The ball has dropped, Handel’s Messiah has been sung, and the tree at Rockefeller center will soon come down, yet three months of winter still remain. Ice and snow may put a halt to outdoor activities, but New York still has plenty to offer the musically-minded among us. Whether you’re a born-and-bred New Yorker or just here to see the sights, there will be plenty of concerts and events to your liking. Read on for our list of ten music-themed events in New York during the winter of 2017:
One of three pieces commissioned in honor of the Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary, The Jungle is Marsalis’ take on New York. Marsalis, currently the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, will be joined onstage in the performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. In addition to Marsalis’ work, the concert program includes Copland’s Quiet City and William Bolcom’s Trombone Concerto.
Time: January 3, 7:30 PM
Price Range: $34 – 124
Founded in 2005, New York’s Winter Jazzfest’s commitment to bringing together diverse and talented artists has repeatedly earned the praise of Vanity Fair, the New York Times, NPR, and many more. This year’s festival will take place across 14 stages and feature over 600 artists including Pharoah Sanders, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, and Dee Dee Bridgewater to name a few. Attendees can purchase tickets to a single concert or go all out with the full pass, which provides access to each concert during the five days of the festival.
Time: January 5 – 10, various times
Price Range: $20 – 160
Though the concert takes place on a single night, the impact of GlobalFEST is vast. As a non-profit, it works to advance world music artists by coordinating tours and holding events to increase the visibility of those artists. The concert itself boasts incredible stylistic diversity, ranging from performances of “extravagant shamanistic Korean folk songs [combined with] rock” to “experimental Afropolitan pop-soul.” The night is sure to be an exhilarating experience both for long-time world music-lovers as well as people looking to broaden their musical horizons.
Time: January 8, 7 PM
Price Range: $45 plus applicable fees
If you’re thinking “why would I go to the Botanical Gardens in the middle of winter,” this show is the answer. The main attraction is, of course, the trains: Model trains run through a detailed display which features 150 of New York’s most recognizable landmarks. In addition to the massive diorama, the event features a cappella performances, string quartet performances, and activities for kids. If you’re going to go, get your tickets in advance; the event may run out of tickets at the door.
Time: through January 16, 10AM – 6 PM
Price Range: $18 – 30 (price varies with date and senior citizen status)
For young aspiring drummers, this workshop is a fun opportunity to learn a little about what it takes to drum in a marching band from the Brooklyn United Marching Band. The program will teach the fundamentals of music reading, choreography, and performance skills that apply directly to drumming with Brooklyn United.
Time: January 17, 4 – 4:45 PM
Price Range: Free with admission ($11)
If you’re in New York at the end of January and looking to catch a Broadway show, you’re in luck. During NYC Broadway Week, 2-for-1 tickets will be available for several select Broadway performances. Tickets will go on sale on January 5th, so get them before they run out!
Time: January 17 – February 5
Price Range: Varies
The 12th Annual ‘A Shared Dream’ event is held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and in memory of his great works. The performers, including Ricky Dillard, Brooklyn United Marching Band, and the Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, represent a wide array of musical styles. Presented at Walt Whitman Theater at Brooklyn College, it is a free event but has limited capacity, so be sure to get your tickets beforehand.
Time: January 8, 6 PM
Price Range: Free
A perennial favorite all over the world, Bizet’s Carmen is a thrilling masterpiece, thought by many to be the greatest opera of all time. It’s a classic story of tragic love: Don José is tempted away from the conventions of his society by the charisma of the titular character, played by Sophie Koch or Clémentine Margaine, leading to an explosive conclusion. It is a must-see for opera neophytes, and a much-loved classic for Met veterans.
Time: January 19 – February 18, 7:30 PM
Price Range: $25 – 445
Skate in beautiful Central Park to benefit Figure Skating in Harlem, a charitable organization dedicated to helping New York’s children achieve their dream of figure skating. Held at the Lasker Ice rink in Central Park North, the event includes music, food, a raffle, as well as skating demonstrations by members of Figure Skating in Harlem. All proceeds go to benefit the programs at Figure Skating in Harlem, so you couldn’t ask for a nicer way to spend a winter’s day.
Time: February 4, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Price Range: $15 (Includes skate rental)
Do your tastes lean towards the experimental? Then the Seventh Avant Music Festival might be for you. Performances range from the somewhat atypical to the wholly abstract, some works even blurring the line between musical performance and artistic installation. One of the major presentations will be an Opera commissioned from John King, a piece the New York Times called “mournful and ecstatic…”
Time: February 20 – March 5, 8 PM
Price Range: Not yet announced