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“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.

Although she is best known as a country/folk/blues performer, MacArthur “Genius” Rhiannon Giddens was classically trained. She is host of the “Aria Code” podcast, which makes opera relevant to the modern world. Photo from WNYC​

Music and Life, as One, in ‘Aria Code’

I could fill up a book with the reasons why so much of classical music radio sucks. There, I said it.

Or I could say “Sunrise” from Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite” and you’d probably get the idea — especially after the 1,300-and-millionth time you hear it on classical radio.

The Joint Chiefs continue a summer-long series of concerts in the Tristate region with a performance in Falls Village, Conn., on Aug. 20. Photo by Chris Little

A Beloved Local Band, The Joint Chiefs Perform on Aug. 20

If the Tristate region can be said to have a “house band,” then that band is probably The Joint Chiefs, a perennially popular quartet featuring Eliot Osborn, Louise Lindenmeyr, George Potts and Diana Herold.


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