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The Traditional Holiday Handbell Choir Concert in Salisbury Dec. 18

The Congregational Church of Salisbury, Conn., will present its annual Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m. at 30 Main St. The Meeting House doors will open at 2:30 p.m. Attendance will be restricted to one-half capacity. Audience members will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks will be required.


“The Messiah,” by George Frideric Handel (shown in this 1736 painting by Thomas Hudson), has become a highlight of the holiday season. Image courtesy of Brittanica

‘Hallelujah,” It’s Time Once Again for ‘The Messiah’

You don’t have to love choral music or even classical music — or even Christmas — to love G.F. Handel’s “Messiah.” I would count myself as fairly uneducated when it comes to the glories of great music but even for me, “The Messiah” is a delight to listen to.


Christophe Landon, one of the world’s premier luthiers, will talk about and demonstrate the magic of stringed instruments in a fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 7, for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Photo courtesy Bardavon

What Makes the Strings Sing, Weep and Laugh

Christophe Landon, one of the world’s leading luthiers, will give a talk on “Mysteries of the Great Instruments” at Revel 32 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., hosted by the Bardavon, on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m.


Emmy-nominated musician Christylez Bacon is part of a lively and joyful show of jazz, classical and more on Nov. 21 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Photo by christylez.com

And Now for Something Completely Happy

The 2020s haven’t been a super joyful time, so the Sunday, Nov. 21, concert called Cafe Jazz, presented by Close Encounters With Music, sounds like just the right mood brightener.

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