The Sounds of the Season

It’s beginning to sound a lot like – oh you know how the song really goes, but when’s the last time you really listened for the sounds of the season?  Of course we’re bombarded at the malls and department stores with holiday muzak. And if your radio is tuned just so, you will get 24/7 of the holiday loop.  But I’m talking about the sound of a live symphony orchestra and the patter of young snowflake costumed dancers on a stage.  I’m referring to the joyful noise of over 100 singers performing the Hallelujah chorus of the Messiah.  I’m thinking about the reverent tone of prayers when lighting the first candle of Hanukkah.  I’m mindful of the small bells of the Salvation Army kettle attendant.

With our calendars filling with parties and shopping, family visits and baking – try to eke out a little time for sounds of the seasons.  This weekend behold the sites and sounds of The Nutcracker, performed Friday, Nov. 30th at 7 PM and Saturday, Dec. 1st, at 1 PM and 7 PM.  On Sunday, Dec. 2nd at 7 PM, join a community wide celebration for Lessons and Carols, at Immaculate Conception church in Fayetteville. This non denominational, ecumenical public event featuring local church choirs and clergy is a musical retelling of the coming of Christmas (canned goods and monetary donations encouraged).  

The newly formed Musical Associates of Central New York will be performing Handel’s Messiah at Hendricks Chapel at SU on Dec. 9th at 2:30 PM and again on Dec. 14th at Crouse Hinds for  Holiday Symphonic Spectacular.

If your calendar is just too full then at least give yourself a moment of quiet – sometimes that’s the sweetest sound of all.  And if you have an upcoming holiday musical event you’d like to share – then please send us a link or note.  Tis the season after all.

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