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Carolers gather outside TAUNY in downtown Canton.
Carolers gather outside TAUNY in downtown Canton.

Canton carolers hit the street

With homemade tin lanterns in hand, about two dozen carolers took to the streets of Canton late last week to share their joy of song and the Holidays. Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, TAUNY, sponsored the caroling party. Todd Moe tagged along.  Go to full article
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Hallelujah! A sing-along in Tupper Lake

NCPR is media sponsor for a Messiah community sing-along in Tupper Lake on Sunday. Handel's holiday choral masterpiece is a Tri-Lakes tradition and is being presented this year by the High Peaks Opera Studio, the Tri-Lakes Community Orchestra and the Tupper Lake Arts Council. Todd Moe spoke with Dorit Gaedtke, founder and manager of the Tri-Lakes Community Orchestra, who invites everyone, singers and non-singers, to Holy Name Catholic Church on Sunday (5 pm).  Go to full article
TAUNY hosts a caroling party on Friday starting at 3 pm.
TAUNY hosts a caroling party on Friday starting at 3 pm.

The evolution of Christmas caroling

Songs celebrating midwinter, the solstice and Christmas have been sung for centuries. Caroling, or groups of singers moving from house to house during the Holidays, probably began in England, France and Germany in the 15th century. But what about the various forms it takes in America today? Caroling was popular in the Victorian era. What motivates people to bundle-up and sing outdoors in December today? Todd Moe talks with Traditional Arts in Upstate New York staff folklorist Hannah Harvester about the history and evolution of caroling in the U.S. She'll give a lecture about her master's degree thesis "Why These Songs of Happy Cheer?" at TAUNY in Canton tonight at 7 o'clock.  Go to full article

New music for the season: "Be the Light"

Award-winning musicians Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan will host a Holiday concert on Saturday, December 18th at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. This will mark their tenth annual family Holiday show and will include other local musicians and some surprises. Todd Moe talks with Dan and Peggy about their new cd, Be the Light, which includes original and traditional songs and tunes for the Christmas and winter season.  Go to full article
Lee Knight in the NCPR studio
Lee Knight in the NCPR studio

Music: Christmas tunes from the Appalachians

Folk balladeer Lee Knight joined Todd Moe in the studio this morning to share
some favorite Christmas music with roots in Appalachia. Knight, who grew up in Saranac Lake, lives in North Carolina and has dedicated his career to preserving traditional music in the Adirondacks and the Appalachians. He became familiar with the cultures of both regions in college and learned the stories and music from traditional sources -- the people who had them as part of their community for generations.  Go to full article
<i>Merry Tuba Christmas</i> will be held at the United Methodist Church, Potsdam, this Sunday at 4pm.
Merry Tuba Christmas will be held at the United Methodist Church, Potsdam, this Sunday at 4pm.

The low brass sounds of Christmas

Local tubists will oompah their way through Christmas carols in Potsdam this Sunday. "Merry Tuba Christmas" is an event held in more than 250 communities around the world to celebrate tubas, baritones and low-brass music for the Holidays. Ron Berry is organizing the concert in Potsdam. He told Todd Moe that this year's "Merry Tuba Christmas" will be dedicated to its founder, Harvey Phillips, who passed away in October at the age of 80. Phillips created the annual event 37 years ago as a tribute to the late great tubist William Bell.  Go to full article

The stories behind popular Holiday songs

Christmas-themed shows have opened on Broadway, and just check out the shelves of local retailers and you'll know the Holiday season is here. A time of gift giving, good cheer and music. Chris Kenney grew up in Clayton and studied music and history at St. Lawrence University.

The stories behind those popular Christmas carols and winter songs, like Jingle Bells and White Christmas, are his passion. Todd Moe spoke with Kenney about a lecture/performance he'll present Wednesday at 8 pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall at St. Lawrence. He'll trace the history, composer biographies and social implications of many Holiday songs.  Go to full article

Preview: songs from winter's heart

Social Band, a mixed chorus of 22 singers based in Burlington, has a new CD that celebrates all things winter -- from outer cold to inner warmth. This is the group's first winter album. The music ranges from medieval carols to works by modern Vermont composers. Todd Moe talks with director Amity Baker about Deep Midwinter.  Go to full article

Preview: carol sing in Sackets Harbor

To celebrate the season, the Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble will present its second annual Sackets Harbor Village Carol Sing this Sunday afternoon (3 pm) at the United Presbyterian Church of Sackets Harbor. The group of 36 local singers will perform works by Puccini, Dawson, Billings and Gibbs. Joining the chorus will be guest tenor Robert Mack who has performed with opera houses around the world. Todd Moe talks with the ensemble's music director, Richard Probert, about programming the annual village carol concert.  Go to full article
"The Angel of the Resurrection" window at Trinity Episcopal Church in Potsdam NY. Tiffany, 1895.
"The Angel of the Resurrection" window at Trinity Episcopal Church in Potsdam NY. Tiffany, 1895.

Open Studio live from Trinity Church (full program)

NCPR's monthly arts program, broadcast live from Trinity Episcopal Church in Potsdam. Hear the story behind the church's Tiffany stained glass windows, and meet a local artist whose classroom project led to a passion for stained glass art. Sample holiday music from around the world with the Noteworthy Handbell Choir, and preview St. Lawrence University's Christmas opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors.  Go to full article

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