of Holiday Music: Dong Zhi
Zhi (literally translated: the arrival of winter) is a Chinese
celebration of winter solstice on the longest night of the
year. Chinese families get together to visit and celebrate
the past good year. According to discover hongkong.com,
the Dong Zhi celebration can be traced to the Chinese belief
in yin and yang (a concept about balance and
harmony), and also to farmers’ year-end harvest celebrations.
This weekend, celebrate Dong Zhi with the Chinese Community
Center as a part of the Schenectady Museum’s Festival of
Holiday Music series. The festival will feature music, dance
and slides of the Chinese holiday celebration.
You can experience Festival of Holiday Music: Dong Zhi at
the Schenectady Museum (Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady)
on Saturday (Dec. 17) from 12:30 to 3 PM. The event is free
with museum admission. For more information, call the museum
a voice that has been described as “liquid silver,” Judy
Collins will return to Capital Region for a holiday show
tonight (Thursday). Grammy award- winning Collins has held
a place in American music tradition since the ’60s, beginning
as a classically trained pianist and moving on to play guitar-driven
folk songs in coffeehouses, and eventually, everywhere.
Entwined in her music has always been a commitment to causes
such as UNICEF, nonviolence, women’s issues and civil rights.
Tonight’s show will include special guests the Capital District
Youth Chorale, and will feature Christmas tunes such as
“Joy to the World,” as well as her own adaptation of “The
Night Before Christmas.”
Judy Collins will perform at the Troy Savings Bank Music
Hall (2nd and State streets, Troy), tonight (Thursday, Dec.
15) at 8 PM. Tickets are $32-$35. For tickets and more information,
many institutions do you know that have been in more-or-less
continuous operation since 1498? OK, the Vatican. Fine,
smartypants, but we meant something less global and all-encompassing.
Give up? Well, the Vienna Boys Choir has provided the music
for Sunday Mass at the Imperial Chapel in Vienna since 1498.
(That’s Vienna, Austria, currently, but the city’s
national affiliation has varied over the years.) Not bad,
choir is world renowned for its beautiful sound, built on
a tradition of excellent musicianship (and the youthfulness
of its prepubescent membership). Their repertoire includes
everything from medieval to contemporary music, but, as
their press info helpfully points out, “the core of the
touring music is motets and lieder as well as the choir’s
own arrangements of Strauss waltzes and polkas.” And since
this is the holiday season, it’s a safe bet that some traditional
holiday choral music will be featured, too.
And, we can’t end this without making reference to the picture
of the choir—cool hats, huh?
The Vienna Boys Choir will perform Wednesday (Dec. 21) at
8 PM at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (2nd and State
streets, Troy). Tickets are $33-$20. For more information,