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Pink Martini will present two glamorous, big band-style “virtual” shows
for the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass., on Dec. 17 and 31.  Photo courtesy Pink Martini​

Enjoy a Bubbly Pink Martini This Year on New Year’s Eve

One thing we know for sure is that a majority of us will spend this New Year’s Eve at home. 

But there’s no reason why that can’t be festive and fun. No doubt in the weeks to come there will be any number of “virtual” concerts announced for the night of Dec. 31.

I’ve already chosen my concert, though. 


Georg Friedrich Handel hopes you’ll sing along to his masterpiece, “The Messiah,” this holiday season — and he hopes these tips from singers in the Tri-state region will help you sound your best ever. Original Painting by Balthasar Denner; Photo from Wikipedia ​

Pro Tips for Your 2020 Sing-Along Messiah

As soon as the Thanksgiving table is cleared, I feel liberated to start singing along to Handel’s epic oratorio, “The Messiah,” and to practice for the annual sing-alongs in Great Barrington, Mass., and Kent, Conn.


Brandee Younger’s graceful, gentle harp enhances and entices listeners into an appreciation of modern jazz music. She and her trio perform with the Hudson Jazz Festival on Nov. 14. Photo by Erin Patrice O’Brien​

The Harp as a Portal to Complex Jazz

On Nov. 4, the Hudson Jazz Festival decided to postpone its online concerts until the spring of 2021.

The harp isn’t an instrument you normally associate with improvisational jazz, free jazz, avant garde jazz, bebop or … well, you get the idea. 


The Bardavon Theater in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is celebrating the 50th anniversary (and what a long strange trip …) of the Grateful Dead’s “American Beauty” album with a virtual concert on Nov. 1. 

‘American Beauty,’ Now 50 Years Old, Keeps on Truckin’ at the Bardavon

It’s the 50th anniversary of an iconic Grateful Dead album, and the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is celebrating with a free online show on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. featuring covers of songs from the album and the general Dead song list. 

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