A talented trio of classically trained singers, consisting of tenor Jesse Nolan, mezzo-soprano Mary Penick Akin and soprano Lauren Mouney Gisclair, Bon Operatit! offers up a wide selection of holiday classics celebrating the season.
This free performance will last from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter hotel in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter, and the public is invited. Valet parking is available for a nominal $5 charge.
Join the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in a celebration of the holidays as they salute the great composers of the Baroque era. Under the baton of guest conductor, Maestro Glenn Langdon, the 70-piece LPO will perform Francesco Veracini's "Overture No. 1 in B-flat," Bach's "Christmas Oratorio, Cantata IV" and selections from Handel's "Messiah." The Symphony Chorus of New Orleans, under the direction of Stephen Edwards, will bring the audience to its feet for a rousing round of the best-known and most beloved choral number in the entire Western musical repertoire: the "Hallelujah" chorus.
In keeping with a JPAS Christmas tradition, "A Celtic Christmas" returns to the stage in neighboring Jefferson Parish for a nostalgic journey to the Emerald Isle. Renowned Irish minstrel, Danny O'Flaherty, and a group of talented friends celebrate the holiday season through mesmerizing music and song, fiery dance and tantalizing storytelling that will surely kindle the Christmas spirit in every heart! Christmas the way it has been celebrated among the Celtic people for centuries. Recommended for all ages.
The show runs for approximately two hours with a 15-minute intermission. Show time is 7:30 p.m. and ticket discounts are available for children under 12, students, and seniors over 65. For more information go to www.jpas.org.
Featuring the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, plus brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and spectacular stagecraft, "Mary Poppins"fulfills nearly every expectation you might have for a hit Broadway show! Call her a "governess" or a "nanny" or whatever, she is the answer to the prayers of a pair of London parents as she takes their children on a series of magical and memorable adventures.
This stage extravaganza features all the classic songs of the original movie, including "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and a few catchy new tunes. This show is fun for the whole family and parents are encouraged to bring their youngsters along for the journey.
This is the second official production of the 2012-2013 season by Broadway in New Orleans at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. Show times vary. For more information about tickets, show times and the shows themselves, patrons can visit www.BroadwayInNewOrleans.com, call the Broadway Across America Ticket Hotline at 1-800-218-SHOW (7469), fax 1-800-535-2929 or email http://neworleans.broadway.com.
The New Orleans Opera Association reprises its highly popular "Opera on Tap" program of light operatic and live stage fare at various locations throughout New Orleans. The performances start at 7:00 p.m. and run until 8:30. They are free and open to the public.
Opera on Tap will perform holiday classics in the Puccini Room of the Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter hotel in the heart of the French Quarter at Bourbon and Toulouse streets. For more information visit the New Orleans Opera Association's website and Facebook page.
One of the most anxiously awaited holiday events in the New Orleans area is the annual performance of "The Nutcracker" by the Delta Festival Ballet. Tchaikovsky's timeless classic is performed flawlessly by this local company founded in 1969 by brother and sister Joseph and Maria Giacobbe.
Delta's "Nutcracker" is widely acclaimed for its professionalism and beauty – a beauty that begins with the dancers (over 150 of them!), including guest artists from national and international ballet, and extends to every detail from props and costumes to scenery and lighting. The performances are enriched by the accompaniment of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom Delta has enjoyed a decades-long partnership.Performance times are 7:00 p.m. on Friday the 21st and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday the 22nd and Sunday the 23rd. For tickets and information visit the DFB website at www.deltafestivalballet.com.
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