(New Brunswick, NJ) -— State Theatre's December schedule is packed with something for everyone. Early December events include New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, Christ Church Choir, and Coro Lirico in a performance of G.F. Handel's MESSIAH(12/2/11); The Beach Boys Christmas (12/3/11); Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and The Pied Pipers (12/4/11); Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2011 (12/7/11); a screening of the opera Don Giovanni captured live in HD from La Scala in Milan (12/8/11); and Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell in Home for the Holidays with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (12/9/11).
Other December performances include comedian Brian Regan (12/10/11); Steve Solomon in My Mother is Italian, My Father is Jewish & I'm Home for the Holidays (12/11/11); American Repertory Ballet's The Nutcracker (12/17-12/18/11); Grammy® Award-winner Kenny Rogers in an evening of classic Christmas songs and his most famous hits (12/19/11); and a reunion of the three original Irish Tenors accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra (12/21/11). Rounding out the month is the New Year's Eve extravaganza Salute to Vienna, featuring dancers, soloists, and the Strauss Symphony of America (12/31/11).
Presented by State Theatre and New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra
Fri, December 2, 2011 at 8pm
Featuring: Christ Church Choir, Coro Lirico, New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra with Conductor John Sheridan, soprano Marvis Martin (Metropolitan Opera, Porgy and Bess), alto Leah Summers (Opera Colorado, Dallas Opera), tenor Jorge Garza (Center City Opera Theater, Connecticut Grand Opera), and baritone Keith Spencer (Carnegie Hall)
Tickets are $32.
The Beach Boys Christmas
Presented by State Theatre and AM Productions
Sat, December 3, 2011 at 8pm
For more than three decades, The Beach Boys have been one of America's most beloved groups, and this Christmas the Boys are back with an evening of their most famous hits and some Christmas favorites. Line-up includes Mike Love (lead vocals), Bruce Johnston (keys, vocals), John Cowsill (drums, vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keys), Randell Kirsch (bass, vocals), Scott Totten (guitars, vocals), and Christian Love (guitars, vocals).Tickets range from $35-75.
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra & the Pied Pipers in A Christmas Gift
Sun, December 4, 2011 at 3pm
A Christmas Gift features the Pied Pipers backed by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra in a big band program of holiday songs both old and new. Performed in the style and tradition of the big band era, the show will take the audience back to an era of great music, rich in sound and beautiful harmonies. Tickets range from $32-52.
Dave Koz & Friends Christmas 2011
Wed, December 7, 2011 at 8pm
Dave Koz & Friends Christmas brings together a magical combination of musicians. Joining multi-Grammy® nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Koz, will be trumpeter/composer/producer Rick Braun, South African singer/guitarist Jonathan Butler, and Dutch saxophone star Candy Dulfer. The foursome will perform hits from their respective catalogues and jam on fresh, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites. Tickets range from $25-72.
Don Giovanni in HD, La Scala
Thu, December 8, 2011 at 7pm
Captured Live at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy
Conducted by Daniel Barenboim
Starring Anna Netrebko and Bryn Terfel
La Scala presents Mozart's classic tale of Don Giovanni, a womanizing nobleman who is dragged down to hell after refusing to change his ways. Popular for its nimble blend of broad comedy, melodrama, and supernatural, anyone can now experience this beloved opera on the big screen. Tickets are $22.
Home for the Holidays with Brian Stokes Mitchell
With New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Brian Stokes Mitchell, vocalist - Constantine Kitsopoulous, conductor
Masterwork Chorus - Andrew Megill, director
New Jersey Youth Chorus - Patricia Joyce, director
Presented by State Theatre and NJSO
Fri, December 9, 2011 at 8pm
NJSO will perform symphonic holiday classics accompanied by the smooth baritone sounds of film, television, and Tony® Award-winning Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell. Tickets range from $20-85.
Brian Regan-Live in Concert
Presented by State Theatre and Live Nation
Sat, December 10, 2011 at 7pm and 9:30pm
Standup comic Brian Regan is living proof that comedians can be family-friendly and funny. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. Tickets range from $37.50-49.50.
My Mother is Italian, My Father is Jewish & I'm Home for the Holidays
Starring Steve Solomon
Sun, December 11, 2011 at 3pm
Steve Solomon returns to the State Theatre with his latest comedy show. Solomon's hilarious tale of family shenanigans is brought to life with his uncanny ability for impersonations, perfectly timed sound effects, and the crazy characters that drive the story. Tickets range from $34-59.
American Repertory Ballet's
Sat, December 17, 2011 at 1pm and 4:30pm
Sun, December 18, 2011 at 1pm and 4:30pm
American Repertory Ballet presents its 49th annual Nutcracker this holiday season. The lush Victorian-era production features Tchaikovsky's magnificent score, performed with a live orchestra, and a cast of over 100 performers directed by Douglas Martin. Tickets range from $32-57.
Kenny Rogers Christmas and Hits
With Special Guest Billy Dean
Mon, December 19, 2011 at 8pm
Grammy® Award-winner Kenny Rogers has delivered hit after hit for more than five decades, covering everything from country and soul to rock and pop. Kenny will entertain audiences with an evening of classic Christmas songs and his most famous hits. Tickets range from $38-150.
The Irish Tenors Christmas Reunion 2011
Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, Ronan Tynan
Wed, December 21, 2011 at 8pm
One of the most successful touring acts in America ever, The Irish Tenors lineup of Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, and Ronan Tynan, has been reunited for exclusive dates this December. The group will perform traditional Irish music and classic holiday songs backed by a 30-piece orchestra. Tickets range from $32-97.
Salute to Vienna
New Year's Concert
Sat, December 31, 2011 at 6pm
Featuring The Strauss Symphony of America, Conductor Alexander Steinitz (Vienna), soprano Rebecca Nelsen (Vienna), tenor Thomas Sigwald (Budapest), and dancers from Vienna Imperial Ballet
Salute to Vienna, patterned after Vienna's world famous "Neujahrskonzert," is returning to the State Theatre for a glorious 5th season. Always a festive event, it is performed live by a brilliant cast of over 75 musicians, stellar European singers, and dancers in beautiful costumes. Including Strauss waltzes, polkas and famous Operetta pieces, the group continues a tradition the whole family can enjoy. Tickets range from $47-107.
For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at www.StateTheatreNJ.org. The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Saturday 1pm to 5pm; and at least one hour prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.
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