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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on December 7, 2023?

39 free events take place on Thursday, December 7 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 7 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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39 free things to do in New York City (NYC) on Thursday, December 7, 2023

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Workshop | Fitness Yoga Class


Experience something new or enhance your yoga practice with instructors from Chelsea Piers Fitness. A complimentary, hour-long Vinyasa Flow classes in the Maker's Studio and start your day with a bit of balance. Make sure to bring your own mat. All levels are welcome.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 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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Tour | Tour of New York City Hall


One of the oldest continuously used City Halls in the nation that still houses its original governmental functions, New York's City Hall is considered one of the finest architectural achievements of its period. Constructed from 1803 to 1812, the building was an early expression of the City's cosmopolitanism. City Hall is a designated New York City landmark, and its rotunda is a designated interior landmark as well.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:00 am
Free

Tour | Garment District Tour: Factories, Gangsters, Labor Unions and More


Hear an unusual perspective from somebody who spent the greater portion of his life working in the GARMENT industry. You will learn how the apparel industry developed in NYC through the years, and how it came to be located in its current District. Watch the development of the industry from sweatshops in the old tenement buildings on the Lower East Side, to giant factories in China and Bangladesh. See how immigrants were the backbone of the industry and in NYC, still are. Five minute flow chart "From Fibers To Garment". Learn about Calvin, Ralph and Oscar, as well as Labor Unions and Gangsters. A Factory Visit When Available. See "The Garment Worker'' by Judith Weller, The Fashion Walk of Fame. The Giant Button and Needle artwork on Seventh Ave. And much more. Rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
10:30 am
Free

Film | Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) Starring Judy Garland


Meet Me in St. Louis is a classic MGM romantic musical comedy that focuses on four sisters on the cusp of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. The film spotlights the sisters' education in the ways of the world, which includes, but isn't limited to, learning about life and love, courtesy of the prototypical boy next door. In the end, love — accompanied by song, dance and period costumes, all in glorious Technicolor — conquers all. Director: Vincente Minnelli Cast:  Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor, Lucille Bremer, Tom Drake, Marjorie Main Judy Garland was an American actress and singer. She attained international stardom and critical acclaim as an actress in both musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on the concert stage. Renowned for her versatility, she received an Academy Juvenile Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Special Tony Award. Garland was the first woman to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, which she won for her 1961 live recording titled Judy at Carnegie Hall.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Lecture | The Spiritual Life of Social Movements (in-person and online)


This talk is a chance to think together about the spiritual dimensions of current social movements. Mainstream conceptions of political activism tend to emphasize improving material conditions. Of course, this is foundational to any liberation project. Missing from these accounts, however, is a serious attention to and appreciation for the spiritual forces that animate quests to transform society. From climate activism and the modern abolition movement to labor organizing and global solidarity struggles, some activists are yearning to transform hearts and minds as much as public policies and political agendas. There seems to be a growing awareness that, to riff on Detroit organizer Grace Lee Boggs: to remake the world we must transform ourselves and to transform ourselves we must remake the world. Speaker: nyle fort
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:15 pm
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Classical Music | Bach at Noon (In Person and Online)


Take a momentary respite from a busy day to enjoy a selection of organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach in an intimate venue.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:20 pm
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Concert | Holiday Harmonies


Celebrate the holiday season with a lunchtime concert featuring talented local musicians performing a variety of seasonal favorites. Featured Musicians: The guitar duo Aerial Acoustics has been delighting audiences for over 25 years with their spirited original and cover instrumentals. Described as "electrifyingly acoustic," Dorothy Wagner and Dennis Smith play complex arrangements of classic tunes, as well as original compositions, infused with elements of rock, jazz, classical and Spanish guitar.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
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Gallery Talk | Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North (online)


Through over 120 remarkable works including paintings, needlework, and works on paper from from the late seventeenth century to the mid-nineteenth century, the exhibition Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North shares the untold stories of Black experience in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. In this program, exhibition curators Emelie Gevalt, RL Watson and Sadé Ayorinde walk us through the exhibition, reconsidering a selection of early American objects and archives with Black visibility in mind.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Talk | Finding Joy, Passion and Purpose Through Photography (online)


Sony's Chris Orwig discusses why practicing the craft of photography matters more than ever. Discover a deeper connection to your craft and create your best work by reconnecting with the real reason photography matters. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Classical Music | Works for Violin, Flute, Bassoon, and More (In Person AND Online)


Jimmy Drancsak, violin; Mei Stone, flute & recorder; Morgan Davison, bassoon; and Hanbyeol Lee, harpsichord, perform works from Italy, France, Germany, and Scotland.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:15 pm
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Book Discussion | The Money Kings: The Epic Story of the Jewish Immigrants Who Transformed Wall Street and Shaped Modern America (online)


Author Daniel Schulman and UC Riverside's Michael Alexander explore the captivating narrative of German-Jewish immigrants who transformed modern finance and the stock market in America. Arriving with little, they rose from peddling trinkets to founding global giants like Goldman Sachs, Kuhn Loeb, and Lehman Brothers. Their clashes and collaborations with industrial magnates like J.P. Morgan shaped America's financial destiny, capitalizing industries, and underwriting giants such as General Motors and Macy's.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:00 pm
Free

Talk | Artist Talk: Projecting Tradition into the Future in Three Solo Works


Jen Shyu will offer an inside look into her process behind research, composition, and improvisation that led to her three of her solo ritual-theater-music works: Solo Rites: Seven Breaths (2014) directed by Garin Nugroho; and Nine Doors (2017) and Zero Grasses: Ritual for the Losses (2019), both directed by Alexandru Mihail. These works were inspired by 20+ years of study of traditional music and dance from five countries, including epic storytelling and East Coast shaman music from South Korea; music from East and West Timor; Hengchun Folk Song with moon lute from Taiwan; Ledhekan, which combines Javanese dance with improvisational singing from Indonesia; and the "speaking-the-song" or "katari" with Japanese biwa, the rare 4-stringed instrument originally used by monks and priests.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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3:00 pm
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Discussion | Reporting About Russia Amid Repression and Censorship (in-person and online)


A conversation with Sergei Smirnov, Ksenia Zhivago, and Alexander Borodikhin, all of Mediazona. Moderated by Ann Cooper. During these times of war, political oppression, and intense military censorship, the work of independent Russian news media is more challenging than ever—professionally, personally, organizationally, and logistically.” Launched in 2014 by Pussy Riot, Mediazona anticipated the growing grip of autocracy on Russian public life, covering the criminal justice system and the intensifying political trials. The invasion of Ukraine escalated the severity of cruelty and injustice, affecting people both outside and inside of Russia’s borders. As the Russian news media restructured their operations in exile, Mediazona remains one of the few outlets who maintains presence in the country, actively covering trials, reporting on the Kremlin’s wide-ranging abuses, and publishing investigations into the casualties in Ukraine despite challenges and threats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Lecture | The Geography of American Income Inequality (in-person and online)


Speaker Franziska Disslbacher is Assistant Professor at Vienna University of Economics and Business.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Performance | Winter Live Theatre Night


Enjoy a winter live theatre night. Immerse yourself in the world of live art with performances that showcase the talents of local artists, bringing the streets of Flatiron and NoMad to life.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:30 pm
Free

Opening Reception | Designing Reentry: Transforming Spaces for a Fresh Start


An exhibition of work by 24 BFA Interior Design: Built Environments students.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Concert | Gospel Chorus Ensemble


Various styles of gospel music ranging from traditional to urban contemporary will be featured, with student performers showcasing the phrasing, stamina and three-part singing needed to achieve the authentic sound of gospel music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free

Book Discussion | When Crack Was King: A People’s History of a Misunderstood Era


Author Donovan X. Ramsey and L’Heureux Lewis-Mcoy in conversation to discuss lessons learned from the crack epidemic and what we owe survivors of the crack era.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Book Discussion | Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics (and Everything Else)


“Identity politics” is everywhere, polarizing discourse from the campaign trail to the classroom and amplifying antagonisms in the media, both online and off. But the compulsively referenced phrase bears little resemblance to the concept as first introduced by the radical Black feminist Combahee River Collective. While the Collective articulated a political viewpoint grounded in their own position as Black lesbians with the explicit aim of building solidarity across lines of difference, identity politics is now frequently weaponized as a means of closing ranks around ever-narrower conceptions of group interests. But the trouble, author Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò deftly argues, is not with identity politics itself. Through a substantive engagement with the global Black radical tradition and a critical understanding of racial capitalism, Táíwò identifies the process by which a radical concept can be stripped of its political substance and liberatory potential by becoming the victim of elite capture—deployed by political, social, and economic elites in the service of their own interests.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Exposure 2: Group Exhibition


Artists: Lucky CheckleyoLiz DeMayooDebra MagidoAyano MatsumaeoStephen MohnoMitsuya OkumuraoYasuko OkumuraoMelanie RoheroAna Sikat
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussion | Les Arts Florissants: A Discussion of the Chamber Opera-Ballet by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (online)


Using video excerpts, Catherine Turocy and James Richman share insights into their research, telling amusing anecdotes along the way. Created in 1685, Les Arts Florissants was originally written for the Duchesse de Guise in Paris, who led an intellectual and artistic salon where Charpentier was the composer-in-residence. Conducted by James Richman with the Dallas Bach Society Chamber Orchestra, which he heads, and choreography and direction by Catherine Turocy, with dancers of The New York Baroque Dance Company, of which she is the artistic director, this period movement production is costumed in historical style. Turocy and Richman were both decorated by the French Republic for their groundbreaking work in bringing back French opera-ballet as an influence on today's stages. Using video excerpts from a recent production, they share insights into their research, telling amusing anecdotes along the way.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
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Screening | Nowhere Apparent (2023)


Dancer Jack Ferver stars in a dance film, Nowhere Apparent, by filmmaker Jeremy Jacob that creates a kaleidoscopic world of queer isolation, theatricality, and abandonment in response to disappeared parental figures and the failed response to the AIDS crisis. Both Ferver and Jacob were Dance Research Fellows with the Jerome Robbins Dance Division in 2019, working with the Division’s AIDS Legacy Project. A screening of the film will be followed by a conversation between the two artists. Registration required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talk | Artist Talk: Alchemy of Adornment (online)


Artist Amber Cowan talks about her work and solo exhibition, Alchemy of Adornment. Cowan integrates her own blown and flameworked elements with pressed factory glass to create lush wall installations and free-standing sculptures.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Lecture | Artist Talk: Realism and Relevance


Using the premise of the true and historical definition of “Realism,” Garin Baker will discuss and examine various forms of contemporary realist painting and sculpture, decretive, stylized, and or symbolic. Should work that is merely representationally in form garner the definition of Realism? Or does Realism connotate works that are seemingly rare in our contemporary art world representing an objective truth about the times in which we live?  Are these works relevant in our times? Does the future of Representational Painting in our modern world allow for diversity of vision and narrative works that move past the rigid mold of contemporary classical realism now so celebrated as a singular voice? These and many other questions will be raised and surely a lively discussion will ensue. Born in 1961 in New York City, speaker Garin Baker was raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. With a strong focus on working from life, his works include complex compositions to simple figure studies. His works are a poignant testament to his unwavering dedication to storytelling. Each brushstroke serves as a vessel for conveying the intricate nuances of contemporary life. An artist who upholds the torch of Traditional Realism in its truest form. Baker breathes life into his subjects, capturing not only their physical forms but also the essence of the human experience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Festival | Holiday Lights Celebration in the Park


Kick off the holiday season and celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. Observe the lighting of the Battery Park City Menorah and help count down the illumination of the Battery Park City Holiday Tree. The festive evening will feature lively carols, beverages and treats, and special guest appearances including Sam Primack from Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen, and a visit from you-know-who!
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free

Poetry Reading | Poetry Readings and Open Mic


Witness contemporary, groundbreaking work by featured poets Flannery Maeve Rollins and Mark Faunlagui and stay for an open mic afterwards to share your own work or hear from others. Signups for the open mic are first come, first served, and doors will open at 5:45. About the Featured Guests Mark Faunlagui's work has appeared in Fence, The Corduroy Mtn, The New Engagement, Assaracus, Broken Lens Journal. On Some HispanoLuso Miniaturists, his first book of poems, was published by 1913 Press, and is the first installment in the projected Third World Lover Trilogy (02/Majnun and 03/Porn W/Out Sex). Mark's work has oscillated between the minimalist to the baroque; from work in the Modernist vein of William Carlos Williams, Frank O'Hara, and Robert Lax, to recent experiments in traditional forms such as sonnets, ghazals, pantuns, and Skeltonics. Though seemingly "apolitical," the poems are always aware of the systems of power that allow—or constrain—our use of language. Flannery Maeve Rollins is an educator and poet from New Jersey. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Rutgers-Newark. Her work has previously appeared in The Louisville Review, Crooked Arrow Press, and poets.org.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Opening Reception | Javi Alvarez: Nue


Visionary photographer Javi Alvarez presents an exclusive preview of the photographic project which consists of a series of exquisite artistic nude photographs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Poetry Reading | Dominus: Poems on the Immigrant Experience in America


Tiffany Troy her newest book, a debut full-length poetry collection exploring themes of justice and oppression, hope and futility, with the plight of the immigrant experience in America at its heart.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussion | Straw Dogs of the Universe: Chinese Immigrant in the Old West (online)


Ye Chun's highly anticipated novel is a sweeping historical story of the American West from the little-seen perspective of those who helped to build it. It traces the story of one Chinese father and his young daughter, desperate to find him against all odds.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussion | Censorship Town Hall with a well known journalist Matt Taibbi


Come to argue about free speech and censorship. There will be a presentation on censorship-by-proxy and how it traces back to the War on Terror years. Digital censorship will be discussed. Please bring your questions. Matt Taibbi (age 53) is an American author, journalist, and podcaster. He has reported on finance, media, politics, and sports. A former contributing editor for Rolling Stone, he is the author of several books, co-host of Useful Idiots, and publisher of the Racket News (formerly TK News) on Substack.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free

Classical Music | Celebrate Chanukah with Rachmaninoff, Haydn, and More (online)


Phoenix Chamber Ensemble pianists Vassa Shevel and Inessa Zaretsky and guest artists Anna Elashvili on violin, Raman Ramakrishnan on cello, and Ivan Filipchyk on accordion. The concert will begin with Lullaby by Sephardic composer Paul Ben-Haim in memory of the terror victims in Israel. The program will include pieces by Rachmaninoff, Bach, Haydn, and Piazolla, and the concert will conclude with Yemei HaChanukah in celebration of the first night of the holiday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Classical Music | Chamber Music


MSM Chorale; MSM Chamber Choir; Deborah Simpkin King and Malcolm Merriweather, Directors.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Dance Performance | December Dance Concert


Featuring the Second Avenue Dance Company. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Concert | Favorite Chinese Albums from the 20s to Now


Pulling from the ever-growing archive of her Chinatown Records personal history project, the multi-hyphenate educator-DJ-cultural organizer YiuYiu lovingly presents a selection of favorite Chinese albums inherited from family and neighbors. With songs dating from the present day and as far back as the 1920s, YiuYiu sets the stage for a time-traveling deep dive into Mandopop and Cantopop LPs. Merging art, music, and oral history, YiuYiu builds her practice around the belief that we are all storytellers. Her work aims to open up and cultivate communities as classrooms and living rooms, where we can look to our loved ones to pass down, learn, and celebrate histories together. This will be an intimate, intergenerational sonic history set.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Classical Music | Orchestral Works by Mahler and Prokofiev


The Doctors Orchestral Society of New York. Program Mahler (1860-1911), First Symphony Prokofiev (1891-1953), Lt. Kije Suite
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
Free

Master Class | Piano Master Class


Piano Master Class with Kyle Walker.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Comedy Club | Bomb Shelter Comedy Show


Bomb Shelter is a free weekly comedy show in New York City where you'll find some of the best comedians performing. Expect free pizza. With: Ed McGowan - Working Classholes podcast Chloe LeBranch - New York Comedy Club Spencer Wright - Pre-Game Comedy Show Vik Pandya - LMAFO Comedy
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Classical Music | Violin Works Based in Portuguese Music


Eliseu Silva, violin, performs original compositions based in Portuguese music.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:30 pm
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