Photos courtesy of Adriana Lopetrone

The music. The lyrics. The costumes. There’s nothing like a holiday concert. It reinforces tradition, enhances family love, and brings a community together.

The second and third weeks of December constitute the peak season for this kind of gig, and some of NYC’s best performances will take place in Queens. The following is a chronological guide to seasonal shows in the borough.

  • The Corona Youth Music Orchestra, which has roughly 200 members, will present its annual Concert of Light at Queens Museum on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. The theme from “Star Wars is in the program, along with Leopold Mozart’s “Toy Symphony,” and Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ “Andante Festivo,” a piece composed to be broadcast via short wave radio from Finland to the 1939 New York World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
  • Celebrating its 75th anniversary season, the Queens College Choral Society will present an evening of songs by Baroque masters at Colden Auditorium, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing, on Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. The program will include “Autumn” and “Winter” from Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Magnificat,” and “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah.”
  • The Oratorio Society of Queens will join the host venue’s Sacred Music Society to offer a Christmas Concert at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, Ascan Avenue and Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills, on Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. With maestro David Close as the conductor, the show will feature classical music and seasonal favorites such as Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” “Gesù Bambino,” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”
  • The Astoria Music Society will present Dorian Baroque Orchestra’s Beautiful Winter at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 23-25 Newtown Ave. in Astoria, on Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. The program will highlight some of the period’s most famous composers — Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Georg Frederik Handel — as well as more obscure geniuses, such as Holland’s Pieter Hellendaal, and the 20th century English master Ralph Vaughan Williams.
  • The Oratorio Society of Queens will also present a concert with the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave. in Bayside, on Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. David Close will conduct, and the 125-plus-member chorus will do portions of Handel’s “Messiah,” as well as traditional Christmas favorites and Chanukah songs. At on juncture, Cantor Jerry Korobow will play guitar and lead the entire group in a lively version of “Nun Gimel/Chanukah, O Chanukah.” At another juncture, the audience will be summoned to participate during the traditional carol “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”

Along with these concerts, the Queens Library will also be offering free opportunities to enjoy the sounds of the season, whether classical or secular, at various of its branches throughout the borough.


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