I have a love/hate relationship with holiday music. The thing I love most
about it is that there is so much of it, and that’s also the thing about
it that drives me nuts. I limit myself to listening to it only in
December due to its seasonal aspect, but I do tend to get overwhelmed by
the incredible number of holiday albums and songs from which to choose. I
cram as much as I can into one month and very often don’t seem to have
enough time to listen to my favorites.
I really like the feel-good nature of holiday music shows. Many people
attend concerts because they want to recognize and sing along with their
favorite tunes, and festive shows are great opportunities to do so. This
also tends to be a time of year when people are happy and high-spirited
and interested in staying that way (or becoming that way, as the holiday
season also comes with its own unique stresses).
Seeing a holiday show can be a great way to relax, enjoy familiar and
comforting music, and connect with other concert-goers via the shared
knowledge of and interest in the tunes performed. Infinity Hall has two
such shows coming up: Gary Hoey’s Rockin’ Holiday Show on December 15,
and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet on December 22.