HOLIDAY SEASON FESTIVITIES

By Sarah Prawl

Looking For Something To Do This Holiday Season? We’ve Got You Covered With A List Of The Best Entertainment Taking Place!

   

IRISH REPERTORY THEATRE’S BOX OFFICE

The Dead 1904

November 17, 2018 to January 13th, 2019

For the third year, Great Performances is playing a co-starring roll in the Irish Repertory’s production of The Dead, 1904 and getting rave reviews! The adaptation of James Joyce’s beloved short story The Dead immerses the intimate audience (only 57 people per show) in the Morkin Sisters’ Feast of the Epiphany celebration as the drama it generates unfolds in an elegant 19th century mansion. Indeed, the audience actually attends the story’s centerpiece dinner party, sharing the celebratory meal – inspired by Joyce’s description and prepared on-site by GP – with the cast as the play’s action continues. Melissa Gilbert reprises her critically acclaimed performance as the female protagonist in this truly singular theatrical experience, which appeals to all the senses, including taste with the likes of Cocoa & Fig Glazed Tenderloin and Parsley & Thyme Roast Turkey with Cranberry Pineapple Relish. For tickets and ticket information, please go to:  https://irishrep.org/show/2018-2019-season/the-dead-1904-3/

METTA BROOKLYN

Mettā X GrowNYC – Greenmarket Grains Benefit Dinner

December 10 at 6PM

Metta, one of Brooklyn’s most celebrated restaurants, is hosting a dinner on December 10th to benefit GrowNYC’s Grain’s Project. Tickets are $75 each and the evening will feature two seatings at 6pm and 8:30pm Get your tickets here.

BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC

The Hard Nut

December 14 – December 23, 2018

Mark Morris Dance Group’s beloved retro-modern reimagining of The Nutcracker comes back to BAM for the holidays. Learn more.

APOLLO THEATER EVENTS

Coca-Cola Winter Wonderland

Saturday & Sunday, December 15-16, 2018
2pm – 6pm

Hosted by Billy “Mr. Apollo” Mitchell

The Apollo Theater and Coca-Cola invite you to bring the family for holiday-themed activities including picture taking with Santa Claus and amazing performances from local choirs.  This event is hosted by the Apollo Theater’s Tour Director and Ambassador, Billy Mitchell. Learn more.

Amateur Night Holiday Special

Saturday, December 15th

Special Guest Performance by The Walls

The Apollo Theater lights up this holiday season with the Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special, the annual event under its signature program Amateur Night, showcasing recent winners of the show’s “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow” category. This showcase will feature an incredibly talented array of instrumentalists, singers, and dancers from ages 11-18, this program captures the spirit of young performers all hoping to follow in the footsteps of Apollo Legends like Michael Jackson and Ella Fitzgerald, whose careers were launched on the stage of the Apollo. Learn more.

Night Devine

Monday, December 17 at 7:30PM

Tony Award Winner Cynthia Erivo and Billboard #1 recording artist Shoshana Bean star in a one-night-only Holiday Concert Event – NIGHT DIVINE – at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater. Learn more.

Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Choir, CeCe Winans

Saturday, December 22 at 2 pm

Hosted by Marcus Wiley

Lift your Holiday spirits with an afternoon of soul stirring Holiday gospel music! Cece Winans will warm your soul and Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir will take you higher. Marcus Wiley, host and comedian, promises to delight you and your loved ones throughout the afternoon. Learn more.

CARAMOOR EVENTS

Holiday Tea Musicale

Wednesday, December 5 – Thursday, December 13

Join Caramoor’s great tradition of holiday music with charismatic musicians, festive decorations, and tea service in the majestic Music Room. Enjoy an assortment of finger sandwiches, scrumptious holiday treats, and a variety of teas (hot chocolate with marshmallows for the little ones). Learn more.

New York Polyphony

Saturday, December 15

This a cappella vocal quartet brings their exquisitely blended voices to the Music Room in Sing Thee Nowell, a program of sacred Christmas music spanning seven centuries. The Rosen House, splendidly decorated for the holidays, will be open for self-guided tours between the two performances. Ring in the holidays with New York Polyphony’s “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts” (NPR). Learn more.


Santa Visits The Rosen House

Sunday, December 16

Santa comes to Caramoor to fill the Rosen House with holiday cheer. The little ones will be in for an adventure with I Spy a Santa or Two in the Music Room followed by a 30-minute concert of favorite holiday songs, then Santa Claus appears to delight the whole family. Santa’s favorite snack — milk and cookies — will be served in the Summer Dining Room. Bring your cameras and begin the festive season with joy! Learn more.

DIZZY'S CLUB EVENTS

Riley’s Red Hot Holidays

Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 pm

Join trumpeter and music director Riley Mulherkar for this swinging holiday show featuring a collective of New York’s finest rising stars. Learn more.

Christmas Eve with Barry Harris

Monday, Dec 24 at 7 pm

Legendary pianist and staple in jazz, Barry Harris, treats us to an iconic performance on Christmas Eve that you don’t want to miss! Learn more.


New Year’s Eve with Carlos Henriquez

Monday, Dec 31 at 7:30 pm & 11 pm

Carlos Henriquez and his all-star octet will ring in the New Year with a series of energetic concerts. Hailing from the Bronx, Henriquez is a rare virtuoso in both jazz and Afro-Cuban traditions. Learn more.

Photo Credits: ©BAM (Julieta Cervantes), ©Caramoor, ©Dizzy’s Club, ©Metta Brooklyn, ©Carol Rosegg

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

How Sous Chef Ira Brown's Quick Thinking Saved the Day!

By Sarah Prawl and Ira Brown

WHEN IT COMES TO ANY EMERGENCY, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE, AND GP’S SOUS CHEF, IRA BROWN, WASTED NO TIME IN RUSHING TO THE AID OF SOMEONE IN NEED.

Sous Chef Ira Brown

We would love to know more about you!

I’ve worked with Great Performances for 6 years now. For the last 5 years I have worked mostly on-site at events, but have recently moved into the kitchen where I oversee kitchen assignments, prepare food for events and make sure that all food items are labeled correctly for each event.

Can you tell us about your thoughts on the day the incident occurred?

I really believe that everything happens for a reason. I have only been in the kitchen for a month now, and it was just like any regular day. I had just arrived at work about an hour before and heard that someone was in distress in another part of the building. Some staff members ran into the kitchen and asked if anyone knew how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver, which I had done before, and as soon as they explained what was going on I immediately ran over there. When I arrived, the individual was unconscious, and I immediately got behind them and performed the Heimlich step-by-step until the particle had come out and they regained consciousness.

Do you consider yourself a hero?

I definitely don’t have that “Hero Complex”, I am just really thankful that I was at the right place at the right time, and really do believe that everything happens for a reason. Now that I think about it, there was a reason why I moved from on-site events to full time in the kitchen.

Food Tank

Ending Food Loss and Food Waste Together

By Sarah Prawl

AT GREAT PERFORMANCES, WE STRIVE TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF ADDRESSING FOOD WASTE AND SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES, WHILE EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY ON FOOD WASTE REDUCTION, RECYCLING AND FOOD RECOVERY INITIATIVES.

We are always excited to partner with organizations which align with our mission, and were proud to partner with Food Tank for the second annual NYC Food Tank Summit at New York University’s Tishman Auditorium and feed another sold-out (and hungry) crowd.

Focusing on topics pertaining to Food Loss and Food Waste, The Summit featured 35 speakers and panelists, as well as an engaging dialogue with audience members. Together, everyone tackled tough subjects pertaining to food loss and waste such as systematic challenges, the role restaurants and companies play in fighting food waste, solving food loss on the farm, and fighting food loss and waste from within communities. Going to the core, the discussions educated everyone on the connections between sustainability, food waste, racial justice, public health, etc., and how they all directly affect each other.

To learn more about Food Tank and how you can get involved in the fight against food waste and food loss, click here.

THE ART OF FOOD AND DESIGN

By Randy Ballesteros and Sarah Prawl

Pushing the envelope extends beyond great food and an amazing venue; planners, clients and guests appreciate events which offer unique and memorable experiences. At Great Performances, we strive to incorporate innovative concepts across all aspects of the planning and execution process. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how our Design Manager, Randy Ballesteros, creates breathtaking event decor.

“I Love Designing Events And Enhancing Delicious Foods With Visually Appealing Environments & Tablescapes.”

FOR A RECENT WEDDING AT THE PLAZA HOTEL, THE CLIENT WANTED A CLASSIC, RUSTIC ITALIAN CHARCUTERIE AT THE COCKTAIL RECEPTION.

We Included An Assortment Of Cheeses, Meats, And Cheeses Presented On Slate, Marble, And Wooden Boards With Touches Of Gold And Copper Accents, All Inspired By The Grandeur Of The Iconic Plaza Palm Court.

FOR THIS PRIVATE DINNER, THE CLIENT WANTED TO PORTRAY A MODERN INTERPRETATION OF THE CLASSIC CORNUCOPIA, FUSING THE BOUNTY OF A FALL HARVEST NESTLED IN AUTUMNAL FOLIAGES.

Rich aubergine plums and figs playfully intertwine with sunset hues of blood oranges, dahlias, and roses. Modern accents of black wooden chairs and prismatic glass bowls lends a modern touch to the color palette. All creating a playful garland which greets the guests with colorful visuals and refreshing bright citrus scents, all the while completely edible. A unique appetizer that creates a memorable and “all-sensory” experience.

FOR THIS COCKTAIL PARTY, THE CLIENT WANTED A JAY GATSBY-INSPIRED DESSERT AND RAW BAR STATION, ENCOMPASSING THE GLITZ AND GLAMOUR OF A FABULOUS 1920'S SOIREE.

We Included Decor And Details Such As A Custom Ostrich Feather Centerpiece And Roaring 20s Signage Throughout.

DÎNER EN BLANC NYC 2018

By Sarah Prawl

(Diner En Blanc 2016)

DÎNER EN BLANC, THE WORLD’S MOST EXCLUSIVE GOURMET DINNER, RETURNS TO NYC FOR THE 8TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR FOR AN EVENING AT ONE OF THE CITY’S MOST ICONIC PUBLIC SPACES.

Traditionally, the secret location is only revealed 1 hour before the event, which occurs on September 17 this year, making the all-white event even more intriguing. Great Performances is honored to be a part of this exclusive culinary event for the 3rd time since its touchdown in NYC and we are excited to partner with Iron Chef and Michelin Star recipient, Marc Forgione, on the special picnic menus for guests. Here is a sneak peek at this year’s NYC menu offerings, which can be purchased on the e-store and retrieved at the secret location. To learn more about the event, visit their website.

LE BOITE BLANC (THE WHITE BOX)

Chicken Blanquette
Cavatelli Mac & Cheese
Celery Root Slaw
Onion Soubise
Brioche
Coconut Rice Pudding With White Rum Banana Syrup

CHILI LOBSTER BOX

Chili Lobster With Parker House Buns
Red Bliss Potato Salad
Corn Succotash
Marinated Heirloom Tomatoes
Red Cabbage Slaw
Key Lime Pie

EAT YOUR VEGGIES BOX

Cauliflower Curry Steaks
Zatar-Spiced Pita With Hummus & Smoked Olive Oil
Ancient Grain Salad
Cucumber Salad With Yogurt & Dill Dressing
Marinated Mushrooms With Coriander
Corn Muffins With Berries Preserved In Honey

NYC PASTRAMI BOX

Pastrami Prime Rib With Rye Bread & Mustards
Homemade Potato Chips
Pickles, Onions & Kraut
Grilled Green Tomatoes
Black & White Cookies
Big Apple Cobbler


Photo Credit: ©Ben Hider Images

VENUES TO EXPERIENCE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES THIS SUMMER!

By Sarah Prawl

FROM INTIMATE TO LARGE SCALE, NEW YORK CITY IS HOME TO A MULTITUDE OF MUSIC VENUES THAT SHOWCASE EXCEPTIONAL LOCAL AND WIDESPREAD TALENT.

Great Performances is proud to partner with several musical institutions and venues which not only offer a wide range of musical entertainment all summer long but also serve as the perfect location for your next event!

APOLLO THEATER

Located in the heart of Harlem, off of 125th Street, the legendary Apollo Theater has housed some of the most talented musicians from around the world since 1934. From Aretha Franklin, to James Brown, to The Jackson 5, the Apollo is the true definition of a musical institution and paved the way for emerging and established African-American and Latino performers.

This summer, discover new artists every Wednesday during “Amateur Night”. For more information take a look at their calendar.

FREDERICK P. ROSE HALL AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER

 

Located in the heart of Columbus Circle, Frederick P. Rose Hall is the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center and the world’s first performing arts facility designed specifically for jazz. It contains three venues which offer an array of musical entertainment throughout the week as well as fantastic views of Central Park.

Enjoy sultry melodies all summer long at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola while indulging in a delicious meal from their new Summer Menu. To see Jazz at Lincoln Center’s calendar of events, click here.

GOVERNORS ISLAND

Located in the Upper New York Bay, Governors Island is a mini oasis from the busy Manhattan scene. Governors Island hosts an array of large scale events throughout the year, until the end of their program season, which falls on October 31st this year. The 13th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party and Rite of Summer are two of their biggest musical programs this summer and tickets are still available! To learn more about their upcoming events, click here.

Photo Credits: ©POLARIS, ©Amanda Gentile

Independence Day with A View at New York's Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park and Ellis Island.

By Sarah Prawl

Independence Day With A View

HISTORICAL PARKS WITH THE BEST VIEWS OF MANHATTAN.

There’s no better way to celebrate Independence Day in NYC than at a historical park with beautiful views of Manhattan! 

Great Performances is proud to partner with The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park and Ellis Island, which are both rich in history and patriotism and a must-add to your list of outdoor places to visit this Summer!

 

FDR Four Freedoms Park

Four Freedoms Park is a sprawling four-acre memorial with impeccable design on the tip of Roosevelt Island that celebrates the Four Freedoms addressed in FDR’s 1941 State of the Union Address.

Approaching the island is an experience itself, with aerial views of Manhattan’s East Side and East River upon arrival on the Roosevelt Island Tram.

Located on the East River, nestled between Manhattan and Queens, and parallel to FDR drive, it is described as an “urban oasis” with some of the best views of NYC.

Four Freedoms is the perfect location for any outdoor event and a fantastic location to watch the July 4th fireworks on the East River! Learn more here.

Ellis Island

Anchored in the Upper New York Bay, with breath-taking views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan Skyline, Ellis Island is truly a monumental masterpiece.

From 1892 until 1954, millions of immigrants passed through the island’s immigration offices as they entered the United States. The Ellis Island Museum tells the tales of the immigrant experience through interactive tours, audio segments, photographs and displays.

Ellis Island houses some of the most stunning views of downtown Manhattan and serves as a once-in-a-lifetime experience for your next private event.

Learn more about Ellis Island’s history and book your trip here.

Photo Credits: ©Rana Fanure, ©Ellis Island