BY JENNA BAGCAL
In the next few days, Bronx residents
will be treated to a slate of holiday
programming right from the
comfort of their own homes.
BronxNet is presenting several
performances starting this weekend,
including George Frideric Handel’s
“Messiah” performed by The Orchestra
of The Bronx and Bronx Opera
Company, Manhattan College’s Lessons
and Carols, a virtual “Nutcracker”
by the Paige Fraser Foundation,
a Parranda celebration by
Casita Maria and Pregones PRTT’s
“BronxNet is proud to work with
all of our outstanding arts partners
including Bronx Opera Company,
Bronx Community College, Pregones
PRTT, Casita Maria, Manhattan College
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and the Paige Fraser Foundation
to broadcast exquisite holiday performances
to audiences in the Bronx
and around the world,” said Bronx-
Net’s Executive Director Michael
In addition to The Orchestra of
the Bronx and Bronx Opera Company
Handel’s “Messiah” features
prominent members of the Bronx
community, including Dr. Ruth Westheimer,
Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz,
Councilman Andrew Cohen,
Congressman Jose E. Serrano,
Bronx Community College President
Thomas Isekenegbe and Knobbe.
Viewers can catch the performance
on BronxNet channel 67 on
Optimum and channel 2133 for Verizon
Saturday, Dec. 26 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 28 at 11 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 31 at 10:30 p.m.
Reverend Thomas Franks, OFM
Cap and Manhattan College chaplain
is leading the video premiere of Manhattan
College Lessons and Carols.
The annual tradition features music
by the school’s choir and orchestra.
Viewers can watch the performance
on channel 68 for Optimum and channel
2134 for Fios.
Thursday, Dec. 24 at 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 25 at 12 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 26 at 3:30 p.m.
Those who love Christmas classics
will enjoy the Paige Fraser Foundation’s
Virtual Variations, which is
a retelling of The Nutcracker. Performers
will dance ballet, modern,
tap, vogue and hip-hop dance styles.
Virtual Variations will air on one
night only on BronxNet channel 68
for Optimum and 2134 for Fios.
Thursday, Dec. 24 at 9 p.m.
Those interested in learning
about a traditional Puerto Rican holiday
celebration can tune into the
Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education’s
Parranda program, featuring
caroling, festive fl oats and performances
by Kyle Matthews and Su
Pleneros. The program is presented
by Urban Health Plan, BronxNet and
the city’s Department of Cultural affairs
and sponsored by Councilman
Rafael Salamanca Jr. Viewers can
catch in on BronxNet channel 67 (Optimum)
and 2133 (Fios).
Sunday, Dec. 27 at 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 28 at 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 31 at 8:30 p.m.
Those interested can also catch
the Pregones PRTT Holiday Special
– Fiesta Navideña, fi lmed at Pregones
Theater and highlighting Los Pleneros
de la 21. Watch it on BronxNet
channel 69 (Optimum) and channel
Monday, Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
For more information visit www.
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A member of Pelham Parkway helps the Albanian American Open Hand Association
build a 7 foot snowman.
BronxNet presents Handels Messiah
and other holiday programming