Holiday Programs on Carnegie Hall+

A Viewing Guide

Discover new sides to a perennial favorite with vivid presentations of The Nutcracker. Witness a larger-than-life production of The Magic Flute from the Bregenz Festival. Delight the whole family with Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Get in the Christmas spirit with Corelli’s “Christmas” Concerto performed at Rome’s Basilica of St. Mark the Evangelist, and Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim’s The Christmas Tree Concert. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Lang Lang and Mariss Jansons, enjoy a festive program by the award-winning Baroque-instrument Balsom Ensemble, and so much more.

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Holiday Programs

Handel’s Messiah at Český Krumlov Castle

South Bohemia’s Český Krumlov Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the impressive setting for a stage adaptation of Handel’s beloved oratorio. Staged by Tomáš Ondřej Pilař, the performance is led by conductor David Švec.

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker in Dresden

The Semperoper Ballett and Staatskapelle Dresden present Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas ballet, choreographed by Aaron S. Watkin and Jason Beechey. The enticing production features sets inspired by Dresden landmarks.

525 Years with the Vienna Boys’ Choir

Founded in 1498, the Vienna Boys’ Choir celebrates its extraordinary history with a program that traces an equally impressive sweep of music history from Josquin’s polyphony to Mozart’s lyricism to the rich harmonies of Bruckner.

Sting: A Winter’s Night
at Durham Cathedral

Sting offers songs and carols that capture the reflective spirit of winter and the holiday season. In the North of England near where Sting grew up, Durham’s thousand-year-old cathedral provides the concert’s majestic backdrop.

Vienna State Ballet: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake
choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev

First produced in 1964, Rudolf Nureyev’s fascinating interpretation of the beloved Tchaikovsky ballet places greater emphasis on the character of Prince Siegfried. Nureyev partners with Margot Fonteyn in this Vienna State Ballet production.

New Year’s Eve in Dresden
with Christian Thielemann and Nikolaj Znaider

Bruch’s First Violin Concerto is “the richest, the most seductive” in the repertoire, said dedicatee Joseph Joachim. Hear it paired with pieces by Kreisler, Rossini, and Tchaikovsky on this effervescent New Year’s Eve program.

Lang Lang: New Year’s Eve in Munich
conducted by Mariss Jansons

On New Year’s Eve in Munich, pianist Lang Lang joins Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for an uplifting, globe-trotting program that features works by Mozart, Chopin, Bernstein, Xian Xinghai, and many others.

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker
with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Tchaikovsky’s ballet scores are notable for their musical sophistication independent of choreography. The infectious music of The Nutcracker is especially cherished, as performed by the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov.

Vienna State Ballet: Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker
with choreography by Rudolf Nureyev

For this performance of Tchaikovsky’s enchanting Christmas ballet, the Vienna State Ballet revives the brilliant and psychologically rich choreography of Rudolf Nureyev.

Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel
from the Vienna State Opera

Based on the beloved story by the Brothers Grimm, Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera is enduringly popular with children and adults alike, setting the familiar story to a magical combination of folk-inspired melodies and rich orchestrations. Enjoy an exceptional presentation from the Vienna State Opera.

Mozart’s The Magic Flute
at the Bregenz Festival

With enormous fire-spewing “dragon dogs,” mythical creatures brought to life by puppeteers, a spectacular Queen of the Night, and dozens of stunt artists, this production of Mozart’s beloved opera is a visually mind-blowing fairy tale.

The Christmas Tree Concert
with Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich

Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim perform a festive program for four-hands piano, featuring Liszt’s seldom-heard suite of Christmas-carol arrangements and two delightful French works: Bizet’s Jeux d’enfants and Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye.

Corelli’s Christmas Concerto
with I Solisti Veneti

Under their conductor and founder Claudio Scimone, I Solisti Veneti perform Arcangelo Corelli’s beloved “Christmas” Concerto in the aptly Baroque setting of Rome’s Basilica of St. Mark the Evangelist.

Alison Balsom and the Balsom Ensemble
In Ducli Jubilo

Award-winning British trumpeter Alison Balsom and her ensemble perform on Baroque instruments in this festive concert. Repertoire highlights include selections by Handel, J. S. Bach, and Purcell, plus Corelli’s “Christmas” Concerto.

New programs are added regularly.

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