Top 5 Arts Picks: December 14-20

FRI, DEC. 14 THROUGH SUN, DEC. 30: Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol

Beginning this Friday, M&M Performing Arts’ Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol will recreate Charles Dickens’ own performances of his classic novel A Christmas Carol. Actor Michael Von Brodeck will play Dickens, telling the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the many spirits and characters he encounters. “Dickens” will wander the rooms of Lyndhurst Mansion, which is decorated for the holiday season, as he tells his story. Performances start will continue through December 30. Times vary.

SAT, DEC. 15: A-Cappella Christmas Songs at Caramoor

This Saturday, the a-cappella quartet New York Polyphony will perform twice in Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts’ Music Room. The celebrated male ensemble will present “Sing Thee Nowell,” a program of sacred Christmas music that spans seven centuries. Guests are encouraged to tour the Center’s Rosen House between performances. Begins at 4 & 7pm.

SUN, DEC. 16: Westchester Philharmonic’s “Winter Pops!” Concert

On Sunday, Westchester Philharmonic’s annual “Winter Pops!” concert will feature Time for Three, a trio consisting of two violinists – Nicolas Kendall and Charles Yang – and bassist Ranaan Meyer. The group, which will be led by conductor Rachael Worby, will play classics, American Songbook standards and holiday favorites at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College.  Begins at 3pm.

SUN, DEC. 9: Live R&B Performance by Alyson Williams

Sanctuary Series presents a Sunday performance by organist, harpsichordist and Bach specialist Anthony Newman, who will play a selection of Bach compositions. Three trumpeters – David Glukh, Max Morel and Sam Jones – will accompany Newman during a program that includes selections from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Christmas OratorioItalian Concerto and more. Begins at 4pm at South Salem Presbyterian Church.

SUN, DEC. 16: A Concert for Peace

Songcatchers’ 24th annual Concert for Peace will present a concert of songs about bringing peace to a troubled world. These include This is My Wish by Tim and Angela Lauer and There is Peace by Jim Papoulis. The multigenerational choir of about 60 singers will sing a selection of multicultural and interfaith songs for the holiday season. A “Litany of Peace” will also discuss the hopes and wishes of the choir’s young participants. Begins at 4:30pm at the College of New Rochelle Chapel.

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