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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 2, 2017?

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47 Free events, free things to do in New York City (NYC)

All events, things to do on December 2, 2017 are free unless otherwise noted.
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The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
Free
Tours, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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City Walks, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
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You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
Free
Tours, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Harlem Tour
Tour |
Greenwich Village is among Manhattan's most desirable and expensive residential neighborhoods. It's history, however, betrays it's monied status. The Village, with it's quiet, shaded streets, lined with lovely brick and brownstone townhouses, was once the incubating ground of artistic, social and political movements that have helped shape US history. From the Beats to the Folk Movement, from workers rights to gay rights, the Village has often been the center of it all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Greenwich Village Neighborhood Tour
City Walk |
Join a Manhattan Street Art Tour and experience the Lower East Side - SoHo, NoHo, Nolita and Little Italy. The Lower East Side of Manhattan is a playground for street artists, Soho is known to be one of NYC first permit Joint Live-Work Quarters for artists and the area received landmark designation in 1973. Noho and Nolita’s street art is either hidden in courtyards or on the more prominent street art facades. Learn about the history of the art of many famous and unknown artist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
Free
City Walks, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Manhattan Street Art Tour
Workshop |
Whether you are a seasoned professional, a proud shower singer, or someone who has never opened their mouth to sing, Inside Voice allows singers and non-singers alike to uncover the power and beauty of their full 5-octave range while developing a deep, emotive connection to their own unique sound. Through exercises and group songs that are as silly as they are revelatory, "Sing a Secret," the introduction to Inside Voice, shows that the only limits on our voices are the ones we impose on them and that to work on the voice is to work on the self. You’ll learn to harness powerful, heartbreaking, visceral, fragile, and otherworldly sounds you never dreamed were inside you all the while dramatically extending your range, building your confidence, and strengthening the emotional links between you and your voice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Workshops, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Sing A Secret
Tour |
A two-hour guided walking tour through Fort Greene, Brooklyn that shows how the neighborhood has become one of the most vibrant hubs for the arts in America today. Live performances by opera singers of specially selected songs accompany the tour.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
Free
Tours, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, The Brooklyn Cultural District Walking Tour
City Walk |
Bob Dylan, Richard Pryor, Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Jacobs, James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, Dave Attell, Patti Smith, Joan Baez, and Truman Capote are just a few of the thousands of accomplished artists, writers, radicals, and performers who made their way through Greenwich Village. This tour, primarily focusing on the 1950s onward, visits the hangouts that have defined legendary people and the spirit of this iconic neighborhood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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City Walks, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Historic Greenwich Village: Beats, Bohemians, and Icons from the 1950's to Today
City Walk |
3.5 miles, mostly flat. Walk through Pratt Institute looking at the best outdoor modern sculpture in NY, then into two small historic districts including a bakery reborn as a high school, then into Ft. Greene Park with the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, then spend at least 45 minutes at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Museum. Finally, walk through the Vinegar Hill historic district and end in DUMBO at the York St. station. Awful or dangerous weather cancels. Bring lunch. Call to confirm.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
$3
City Walks, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Sculpture to Ships Plus Walk
Dance Performance |
This one-hour version of the beloved holiday ballet performed to Tchaikovsky’s cherished score is set Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by longtime New York Theatre Ballet choreographer Keith Michael. Please note, seating for these popular performances is first come, first served and early arrival is strongly suggested.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, New York Theatre Ballet presents Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker
Other |
Give or get the gift of a furry, forever friend for the holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Others, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Hoiliday Pet Adoptions
Concert |
A monumental eight-hour concert featuring performances of Leonard Bernstein’s most beloved works and some hidden gems. World premieres of new works by contemporary composers who were influenced by Bernstein’s work will add a unique element to the day. Curated and hosted by New York Festival of Song’s Michael Barrett as part of the worldwide “Bernstein at 100” celebration.  Come for any part of the marathon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Leonard Bernstein Marathon Concert
Staged Reading |
The Instant Shakespeare Company readings are set up to make Shakespeare accessible. The readings are usually without rehearsal, but they are on-your-feet Instant staged readings where the readers/actors move around as much as they feel comfortable. Readers are encouraged to share with their fellow readers and the audience so that the plays can exist as words and thoughts communicated through space, not just words on the page.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Staged Readings, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Cymbeline: Shakespeare Tragedy
Gallery Talk |
Exhibition designers Gabriel Burkett, Leong Leong and Chris Wu discuss the installation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem, and Modern Housing: A Guided Tour
Park Walk |
Once described as the lungs of the city, Central Park brings a breath of fresh air to New York's crowded urban terrain. What started out as the rocky and desolate northern fringes of a rapidly expanding city is today among the world's most famous and beloved public parks. With over 843 acres of meadows, hills, ball fields and bodies of water, it's impossible not to find something to enjoy in Central Park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Park Walks, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Central Park Tour - Lower Section
Tour |
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
Tour |
The tour explores the social and political history of the one of the most active and most famous squares in NYC through discussions about the people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped its surroundings. You’ll hear how the square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany & Co. once stood, and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on the famous sculpture and so much more! The tour takes place every Saturday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Crossroads of New York Tour
Workshop |
Speaker, trainer, and certified professional coach, Barbara Phillips, will share a practical overview of the key elements of a serious job search and tools for finding your “best fit” job.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Workshops, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Career Transition: Job Search 101
Screening |
Huang Wenhai and Zeng Jinyan are two important members of the Chinese independent documentary community that emerged in Beijing in the 1990s. The community has since flourished and transformed into a complex cluster of groups with diverse social, political, and aesthetic aspirations, as well as wider regional dispersal. Currently based in Hong Kong, veteran independent director Huang Wenhai (Dream Walking 2005, We 2008) and human rights activist, feminist scholar, blogger and filmmaker Zeng Jinyan (Prisoners in Freedom City, 2007), joined hands in making We the Workers (2017). The epic-scale film documents migrant workers of two generations in Southern China who have tried to organize themselves to protest against the unfair compensation and sub-human workingconditions that have been part of the price tag of the economic miracle in China.  2:00 pm -5:00 pm We the Workers, directed by Huang Wenhai and produced by Zeng Jinyan, 2007, 173 min. 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Panel discussion with Huang Wenhai, Zeng Jinyan, Prof. Angela Zito (Center for Religion and Media) and Prof. Feng-Mei Heberer (Cinema Studies), moderated by Prof. Zhen Zhang (Cinema Studies).
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Screenings, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, The Exilic Gaze and the Activist Lens: An Afternoon with Documentary Filmmakers Huang Wenhai and Zeng Jinyan
Film |
Stars: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts. A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. 127 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Films, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Destin Daniel Cretton's The Glass Castle (2017): Noncomformist Family
Play |
The Mobile Unit celebrates the 60th anniversary of its inaugural tour in 1957 which began with a production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Joseph Papp.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Plays, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, The Winter's Tale: Shakespeare Comedy Presented by the Public Theater's Mobile Unit
Classical Music |
Program: Samuel Barber (1910-1981) Sonata for Violincello and Piano, Op. 6 (1932) Aaron Copland (1900-1990) Appalachian Spring Suite (1944) The New York Classical Players launch a new season of “Encounters” concerts that explore the rich holdings of American chamber music in the archival collections. Each born in the first decade of the twentieth century, Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber matured as composers, while our country endured two world wars and the Depression.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
Free
Concerts, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, American Encounters: New Century Voices
Poetry Reading |
Travel through time with Anaïs Duplan, Chen Chen, Rajiv Mohabir and Monica Sok as they explore both history and futurity in our seventh edition of Poetry Poetry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
$5 suggested donation...
Poetry Readings, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, 4 Asian-American poets read from their work
Classical Music |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Concert on Water: Classical Music
Classical Music |
Forty-five minute organ meditations celebrating the diverse repertoire of the pipe organ. The program features the great repertoire of the organ on the 101-rank Pipe Organ built by Herman Schlicker and the 5 stop chamber organ built by Taylor and Boody Organ Builders. Takes place every Saturday from Sept. 9, 2017 to May 27, 2018.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Saturday Afternoon Organ Meditation
Festival |
At the monthly First Saturdays, thousands of visitors enjoy free programs of art and entertainment, including dynamic performances and participatory experiences.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
Free
Festivals, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, First Saturdays: Free Programs of Art and Entertainment
Book Reading |
The guests will discuss and read from a collection that brings together the best French Christmas stories of all time in an elegant and vibrant volume featuring classics by Guy de Maupassant and Alphonse Daudet, plus stories by Irène Némirovsky and contemporary writers Dominique Fabre and Jean-Philippe Blondel.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Book Readings, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Sandra Smith and Liesl Schillinger discuss their book A Very French Christmas
Discussion |
This hour-long pre-concert discussion is led by musicologists and scholars as they discuss the featured artist’s music and legacy, taking an in-depth look at their contributions to the genre. As a precursor to The Fabulous Dorsey Brothers concert with Peter and Will Anderson, this discussion looks at the music and career of The Dorsey Brothers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussions, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, The Fabulous Dorsey Brothers: A Pre-Concert Discussion
Dance Performance |
This one-hour version of the beloved holiday ballet performed to Tchaikovsky’s cherished score is set Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by longtime New York Theatre Ballet choreographer Keith Michael. Please note, seating for these popular performances is first come, first served and early arrival is strongly suggested.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, New York Theatre Ballet presents Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker
Tour |
It's time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year as Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers surely await you in this winter wonderland. Check them all our on our New York Holiday Lights Tour. Experience the holidays in the city as only New York can offer. Take advantage of the subway to beat the street traffic, keep warm and catch some underground holiday music. Learn about the artists and backgrounds to these wonderful displays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Tours, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Holiday Lights Tour
Tour |
When people think about holiday decorations in New York City, they usually think of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and the lavish store window displays. But some of the best sights to be seen are actually in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Starting in the 1980’s, Christmas started getting bigger and brighter out in Brooklyn with each passing year. Expect to see massive, professionally- done light displays (some costing upwards of $20,000!). There is an unspoken competition among the home owners in the neighborhood, so some have added huge lawn ornaments and motorized displays, making for a lavish holiday spectacle. Dyker Heights has truly become a “must-see” for many people during the holidays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Tours, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour
Book Reading |
The story of a woman’s late-life coming out and her struggle between sexuality, religion, family, and self.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Book Readings, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Sandra Worsham discusses her book Going to Wings: A Memoir About Late-Life Coming Out
Discussion |
This hour-long pre-concert discussion is led by musicologists and scholars as they discuss the featured artist’s music and legacy, taking an in-depth look at their contributions to the genre. As a precursor to The Blues Triangle concert with Steve Miller (of the Steve Miller Band), Jimmie Vaughan and Charlie Musselwhite, this discussion looks at the music of three essential blues hubs: Memphis, Texas, and Chicago.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Discussions, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, The Blues Triangle Featuring Rocker Steve Miller: A Pre-Concert Discussion
Concert |
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Ramon Carrero, viola 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Yifan Wang, piano 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Chamber Music Festival Concert V
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Concerts, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Student Recitals
Play |
The Mobile Unit celebrates the 60th anniversary of its inaugural tour in 1957 which began with a production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Joseph Papp.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Plays, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, The Winter's Tale: Shakespeare Comedy Presented by the Public Theater's Mobile Unit
Dance Performance |
Presented by the Second Avenue Dance Company.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
Free
Dance Performances, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Demember Dance Concert
Performance |
Writers in Performance is a 12-week writing and performance workshop hosted by BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, culminating in two public presentations. Throughout the course of the workshop, talented actors, playwrights, poets and storytellers have explored writing exercises, theater games, improvisation, movement techniques, and ensemble work in a safe, creative environment. This season, the theme and title of the Writers in Performance show is “In The Center.” Writers in Performance participants are diverse by design; not only in ethnicity, but by age, and experience as well, mixing professionals with students. The troupe will showcase the monologues and short scenes they have been crafting.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Performances, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Writers in Performance: In the Center
Concert |
Featuring student musicians participating in the prestigious Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Program.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Concerts, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Recital
Concert |
Program: David Lang The So-Called Laws of Nature Glen Kotche Wild Sound Peter Martin Bend David Skidmore Torched and Wrecked and more
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
Free
Concerts, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, NYU Percussion Chamber Music Ensemble
Concert |
With: NYU Men’s Glee Club, Modern Madrigals, and Chorale
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Concerts, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Fall Choral Concert
Classical Music |
A festive program of works by Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Scriabin , Piazzolla, and more, performed by NYPS concert pianists, who are professionals in fields other than music. The NYPS members  are select accomplished pianists who spend their working hours as doctors, architects, engineers, mathematicians, designers, police officers & more. Guest Artists: Simon Yates, baritone | Joseph Rosen, clarinet | Sonna Kim, cello 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Concerts, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, New York Piano Society Holiday Concert
Discussion |
This hour-long pre-concert discussion is led by musicologists and scholars as they discuss the featured artist’s music and legacy, taking an in-depth look at their contributions to the genre. As a precursor to The Fabulous Dorsey Brothers concert with Peter and Will Anderson, this discussion looks at the music and career of The Dorsey Brothers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 pm
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Discussions, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, The Fabulous Dorsey Brothers: A Pre-Concert Discussion
Concert |
Stella Chen, Violin
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 pm
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Concerts, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, Student Violin Recital
Jazz |
The Hendrik Helmer Trio is comprised of Geoff Burke, George Papageorge and Hendrik Helmer.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 pm
$5
Concerts, December 02, 2017, 12/02/2017, The Hendrik Helmer Trio
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