(This is Part 2 of the New England weekend concert report; Part 1 was published yesterday).
Ed Gerhard is a Grammy-winning folk and blues artist. He returns to his home state of New Hampshire to give a Christmas concert at 7:30PM in the Belknap Mill Society Meetinghouse on Beacon Street in Laconia.
In Great Barrington, MA the chamber ensemble Baroque Pantheon will perform at 6PM in the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.
At St. John’s Church near the waterfront in Newport, RI, the Swanhurst Chorus will be featured in a Christmas concert beginning at 7:30PM.
Selections from composers Alexander Borodin and Richard Wagner are featured in the Longwood Symphony concert at Jordan Hall in Boston starting at 8PM.
Pat Wictor and Geoff Bartley are the entertainers at 8PM at the South Shore Folk Music Club in the Beal House of Kingston, MA.
PJ Pacifico opens for the more contemporary folk artist Martin Sexton at 8PM at the Fairfield (Connecticut) Theatre.
If you prefer Celtic Folk try Nova Scotian fiddler Natalie MacMaster who appears at the Colonial Theatre in Keene, NH beginning at 8PM.
The Sweetback Sisters bring their brand of country swing to the Sounding Board Coffeehouse in West Hartford, CT at 8PM.
Also at 8PM the Worcester Chorus and Orchestra will perform Handel’s Messiah at Mechanics Hall.
At Chan’s Restaurant and Jazz Club in Woonsocket, RI it’s Peter Tork & Shoe Suede Blues in two shows, at 8PM and 10PM.
Dec. 4 links: http://calendar.newhampshire.com, www.mahaiwe.org, www.christmasinnewport.org, www.longwoodsymphony.org, www.ssfmc.org, www.fairfieldtheatre.org, www.thecolonial.org, http://folknotes.org, www.mechanicshall.org, www.chanseggrollsandjazz.com.
Saturday, 12/4 and Sunday, 12/5
In Western Massachusetts the annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas will include a Holiday House tour event from 11AM-4PM that includes Mission House, Federal House Inn, Inn at Stockbridge, The Mount Edith Wharton Estate, Seven Hills Inn and Ventfort Hall Gilded Age Museum. In the evening there is a Caroling Luminaria Walk from the Red Lion Inn and a special celebration at the Norman Rockwell Museum. On Sunday, roughly 50 antique cars will line Main Street to depict the famous scene painted by the revered artist. There is also a Victorian Merry Nutcracker Tea Party at Ventfort Hall at 4:30PM.
The bluegrass fiddler ensemble known as Childsplay will entertain at the Portland (Maine) High School Auditorium at 8PM on Saturday and then repeat the next day at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA at 3PM.
The Occidental Gypsy Jazz Quartet performs in the Ballroom at the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA on Saturday. On Sunday, Bill Kirchen’s Country/R&B Christmas Show will take place there with Girl Howdy opening. Start time is 8PM both nights.
Antje Duvekot, Anne Heaton and Meg Hutchinson are the featured folk artists on Saturday at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse in Franklin, MA beginning at 8PM. On Sunday at 7PM they repeat the performance at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA.
Dec. 4 & 5 links: www.stockbridgechamber.org, www.childsplay.org, www.monh.org, www.bullrunrestaurant.com, www.circlefolk.org, www.iheg.com.
The Sunday afternoon chamber series at the Gardner Museum in Boston features Caroline Goulding on the violin and Shuai Wang on the piano beginning at 1:30PM.
At 2PM in the Park-MCullough House in North Bennington, VT enjoy a Victorian Tea with “Lizzie McCullough” as host.
Whitehall Museum House in Middletown, RI hosts “A 1730’s Christmas” complete with live music and refreshments from 2-4PM.
At 3PM in the Shelton (CT) Intermediate School the New Haven Symphony features Concertmaster Ani Kavafian performing Mozart’s Turkish Concerto.
In Boston the TD Garden hosts Andrea Bocelli for his Christmas concert which begins at 7PM.
Sonya Kitchell opens for folk legend Judy Collins at the Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction, VT beginning at 7PM.
Also in Vermont with the same start time, the contemporary classical music group known as eighth blackbird (no caps, please) takes the stage at the Flynn Center in Burlington.
In Rockport, MA on Cape Ann, Shawnn Monteiro and the Mike Renzi Trio bring jazz to the Shalin Liu Performance Center beginning at 8PM.
And, in the Ridgefield (CT) Playhouse, longtime Latin Pop star Jose Feliciano appears at 8PM.
Dec. 5 links: www.gardnermuseum.org, www.parkmccullough.org, www.whitehallmuseumhouse.org, www.newhavensympnohy.org, www.tdgarden.com, www.tupelohallvermont.com, www.flynncenter.org, www.rockportmusic.org, www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org.