Taconic Music offering New Year's Eve, family concerts
Maxine Linehan will make her Vermont debut on Dec. 31 at the Events Barn at the Inn at Manchester. She will be joined by nine string players, including four violinists, two viola players, two cellos and one double bass player.
The family concert will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 30 at the Manchester Community Library.
Ariel Rudiakov and Joana Genova are the co-directors of Taconic Music and will perform in both concerts.
Coincidentally Linehan moved to Vermont from New York City in July. She said she's worked in similar circles as Genova.
"Joana and Ari are world class musicians and I'm honored to perform with them," Linehan said in an email. "My husband and I have taken the kids to the New Year's Eve concert for the last few years. My six year old daughter Rebecca has been playing violin since she was 3-years-old and my son Gabriel has just started to play the cello, so they love watching accomplished string players like Joana and Ari!"
Linehan studied at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is a member of Actors' Equity, according to her site. Her solo show "An American Journey" sold out in New York City and was turned into a live album — a story of immigration expressed in song. In early 2017 a live album will be released — "What Would Petula Do?" at Theatre du Chatelet — where Linehan had her debut as a tribute to Petula Clark.
The singer talked about being part of the community and getting involved in the annual celebrations and events.
"I think it's important to be an active part of the community, especially the music community," she said. "I've always scheduled to be off at this time of year to focus on my family, but this year is different as new residents of Vermont it's nice to be a part of the local celebrations. I'm getting to know so many local people, many of whom don't know what I do for a living, but they've seen the poster around town and are starting to make the connection!"
When Linehan picked her son up from school one day, a classmate asked if she was famous because he saw the concert poster.
Even though Linehan is a solo artist, she said collaborating with musicians inspires "diversity and ingenuity."
"As a vocalist I am always in awe of instrumentalists, I often find myself forgetting to sing in rehearsals because I'm totally immersed in the music the players are creating," she said. "So in a word I would say, inspiration! Making music is a unique and wonderful thing and it gives me great joy, but to do it alone would be no fun at all!"
Concert tunes will include global artists and genres such as Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Leroy Anderson, Argentine tango, Viennese waltz, Eastern European Folk and Broadway pieces. The show is one hour.
Linehan will project renditions of "Smoke Gets Into Your Eyes," "Danny Boy," and Petula Clark's "Downtown," according to a release from Taconic Music.
Event sponsors include Dr. Anita Masaitis, Mulligan's of Manchester, Christmas Days, Samuelson Law Offices, Green Door Day Spa and Zippy Chicks.
According to Rudiakov, 75 seats have been reserved for the concert and dinner on Dec. 31. Space is limited to 130 seats.
If you go .
Family Concert 2 p.m. Dec. 30 at Manchester Community Library Adults $10 with suggested donation, kids free.
New Year's Eve Concert 5 p.m. Dec. 31 at Inn at Manchester. Concert admission $25, concert and dinner $50.
Dinner reservations should be made by Dec. 27 at 802-362-1793.
Reach staff writer Makayla-Courtney McGeeney at 802-490-6471 or @MC_McGeeney.
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