Theater group plans holiday performance
The Afton Community Theater will be on the Afton Central School Auditorium Stage again for Christmas. This year’s presentation of “Twas the night Before Christmas” will be offered at 7:30 p.m Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.
The Nieveh PC Carolers will also perform.
Duo to appear at Middleburgh Library
Kim and Reggie Harris will appear in concert at the Middleburgh Library at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Kim and Reggie Harris combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a solid background in classical, rock, jazz and pop music, according to a media release.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, the Harrises’ early exposure to the diversity of musical styles and genres was nurtured in the schools and churches of their youth. They have performed at The Kennedy Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Smithsonian Institute, Reunion Arena in Texas, the Psalm Festival in Graz, Austria, as well as a myriad of theatre arts centers, festivals, universities and schools, have given this inspiring duo standing ovations for their vibrant.
Friend of Music to close season
The Friends of Music will have the final concert of our 27th season, featuring The Midstatesmen Chorus of the Oneonta Chapter of The Barbershop Harmony Society at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cyr Center at 159 West Main St. in Stamford.
There is no charge for admission to this performance of a capella four-part harmony.
Members of the Chorus are musically inclined men from all walks of life who meet weekly to prepare a repertoire of traditional music, show tunes and seasonal music and even some upbeat Beatles and doo-wop numbers to present to varied audiences.
Recent venues around the area include a church in Richfield Springs, SUNY Delhi Alumni Weekend, Columbus Day celebration in Columbus and several nursing homes and retirement communities.
As is our tradition for the Holiday Concert, those in the audience who wish to may sing along with some of the carols at the end of the performance.
For more information, visit www.friendsmusic.org.
CCS plans ‘Magnificant’ performance
The Catskill Choral Society will honor the spirit of the holiday season with “J.S. Bach’s Magnificat & Other Seasonal Selections” as part of its 44th
season. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at First United Methodist Church at 66 Chestnut St. in Oneonta.
New Music Director R. Colin Armstrong will lead the 60-member group, joined by accompanist Timothy Horne and a chamber orchestra, for the annual holiday concert.
“Magnificat in D” will be highlighted by five soloists: Soprano Barbara Paterson, lyric baritone Brad Hougham, soprano Johana Arnold, mezzo-soprano Kasey Stewart and tenor Steven Nanni.
The Latin text of “Magnificat” — taken from the canticle of Mary, mother of Jesus, as told in the Gospel of Luke — details the events of the Visitation: When Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth (mother of John the Baptist) and spoke of her faith and the impending birth of both of their sons.
In addition to the Bach piece, the group will perform “Cantique de Jean Racine” by Gabriel Faure, “Christmas Day” by Gustav Holst and “Salvation is Created” by Pavel Chesnokov, as well as lead the audience in classic holiday favorites such as “Hark! The Herald” and “Joy to the World.”
Tickets may be purchased in Oneonta at The Plains, Green Earth and Artware; in Cooperstown at Augur’s Corner Bookstore; in Unadilla at Country Computers & Publishing; in Sidney at Corky’s Wine & Spirits; from any CCS members; and at www.catskillchoralsociety.org.
For more information, call 431-6060 or visit www.catskillchoralsociety.org.
Contra dance set for Dec. 6
The Otsego Dance Society will hold its December contra dance on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown. Casey Mullaney will call and the band will be Ms. Marty & SGB.
Contra dancing is a traditional New England dance form that is social and easy to learn, according to a media release. Singles, couples and families of all ages are welcome. No experience is needed, since all dances are taught and walked through.
Dancing begins at 8 p.m. and continues until 11 p.m., with a short break for refreshments.
There is a suggested donation of $8 for adults, $4 for students and teenagers and free for children 12 and younger. The Presbyterian Church is on the corner of Pioneer and Church streets.
For more information, call 965-8232 or 547-8164, or visit www.otsegodancesociety.blogspot.com.
‘Taj Garage’ to reopen Dec. 6
Poet, potter, world traveler/teacher and veteran Cooperstown High School Visiting Artist Steve Clorfeine will exhibit crafts by artisans in Nepal and India in a three-day display, “From Nepal & India to the Taj Garage.” The show will be open with an opening reception form 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and continue 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at 689 Beaver Meadow Road near Cooperstown in the Art Garage.
Clorfeine will present readings from “India Journals,” his work-in-progress, from 5 to 6 pm. Saturday.
For more information, contact Steve Clorfeine at firstname.lastname@example.org or (845) 626-3096, or Sydney Waller at email@example.com or 547-5327.
Community Chorale concerts planned
The Community Chorale of the Catskills will present their annual holiday concerts Dec. 7 and 8.
The concerts, under the direction of Richard Tucker, will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec.7 at the United Methodist Church at 55 Church St. in Margaretville and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church at 53837 state Highway 30 in Roxbury.
Sacred Shakers to play in Cooperstown
Eilen Jewell and the Sacred Shakers will perform as part of the Cooperstown Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at 25 Church St. in Cooperstown.
Tickets will cost $18 per person. for more information, call 547-1812 or visit www.cooperstownconcertseries.org/tss.html.
Contra dance set at Sidney roller rink
The next Sidney Community Contra Dance will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Hillcrest Roller Rink on West Main Street in Sidney. Local piano and banjo player Kathy Shimberg will be joined by Eileen Nicholson on fiddle. Bob Nicholson returns as caller. The admission fee is $5. Children 12 and younger may attend for free. For more information, search “Sidney Community Contra Dance” on Facebook or call 563-2582.
Manhattan Transfer to perform
Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center will present The Manhattan Transfer at 8 p.m. Dec. 8.
A 10-time Grammy- Award-winning vocal group, The Manhattan Transfer has created four-part harmonies for more than 40 years.
Tickets are $50 for Gold Seats and $40 for Silver. The atrium doors will open at 6 p.m. For more information, call 431-2080 or visit www.foothillspac.org.
The Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center is at 24 Market St. in Oneonta.
Christmas concert set for Dec. 8
The Worcester Community Choral will present its annual Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Worcester United Methodist church. It will perform the cantata, “All is Well” by Michael Barrett and David Angerman. The community Chorale is directed by Evelyn Preston and accompanied by Jean Ames.
The concert is free and open to the public, but a donation plate will be provided to help with the community Christmas Basket.