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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 2, 2023?

33 free events take place on Saturday, December 2 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out December 2 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of December . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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33 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Saturday, December 2, 2023

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Film | 9 to 5 (1980) with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton


An office satire about three female secretaries who decide to get revenge on their tyrannical, sexist boss by abducting him and running the business themselves. The trio, one of whom has been passed over for promotion because she is a woman, spends a night together having drug-induced fantasies of killing the slave-driving chauvinist. One of them panics the following day when she suspects she really has poisoned the tyrant. Director: Colin Higgins Cast: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman, Elizabeth Wilson, Sterling Hayden Jane Fonda is an American actress and activist. Recognized as a film icon, Fonda is the recipient of various accolades including two Academy Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, the AFI Life Achievement Award, and more. Lily Tomlin is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer. Tomlin started her career in stand-up comedy and sketch comedy before transitioning her career as an actress on stage and screen. In a career spanning over fifty years Tomlin has received numerous accolades including seven Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, and two Tony Awards. Dolly Parton is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actress, philanthropist, and businesswoman, known primarily for her decades-long career in country music. After achieving success as a songwriter for others, Parton made her album debut in 1967 with Hello, I'm Dolly, which led to success during the remainder of the 1960s (both as a solo artist and with a series of duet albums with Porter Wagoner), before her sales and chart peak came during the 1970s and continued into the 1980s.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 am
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Symposium | In Common: Romare Bearden and New Approaches to Art, Race & Economy


Two generations after the passing of American icon Romare Bearden in 1988, The New School’s Institute on Race, Power, and Political Economy and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, the Romare Bearden Foundation, and The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University combine forces to examine Bearden’s legacy under three distinct lenses: the impact of his activist work, especially his prints; the role of music in both his practice at large and the activist projects; and the resonance of his oeuvre in contemporary art making. The multi-tier initiative In Common: Romare Bearden and New Approaches to Art, Race & Economy consists of a three-day symposium. Featuring contemporary creative works and perspectives from socially-conscious, politically engaged BIPOC artists and commentators, the symposium will draw on Bearden’s activist legacy to spotlight the potent, yet still-too-rarely-acknowledged relationships between race, culture, economy, and the Common Good. Through plenary discussions, live performances, and a striking new exhibition, we will investigate the themes of purposeful creativity, the artist as activist, BIPOC leadership in creative culture and economy, and much more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Tour | 13 Tours, All City Neighborhoods, Any Time Of The Day, Choose One Tour Or Many -- Includes Holiday Lights Tour


These free tours take place at various times during the day, all day long. You can make reservations for as many tours as your schedule allows. SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights + DUMBO 3 Hour Lower Manhattan Harlem Chelsea and the High Line 6 Hour Downtown Combined Greenwich Village Central Park Lower Manhattan Midtown Manhattan Grand Central Terminal Graffiti and Street Art Tours World Trade Center Holiday Lights Tour
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Opening Reception | Daniel R. Clurman: Feminino


Explore the vibrant world of art at this exciting in-person event. Immerse yourself in the captivating works of Daniel R. Clurman, an acclaimed artist known for his unique style and thought-provoking pieces. Experience the power of art as it celebrates femininity and showcases the diverse perspectives of women through Clurman's masterful strokes. This exhibit promises to be a visual feast that will leave you inspired and captivated. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with the local art community and appreciate the beauty of Feminino.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Film | Residue (2020): Returning to an Unrecognizable Hometown


A young filmmaker returns home after many years away to write a script about his childhood, only to find his neighborhood unrecognizable and his childhood friends being scattered to the wind. Director: Merawi Gerima Stars: Obinna Nwachukwu, Dennis Lindsey, Taline Stewart 90 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Open Studios | Open Studios


Connect with LMCC’s Arts Center artists-in-residence. Visit artists in their studios, where they will share their practice, works-in-progress and time-based presentations throughout the day. Session 2 Artists-in-Residence include: Bobby Abate, Faustine Badrichani, Michele Brody, Mitsuko Brooks, Monica Duncan & Senem Pirler, Teresa Fellion, Sika Foyer, Camila Galaz, Sarah Hakani, Nattie Trogdon & Hollis Bartlett, Jess Levey, Ronit Levin Delgado, Gregory Mills, Farah Mohammad, Dario Mohr, Javier Piñero, Stephanie Powell, Andres Senra, and DW Zinsser.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:00 pm
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Dance Performance | The Nutcracker: Tchiakovsky's Beloved Holiday Ballet


Experience a performance set to Tchaikovsky’s cherished score in Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by long-time New York Theatre Ballet choreographer Keith Michael.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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City Walk | Lower East Side Gallery Walk


Check out many small art galleries in the area. They may also visit galleries further downtown if anything interesting is on view. 2 miles at an easy pace. Leader: Sarina Meones.
   New York City, NY; NYC
1:00 pm
$5

City Walk | Morningside Heights End to End Walk


2 miles slow walking for about 2.5 hours. Highlight include Start monuments of George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, Grant's Tomb, area colleges, parks, and beautiful apartment buildings.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:30 pm
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Poetry Reading | 14th Annual PoetryFest


A step away from the din of Midtown—and a haven from devices and other distractions—PoetryFest sets its own pace for an exchange of emotions and ideas through the words of bards from both sides of the Atlantic. In this engaging “literary revelry” (New Yorker) curated by Nick Laird, we configure our flexible theatre into its most intimate setting for readings and conversations that celebrate the poet’s capacity to sculpt words into breathtaking visions of our world. 2pm // Elisa Gonzalez  3:30pm // Tara Bergin and Timothy Donnelly 5pm // Sara Berkeley and Terrance Hayes
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | Barbie (2023) with Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, and More


Barbie and Ken are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, when they get a chance to go to the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans. Director: Greta Gerwig Cast: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Rhea Perlman, Will Ferrell Margot Robbie is an Australian actress and producer. Known for her work in both blockbuster and independent films, she has received various awards and nominations, including nominations for two Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, and five British Academy Film Awards. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2017 and she was ranked as one of the world's highest-paid actresses by Forbes in 2019. Ryan Gosling is a Canadian actor. Prominent in both independent film and major studio features of varying genres, his films have accrued a worldwide box office gross of over 1.9 billion USD. He has received various accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, and nominations for two Academy Awards and a BAFTA Award.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Screening | Meltem (2019)


A year after the death of her mother, Elena, a young Frenchwoman of Greek origin, returns to her home on the island of Lesbos. She is accompanied by her friends Nassim and Sekou, two young suburbanites more accustomed to city benches than to heavenly beaches. But the holidays are disrupted by the meeting with Elyas, a young Syrian refugee recently on the island, which changes the fate of Elena and her friends. The screening will be followed by a conversation and Q&A with Basile Doganis, Meltem's director joining virtually from Greece, and Jimmy Demetro, Director of Hellenic Film Society USA.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Discussion | Capturing Times Square


Artist Jane Dickson and scholar Lynne Sagalyn discuss how they have made Times Square—one of New York’s most iconic, mutable, and perplexing places—a central focus of their work. Author, architect, and filmmaker James Sanders moderates.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Jazz | Jazz & Samba Conversations


Brazilian drummer Sam Martinelli, presents a Brazilian Jazz concert featuring guest Scott Robinson, one of today’s most wide-ranging instrumentalists who has been heard with Paquito D’Rivera, Lionel Hampton, Buck Clayton, Maria Schneider Orchestra, and many others. Scott was selected by the US State Department to be a Jazz Ambassador for 2001, and has been awarded four fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, and participated in a number of Grammy-nominated recordings. Brazilian music and Jazz have a long history of music integration, especially after the Bossa Nova movement that took place in Rio in the late 50s and spread throughout the world after the Carnegie Hall concert in 1962, where Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto, and many others were presented to the world. Jazz and Brazilian musicians always had respect and appreciation for one another, and this performance is part of a series of interviews and concerts that Mr. Martinelli is developing with the goal of keeping this beautiful cultural exchange between these two music cultures – Jazz, a truly American art, and Samba, a truly Brazilian art.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Concert | MFA Performance Showcase


An evening of performances by current MFA artists situated inside of the Cosmococa installations. Come see a series of artistic interventions fifty years in the making. Light refreshments will be provided. Featuring performances by: Danielle Alhassid with Chanan Ben Simon Marvin Brown & Ali Motamedi Lele Dai Alex Schmidt with Karewith Casas
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Film | All Hands on Deck: A Modern-Day High Seas Adventure to the Far Side of the World


A live-narrated film screening aboard an 1885 tall ship. An immersive event where you'll become part of the captivating journey of a diverse crew of 30 passionate individuals, including narrator Will Sofrin. This fearless team set sail on a daring voyage, tasked with transporting a replica of the 18th century warship Rose from its home in Newport, Rhode Island, to the bustling heart of Hollywood for use in the 2003 film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. See how the crew effectively went back in time to bring to life the old ways of the maritime world, and their hard work on the high seas.  The documentary illustrates the full experience, including an actual dismasting of the ship––which we will see while on Wavertree, who experienced a dismasting that ended her sailing career. You will be on the edge of your seat as we watch the crew confront unpredictable storm-tossed seas.  The film runs for 32 minutes, offering an intense and captivating narrative.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:30 pm
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Film | Kiss Me Deadly (1955): Mickey Spillane's Private Eye


A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit". Director: Robert Aldrich Stars: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart 106 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Jazz | Jazz and World Music Festival


Jazz ensembles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Dance Lesson | Revelations Around the World: Learn Alvin Ailey Choreography (online)


The fourth annual Revelations Around the World Workshop has dancers from all over the world coming together to learn excerpts of choreography from Ailey’s signature masterpiece, Revelations.  Since its premiere in 1960, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations has been a lasting cultural treasure beloved by people from around the world. This enduring classic is a tribute to that tradition, born out of the choreographer’s “blood memories” of his childhood in rural Texas and the Baptist Church. Revelations has been performed continuously around the globe, transcending barriers of faith and nationality, and appealing to universal emotions, making it one of the most recognized ballets in the world.  This workshop will be led by Ailey Extension director and former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer, Lisa Johnson-Willingham. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:30 pm
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Classical Music | Viaggio in Italia: Masters for Wind Quintet


Program: Nino Rota (1911-1979) Petite Offrande Musicale Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) Quartet No. 1 in F major "Di piacer mi balza il cor" from La gazza ladra for soprano and wind quintet Luciano Berio (1925-2003) Opus Number Zoo Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) Gli Uccelli (arr. by T. Cramer) Sylvan Winds are: Ginevra Petrucci, flute, guest artist Svjetlana Kabalin, flute Kathy Halvorson, oboe Nuno Antunes, clarinet Gina Cuffari, bassoon, soprano Zohar Schondorf, horn Light refreshments will be served.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:30 pm
Free

Book Discussion | Innards: Stories by Magogodi oaMphela Makhene


Magogodi oaMphela Makhene will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Harding (author of This Other Eden), talking about her new book, Innards: Stories. This incendiary debut of linked stories narrates the everyday lives of Soweto residents, from the early years of apartheid to its dissolution and beyond. Set in Soweto, the urban heartbeat of South Africa, Innards tells the intimate stories of everyday black folks processing the savagery of apartheid with grit, wit, and their own distinctive bewildering humor. Rich with the thrilling textures of township language and life, it braids the voices and perspectives of an indelible cast of characters into a breathtaking collection flush with forgiveness, rage, ugliness, and beauty. Meet a fake PhD and ex-freedom fighter who remains unbothered by his own duplicity, a girl who goes mute after stumbling upon a burning body, twin siblings nursing a scorching feud, and a woman unraveling under the weight of a brutal encounter with the police. At the heart of these stories about deceit and ambition, appalling violence, familial turmoil, and love is South Africa’s history of slavery, colonization, and apartheid. Like many Americans today, Innards’ characters must navigate the shadows of the recent past alongside the uncertain opportunities of the promised land.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concert | Chamber Music on the Water


A one hour performance (no intermission), including a Q & A session with the musicians. The program is announced at the performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Classical Music | Serene organ meditations in an intimate venue (In Person AND Online)


Enjoy a program of hymns, anthems, and voluntaries for the organ.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Festival | Tree Lighting on the Hudson


Celebrate the season with a holiday tree lighting, live music, decoration making, and hot chocolate (while supplies last). Tree lighting at 5:30pm.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Latinisimo: Home Recipes from the Twenty-One Countries of Latin America


A conversation with journalist and cookbook writer Sandra A. Guitierrez to celebrate her new encyclopedic cookbook celebrating Latin American home cooking--the first to cover the day-to-day home cooking of all twenty-one nations--by one of the most respected authorities on the subject. In this monumental work, Gutierrez shares more than three hundred everyday dishes--plus countless variations--that home cooks everywhere will want to replicate. Divided by ingredient--Beans, Corn, Yuca, Quinoa, and almost two dozen more--and featuring an extensive pantry section that establishes the fundamentals of Latin American cooking, Latinisimo brings together real recipes from home cooks in Argentina, Brazil, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Jazz | Jazz and World Music Festival


Jazz ensembles.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Film | My Sex Life...or How I Got into an Argument (1996): French Comedy-Drama


Paul Dedalus is at a crossroads in his life. He has to make several decisions; should he complete his doctorate, does he want to become a full professor, does he really love his long-standing girlfriend, or should he re-start with one of his other lovers? Is he avoiding the despairing life his father can't escape from? Director: Arnaud Desplechin Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Devos, Emmanuel Salinger 178 min.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Opening Reception | The Same Room: Group Show


With: Julie Becker | Casey Bolding | Sylvie Hayes-Wallace | Emma Schwartz | Cal Siegel | Madeleine Ray Hines | Sara Yukiko Mon
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Concert | Chamber Music on the Water


A one hour performance (no intermission), including a Q & A session with the musicians. The program is announced at the performance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Dance Performance | The Nutcracker: Tchiakovsky's Beloved Holiday Ballet


Experience a performance set to Tchaikovsky’s cherished score in Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by long-time New York Theatre Ballet choreographer Keith Michael.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Dance Performance | With Marion: A Choreographer Honors Her Great Aunt


In this new evening-length work, choreographer Leslie Cuyjet mines family archives and narratives to refract her own notion of selfhood. With Marion is built from memories of and research about Cuyjet's great aunt Marion Cuyjet, a pioneer of dance education for students of color in the 1950s. In a densely mediated performance environment, Cuyjet builds video loops in real time combining archival footage with her own pre-recorded and live-captured video. Questioning the proximity of objects and self, Cuyjet assembles a fragmented, unstable repository of the past in order to redirect a future out from under its thumb. Leslie Cuyjet is an award-winning choreographer and performer whose work aims to conjure life-long questions of identity, confuse and disrupt traditional narratives, and demonstrate the angsty, explosive, sensitive, pioneering excellence of the Black woman. Since 2004, her tenure in the New York dance world is decorated with performances and collaborations, both formal and informal; with contemporaries, legends, and counterparts; on rooftops, good and bad floors, and alleyways; on stage, in film, art, on tour, and on the fly.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Classical Music | 20th Century Orchestral Works


New York Repertory Orchestra; Matt Goeke, cello. Program Charles Ives (1874-1954), The Unanswered Question Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996), Cello Concerto Ruth Gipps (1921-1999), Symphony No. 3
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Classical Music | Violin Works by Mozart and More (In Person AND Online)


Sam Parrini, Violin. Program Mozart (1756-1791), Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Minor, K. 304 Andrea Casarrubios, La Libertad se Levantó Llorando / Liberty Rose Weeping César Franck (1822-1890), Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 pm
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