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Page8 POST-GAZETTE, DECE IBER 28, 2012 First Night (Continued from Page 1) Fireworks with flare. With Boston being the largest New Year's Eve celebration in the country, the display at midnight is a great way to close the show. (Photo Courtesy of First Night Productions) ers strongly suggest visit- ing the interactive planner at to plan attendance as many of the events have limited space. The schedule is sub- ject to change and updates can be found on the web- site. All First Night outdoor events are free and are sup- ported by sales of the First Night button, which is the ticket for admission to in- door events. Children under the age of four are admitted free and the buttons are available for purchase at dozens of locations, includ- ing Shaw's Supermarkets, Tedeschi's, Au Bon Pain and J.P. Licks. As it is the nation's largest New Year's Eve celebration I could not list everything, but I in- cluded plenty to see. You can reference the website for a full schedule. The follow- ing events have been broken down into categories of fan- tastic fun. Paola ROCK, JAZZ, R&B AND EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC Boston Saxophone Quar- tet, Hynes Convention Cen- ter, Room 206, 9 - 9:45 p.m. is a unique blend of musi- cians combining a tremen- dous range of repertoire and individual experience in wind performance. Members of the BSQ have performed with the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Cass McCombs, Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall, 10:30-11:45 p.m. Cass McCombs is something of an indie-rock heartthrob. The crooner first received notice early on in the new century, releasing critically acclaimed records and touring. Daylong Celebration on Boylston Plaza at The Shops at Prudential Cen- ter, 1 p.m. - midnight, Stand at the geographic core of the First Night festival on December 31St and enjoy the exciting festival. Artists include John Powell, Qaor, Main Fader, Cortexelation, Solid State Entity, LRAD and Whoarfrost, Of the Sun, Andrew Goldman, Patrick Chaney, Julie Dion, Sam Perry, Tanya Fedan and more. DJ Jesse Kaminsky, Hynes Convention Center, Room 302, 7:30 - 8:15 p.m. Artist/musician/radio pro- ducer Jesse Kaminsky, former host of WMBR's The Intercontinental and current host of WFMU's Kaminsky Kamoutsky spins favorites. Emily Elbert, Modern Theatre at Suffolk Univer- sity, 10 - 11 p.m. Full of love, soul and wanderlust, the 23-year-old Elbert has per- formed all over the U.S. and in 13 countries and is a recent graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Jenny Dee & the Deelin- quents, NEC's Jordan Hall, 8 - 8:45 p.m. This perfor- FINISH by Tanya Donelly is a Grammy- nominated singer and song- writer who will be gracing Boston's Symphony Hall with her presence for the event. (Photo courtesy of First Night Productions) mance is the return of a retro rock and soul stylings of Jenny Dee & the Deelin- quents. Combining the girl group groove of the '60s with the soul sound of the '70s. Lee Fields & the Expres- sions, NEC's Jordan Hall, 9 - 10:15 p.m. There aren't too many artists making soul music today who had a re- lease in 1969 yet Lee Fields is one such performer. Magnetic Fields, Sym- phony Hall, 9 - 10:30 p.m. In their two decade career which began in Boston and then relocated to New York City, the band has released ten albums. Magnetic Fields will end their 2012 touring with a First Night debut. Major Stars, Hynes Con- vention Center, Room 302, 10-11 p.m. The closing live performance will be by Major Stars. This band is one of Boston's most legend- ary rock behemoths and Important Records recording artists. New England Conserva- tory Youth Jazz Orchestra, Hynes Convention Center Ballroom, 5 p.m. The Youth Jazz Orchestra is a new ensemble that debuted in September 2008 at the New England Conservatory Preparato School. The Or- chestra is directed by cel- ebrated jazz artist Ken Schaphorst, who chairs NEC's college jazz studies department and directs the college-level jazz orchestra. Some of New England's most talented and committed high school musicians will light up First Night with their big band soundY Tanya Donelly, Boston Symphony Hall, 8-8:45 p.m. Donelly is a Grammy-nomi- nated singer and songwriter, and co-founder of the bands Throwing Muses, the Breed- ers and Belly, and has also released four solo albums. CLASSICAL MUSIC New England Conserva- tory Children's Chorus, HOLIDAY LIGHTS, Hynes Convention Center Ball- room, 3 - 4 p.m. Hear a rousing collection of holi- day songs from around the world. Bring the family and sing-along to holiday favorites. Old South Brass, Organ Percuss~on~ ~d S~u~h Churcl~ 6~-30 and 8 p.m. The best of Boston's brass and percussion artists join an organist with imagina- tion and verve in a super- somc program of Pipes and Pops, playing electrifying arrangements of popular classics, as well as leading the audience in singing stir- ring favorites. Project STEP Chamber Orchestra, Hynes Conven- tion Center Ballroom, 1 p.m. Led by Project STEP alum Mariana Green-Hill, this year's program will feature the Honors String Quartet and two other cham- ber groups. Sean Fielder and the Bos- ton Tap Company, Hynes Convention Center, Ball- room, 9:30 p.m. The mis- sion of the Boston Tap Com- pany is to educate and en- tertain through art as a way of life. Spectacular hoofers from all over Greater Boston will tap the night away. THEATER, COMEDY AND SPOKEN WORD Boston Poetry Siam, Hynes Convention Center, Room 208, 7:30, 8:15, 9, 9:45, 10:30 p.m. Poetry slam is a fast-paced compe- tition where poets have a limited amount of time to impress judges randomly selected from the audience. Storytelling, lyricism and stand-up comedy all come together in what's evolved to a modern oral tradition. Commonwealth Shakes- peare: Winter, Hynes Convention Center Ball- room, 7:30 and 9 p.m. This 50-minute, multi-media adaptation is a journey through loss, recovery and finally, rebirth, in Shakes- peare's The Winter's Tale. Winter creates a world of image, song and text that speaks directly to the mod- ern experience. Improv Boston, Hynes Convention Center, Ex- hibit Hall C, 7:30, 8:45 and 10 p.m. ImprovBoston takes suggestions from the audi- ence to weave their input, challenges, scenes, and songs into a wonderful per- formance for all ages, per- forming familiar 'games' as seen on TV as well as their own unique, hilarious brand of comedy. BUTTON BONUS: Pippin, American Repertory The- ater, and 7:30 p.m.A.R.T offers free admission to the first 50 button holders for