Litchfield, CT --
Contact: Janet L. Serra
For Immediate Release
You don't have to put up with big city crowds and prices to enjoy wonderful holiday entertainment this season. Comedy legend Bill Cosby, jazz great Wynton Marsalis, country favorite Wynonna Judd and the Moscow Ballet's Nutcracker are among the highlights of a great season of events in store in the charming small towns of Connecticut's Litchfield Hills. Traditional favorites like Dickens' A Christmas Carol., choir concerts and a unique holiday dinner-and-theater show also are among the choices.
Waterbury's beautiful showplace, the Palace Theater, will host some of the top names. The 1922 classic built in the heyday of movie palaces has been beautifully restored to become the regional center for performing arts with noted performers on the docket year-round. In December, Wynonna Judd will be spreading some down home holiday cheer with her A Classic Christmas show on Thursday, December 6th , at 7:30 pm while Moscow Ballet's fabulous Great Russian Nutcracker takes the stage on Tuesday December 11 at 7:30 pm, bringing the magical holiday tale to life with hand painted sets, larger-than-life puppets and breath-taking scenic design by Valentine Fedora. Nutcracker tickets begin at $24..
On Friday, December 15th the holiday season is brightened with a performance by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing their unique take on Tchaikovsky's classic music, Ellington's Nutcracker, on Saturday, December 15 at 8 pm. For tickets and information, phone (203) 755-4700 or see www.palacetheaterct.org.
A Christmas Carol, Dickens' classic Christmas tale, transporting audience back to the cobblestone streets of Victorian London, will be on stage in two different productions, at the Palace in Waterbury on December 5th and at another beautiful theater being restored, the 1880 Thomaston Opera House, (860-283-6350; www.thomastonoperahouse.org for evening performances November 23, 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15, and 2 p.m. matinees on November 24 and 25 and December 2 and 9, 2007.
The TriArts Sharon Playhouse (www.triarts.org) is presenting another family favorite, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, for three performances, Friday December 14th at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 15th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, December 16th at 2 p.m. The top ticket price is $20.
Several events will please those who enjoy traditional choral music at Christmas. The annual Holiday concert by the combined choirs of the Sherman and New Milford Congregational Churches, 50 voices strong, will take place in each lovely venue, Saturday, December 8th at 4:00 p.m. at The Sherman Church, 6 Church Rd, and on Sunday, December 9th at 4:30 p.m. at The New Milford Church, located on the town Green. The hour -long concert will also feature organ, piano, and flute.
The Waterbury Chorale presents Christmas at the Palace on Saturday, December 1, at 8 p. m. and the Connecticut Valley Theatre Organ Society (CVTOS) will present an Organ Pops Concert featuring virtuoso organist Clark Wilson on Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 2:00 pm at the Thomaston Opera House, featuring as special guests, The Litchfield County Children's Choir.
HOLIDAY DINING AND SONG
One of the favorite holiday traditions in the area is the Christmas Theatre Banquet presented at the Spinning Wheel on Route 58 in Redding, a charming inn dating to the 1700s. An original production, the show features five professional beautifully costumed performers, a heartwarming storyline, and lovely vocal arrangements of holiday music. Each act of the musical goes on following a course during a four-course lunch or dinner, making for a truly festive holiday outing. Matinee and evening performances are scheduled almost every day except Monday, November 5 through December 28. Advance reservations are required. Contact the restaurant at (203) 835-3006 or www.spinningwheelinn-ct.com/thechristmasshow.htm
For more information about holiday events and a free copy of UNWIND, a 112-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the attractions in the Litchfield Hills write to the Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, call (860) 567-4506 or check the Internet at www.litchfieldhills.com.