospel singer Shirley Caesar; Alice Tully Hall, 1941 B'way (65th St.), 721-6500; 8, $45 [repeats Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 3]
MUSIC FOR THE SPIRIT
St. Francis of Assisi Church hosts free weekly midday concerts. Midtown Concerts consist of both secular & sacred music. Today, 458 Strings music ensemble performs Spanish Dances (1, free). Later the same night, Spanish & Italian holiday song during ARTEK's "Sing & Dance to the Child" (8, $20, $12 st.); 135 W. 31st St. (betw. 6th & 7th Aves.), 967-9157.
Weekly chamber music, opera & choral programs. Today, trumpeter Aaron Flagg & pianist Cristina Stanescu are featured at Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Pl., Wall St. (B'way), 602-0873; 1, $2 contrib.
ELLIOTT SHARP & ORCHESTRA CARBON
Performance on 42nd pres. Sharp's latest symphony "Radiolaria" feat. brass, string & reed instruments & computer sampling; Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, 120 Park Ave. (42nd St.), 570-3633; 8, free.
THE GLASS MENAGERIE
Susan Glass conducts works by Handel, Haydn, Palestrina & Rutter at St. Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Ave. (54th St.), 935-2200; 8, $10, $5 child.
HOLIDAY CONCERTS AT CARNEGIE HALL
Series of seven concerts kicks off tonight with the New York Pops & Abyssinian Baptist church choir; Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave. (57th St.), 247-7800; 8, $18-$56 [repeats Sat. at 8].
NIKOS SKALKOTTAS ANNIVERSARY RETROSPECTIVE
Pianist Idith Meshulam joins vocalist Haleh Abghari, cellist Andre Emelianoff & violinist Jorja Fleezanis to honor composer's 5th anniversary, part of "By & About Series" at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 154 W. 57th St. (7th Ave.), 247-7800; 8, $32, $14 st./s.c.
THIRD STREET MUSIC SCHOOL SETTLEMENT ARTIST'S SERIES
Pianist Rosemary Caviglia performs Claude Debussy's Douzes Preludes at Third St. Music School Settlement, 235 E. 11th St. (betw. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), 777-3240; 7:30, free.
COLORS OF THE FLAME
Sephardic Singers & the Jiddish Chorale perform music of the Spanish Jews in Ladino, benefits the West End Synagogue, 190 Amsterdam Ave. (69th St.), 579-0777; 8, $20-$100.
Clarinetist leads last performance of three part series, "Beyond Crossover" with pianist Brian Zeger; Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th St. (betw. B'way & Amsterdam Ave.), 501-3330; 8, $18.
The Vienna Choir Boys' only New York appearance, part of series at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave. (57th St.), 247-7800; 7:30, $16-$56.
NEW YORK YOUTH SYMPHONY
37th season kicks off under Mischa Santora's direction. 100-piece orchestra performs Mozart's Exsultate, Jubilate & Elgar's Enigma Variations with soprano Benita Valente; Carnegie Hall, 154 W. 57th St. (7th Ave.), 581-5933; 2, $7-$40.
VIENNA CHOIR BOYS
Lucio Golino conducts premieres & works by two contemporary Austrian composers, Puerorum cantus & Cantate Domino; Carnegie Hall, 154 W. 57th St. (7th Ave.), 247-7800; 7:30, $16-$56.
An evening of chamber music feat. String Quartets 1 & 2 by Alex Mincek & Similarities #1 by Sam Hillner; Collective Unconscious, 145 Ludlow St. (betw. Stanton & Rivington Sts.), 254-5277; 8, $5.
A JOYOUS CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Evening of carols & music feat. Betty Buckley, Victor Garber, Julie Harris & Cherry Jones; St. Bartholomew's Church, 109 E. 50th St. (Park Ave.), 378-0248; 7:30, $35-$75 [repeats Tues. at 7:30].
JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
First concert of the season feat. Harbison's The Rewaking, Mendelssohn's Quartet in D Major for Strings, Op. 44, No. 1 & Ginastera's Quartet No. 3; Juilliard Theater, 155 W. 65th St. (betw. B'way & Amsterdam Ave.), 769-7406; 8, free, tks. req.
THE MANNES ORCHESTRA
Samuel Wong leads orchestra in works by Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich; Symphony Space, 2537 B'way (95th St.), 496-8524; 8, free.
Pianist performs works by Bach/Listz, Scriabin, Mendelssohn & Prokofiev at Alice Tully Hall 1941 B'way (65th St.), 307-6655; 8, $15-$20.
Weekly chamber music, opera & choral programs. Today, The Ramirez String Quartet performs at Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Pl., Wall St. (B'way), 602-0873; 12, $2 contrib.
JUILLIARD ARTISTS IN CONCERT
Pianists Anne-Marie Hildebrandt-Claus & Scott Holden in works by Tchaikovsky & Barber; Continental Insurance Atrium, 180 Maiden Lane (Front St.), 799-5000 ext. 213; 12:30, free.
The National Chorale & National Chorale Orchestra perform Handel's classic at Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, B'way (64th St.), 333-5333; 8, $21-$73 [repeats 12/17 at 8].
WINTER GARDEN HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR
The Orchestra of St. Luke's & The New York Choral Artists perform holiday songs O'Come All Ye Faithful, White Christmas & other holiday favorites at the World Financial Center Winter Garden, West St. (betw. Vesey & Liberty Sts.), 945-0505; 6:30, free.