CENTER readies holiday treats for the family

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Two holiday concerts and a run of the classic “A Christmas Carol” at The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck should get you into the holiday spirit.

Charles Dickens’ immortal ghost story–now in its 10th year at the CENTER—features faithful renderings of traditional holiday carols sung by the most unusual ghosts you’ll ever encounter. Written and directed by Lou Trapani, the performances of “A Christmas Carol” will be Fri., Dec. 20 at 8pm; Sat., Dec. 21 at 3pm and 8pm; Sun., Dec. 22, at 3pm. Tickets are $20 and can be ordered online at or by calling the box office at 845-876-3080.

Another CENTER holiday tradition arrives Fri., Dec. 27, when George Conrad will sing the season’s most popular songs, as well as a few surprises, in “Let’s Get Merry.” He will be accompanied by maestro Joel Flowers on the CENTER’s Steinway piano. The performance is at 8pm; tickets are $20.

Finally, classical guitarist David Temple will delight audiences with a musical walk through time, starting in Renaissance Italy and moving through baroque Germany, classical Vienna, romantic Spain, impressionist France and into 20th-century South America, with a few other stops along the way. “Music through the Ages: A Concert for the Classical Guitar” will be held Sat., Dec. 28 at 8pm and Sun., Dec. 19 3pm. Tickets are $20.

Box office hours are 12-5 pm, Tuesdays through Fridays, and 1-5pm on Saturdays. The CENTER, a non-profit arts and education organization, is located at 661 Route 308.

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