High Line Holiday Concert

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Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

High Line Holiday Concert

EnlargePhoto by Melissa Mansur courtesy of Friends of the High Line

Sing and march along to your favorite holiday carols on the High Line this year!

We are delighted to welcome Brooklyn Express Drumline (B.E.D.), the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps, and – for the second year in a row – the New York City Housing Authority Youth Chorus to our family-friendly holiday concert. High Line Food vendor La Newyorkina will be offering hot chocolate and treats for sale.

B.E.D. will kick it off at the 10th Avenue Square at 2:00 PM. The event is free and open to visitors of all ages. No RSVP is required.

We will also be collecting unwrapped gift donations for children between the ages of 3 and 15 as part of the High Line Toy Drive.

10th Avenue Square
On the High Line at West 17th Street
Chelsea Market Passage
On the High Line at West 16th Street

The Brooklyn Express Drumline is one of the premier percussion youth groups in New York City today. Composed entirely of youth and young adults from ages 16 and up, the group serves as an outlet that inspires, enhances creativity, fosters leadership, and develops a drive to succeed. The Brooklyn Express Drumline is known throughout the city for their energetic showmanship sharp choreography, and powerful rhythms taking on over 40 various shows each year in various cities & states at colleges, show cases, competitions, fundraisers, parties, commercials, celebrity events, charity holdings, parades, weddings and many other gatherings, celebrations, events and venues both big and small. The Brooklyn Express Drumline is definitely the appeal of entertainment at any event and we have our history to say that for us.

The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps is the premier band for LGBT musicians and their friends in the New York metropolitan area. By bringing musical excellence sprinkled with the gayest of glitter to that most all-American of mediums – the marching band – the Big Apple Corps promotes equality, social acceptance, and harmony for all. With a membership of 150 musicians, color guard members, twirlers, and Band-Aids, the band is now in its 34th season.

The Big Apple Corps has been seen by millions in such diverse appearances as Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, Asbury Park's Zombie Walk, Greenwich Village's Halloween Parade, New York City's Veterans Day Parade, small and large LGBT pride celebrations all over the Eastern Seaboard, and, as part of the Lesbian & Gay Band Association's massed band, in both inaugurations of President Clinton and President Obama. As a symphonic band, the Big Apple Corps performs several concerts each year in venues ranging from Symphony Space to Alice Tully Hall to Central Park.

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Youth Chorus was created in 1997 as a vehicle for showcasing the talents and abilities of NYCHA residents and members of the surrounding communities. The Youth Chorus is dedicated to excellence in its performances and has a long and distinguished list to its credit. Some of these include: the legendary Apollo Theater, Avery Fisher Hall and Disney’s Epcot Center, the Official Chorus at the New York City 2000 Millennium Celebration, Radio City Music Hall (with Sir Elton John) and the International World Harmony Run at the United Nations, Mayoral Interfaith and Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfasts, and celebrations for the World Champion New York Yankees at City Hall. More than just a group of singers, the NYCHA Youth Chorus has come to be known as the Good Will Ambassadors for the New York City Housing Authority, instilling a healthy sense of pride and accomplishment in each and every one of its members.