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REVIEW: Energy to spare — The TMC Orchestra and Shostakovich Fill the Shed with Sound and Drama

Despite its year-to-year changing membership, this orchestra is reliably distinguished by energy, enthusiasm, and responsiveness, along with technical polish and precision.

CONNECTIONS: Old-fashioned New England New Year’s celebrations

The New Year celebration far outstripped the celebration of Christmas in New England.

Bits & Bytes: Bach at New Year’s; Max Creek at the Colonial; Gedney Farm New Year’s dance party; Felice Brothers at Club Helsinki Hudson

Max Creek sculpts lengthy shows on the fly from their catalog of more than 200 songs with rockers, ballads, deep jams and crowd sing-alongs.

EYES TO THE SKY: Reach for extraterrestrial holiday lights on darkest, latest mornings

Below and left of Jupiter, relatively faint planet Mercury twinkles close above the skyline while, to the right of Mercury, red star Antares, also pale in the dawn light, rises into the winter morning sky.

The Self-Taught Gardener: Winter’s call

A New Year’s Eve walk through the Olbrich Botanical Garden in Madison, Wisc., made me realize that buds, fruits, and bark can draw us into the winter landscape and keep us outdoors in the depths of the season.

Happy New Year – past and present

In young adulthood, you imbibed your way past any sense or inhibition, danced yourself into a good lather, and got to kiss your neighbor’s wife at midnight.
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