Free, Live Performances Celebrating the 11th Annual Mayor’s Holiday return Thursday, December 4, 12:00pm - 12:30pm at the BosTix Booth in Copley Square.
Urban Nutcracker, presented by Tony Wiliams Dance Center
Live dance performance by CJ “Snap Boogie’’ Andrade who played the role of Omar in the original production, and has since danced as a finalist on America’s Got Talent.
Anthony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker, Boston’s original holiday classic, is back for its 13th season and packed with more magic for the whole family. Fusing Tchaikovsky’s classic score with Duke Ellington’s jazz interpretation, Urban Nutcracker puts a modern spin on the 19th century fairy tale and transports the audience to an enchanted world not unlike their own. Urban Nutcracker delivers classic ballet, urban tap, hip hop, swing, flamenco, step, jazz, traditional Chinese, modern and a few other surprises that will have your family on the edge of their seats. In addition to "Snap Boogie," Krumper Russell Ferguson, who won So You Think You Can Dance, also returns to do the famous Face-Off with his former mentor, Khalid Hill. Khalid was featured in Savion Glover’s Off-Broadway show Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk.
Handel and Haydn Society
A pair of trumpeters heralding in the holiday season on period instruments.
Celebrating its Bicentennial Season, Handel and Haydn Society is considered America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization and a national leader in both music performance and education. Recently completing its 400th performance of Handel Messiah, holiday traditions continue on December 18 and 21 with the intimate A Bach Christmas, full of choral gems such as Bach’s Cantata 40 and the Cantata IV from the Christmas Oratorio. On December 13 at Faneuil Hall’s Great Hall, Handel and Haydn Society once again performs the family-friendly Holiday Sing, a participatory program for all ages.