Need a break from all the holiday shopping? Make some time to unwind and enjoy the sounds of the season at one of the many festive concerts along the Hudson River.
With so many magnificent performances planned in the Hudson Valley over the next few weeks, pick a few and brush up your vocal cords. ‘Tis the season for caroling!
Hearst Center, The College of Saint Rose, Albany
December 15, 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Spend the afternoon at a concert filled with holiday classics and festive children’s songs. The event is recommended for families with younger children, but everyone is welcome.
Albany Public Library, Albany
December 17, 12:15 p.m.
Hosted by the Friends of Albany Public Library, this holiday concert centers around music by the Albany High School Choir. No registration is required at the free afternoon program.
1 Church St, Hyde Park
December 13, 8 p.m.
There are multiple performers at this annual holiday concert, so be prepared for a full show. Along with the Wallkill High School Madrigal Choir, singer-songwriters Melissa Holland and Ethan Campbell will croon seasonal tunes.
Fisher Center, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson
December 15, 3 p.m.
Bard’s Performing Arts department comes together for a holiday–themed afternoon filled with classic works by Berlioz, Bach, and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.
82 BBQ, Verbank
December 20, 6-8 p.m.
A charity concert to benefit Angels of Light, Inc., the December to-do features music by New York tenor Christopher Macchio. Attendees can enjoy a holiday dinner buffet before the concert, then stay for dessert and a meet and greet with the music maker himself.
Goshen and Warwick
December 13 at 7 p.m., December 15 at 4 p.m.
The Hudson Valley chorus makes its way first to Grace Episcopal Church in Middletown and then to St. Stephens RC Church in Warwick for two holiday concerts in December. During both shows, guests can listen to holiday favorites and classical compositions to get into the spirit of the season.
Maybrook Senior Center, Maybrook
December 13, 7:30 p.m.
This holiday concert features everything from Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival” to Albert Hague’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” After the show, attendees can mix and mingle with the musicians while enjoying light refreshments.
Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh
December 14, 4 p.m.
Not only does this concert feature orchestrations of holiday classics, but it loops in performances by solo artists as well. This is a great option for college students, since admission is free with a college ID.
EMPAC Concert Hall, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy
December 15, 3-5 p.m.
Stop by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s concert hall for a seasonal performance of “Hallelujah” by the Rensselaer Orchestra and Concert Choir. Designed to celebrate divine music and human accomplishments, the show concludes with a sing-along of the chorus from Handel’s Messiah.
Friends of Nyack Library, Nyack
December 15, 7:30-9 p.m.
Americans aren’t the only ones who celebrate Christmas by caroling; it’s a tradition in England as well. During this concert, a range of early English carols, 18th and 19th century tunes, and contemporary pieces will get everyone in the holiday spirit.