Seeing music live is a great way to really feel the music, especially when you position yourself directly between the cymbals. Be at the center of it all with this GrouponLive deal to see "It’s a Jazzy Christmas!" at the Massry Center for the Arts. For $12, you get one ticket for best-available seating to a show on Sunday, December 2 (up to a $22.50 value, including all fees). Doors open 30 minutes before each performance. Choose between shows at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Student tickets are $10. Children 5 and younger are admitted free, although they still need a ticket. Contact Massry Center for the Arts for more information.
The Peanut Gallery Jazz Trio, an accomplished group of jazz artists, kindles the Christmas spirit during a concert that features music from Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts holiday specials set to a storyline inspired by 1940s radio shows. After an upsetting news flash informs the audience that the Christmas spirit has been lost, musicians try to save the day by playing favorite carols, such as "O Tannenbaum." Noted for nimble piano keystrokes, fresh arrangements of classics, and the unusual use of live roosters instead of trumpets, Guaraldi's catalog evokes the simple nostalgia of Christmases past. Jazz notes reverberate throughout the 400-seat Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, which traps the outgoing giggles of a tickled Steinway piano with Peter D'Antonio-designed acoustic panels and 380-pound doors. A reception between performances at 4:15 p.m. punctuates new memories for children and stirs up old memories in adult children with milk and cookies.
The Massry Center for the Arts
Named for the Massry family, whose contributions to The College of Saint Rose helped propel the construction of the arts emporium, the Massry Center for the Arts furthers community appreciation for the arts through performances and events. Music-education classrooms and rehearsal rooms beckon fledgling performers to further their sonic craft, whereas a gallery and a recital hall allow artists to showcase their paintings or beat-boxed readings of the Constitution. The entire environmentally friendly center adheres to green standards, with a geothermal system for heating and cooling, wind-powered electricity, and hardwood floors made of American cherry wood culled from tree farms.