First Night Worcester festivities offer a day and night of contrasts

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WORCESTER – First Night Worcester 2016 came in like a lion – at least on Tuckerman Hall stage.

A fiery red and white costume Chinese Lion Dance combined flashes of acrobatics and symbolism in a performance by The Southeast Asian Coalition “Youth Effect” that opened the First Night evening festivities Thursday in the venerable hall. Outside a short while later, two horses pulling a packed wagon of people could be seen traveling along Tuckerman Street and then turning right onto Salisbury Street.

New Year’s Eve in Worcester was often full of nice contrasts. “Cute to sophisticated” was how Sarah Smongeski, executive director of Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester, had described in advance the First Night concert to be put on by the music school and the Worcester Children’s Chorus in Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 Main St. The performance included the Worcester Children’s Chorus youngest choir singing “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” and 16-year-old violinist P.J. Mara of the music school giving a solo rendition of V. Monti’s rhapsodic “Csardas.”

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December 31st 2015 by FNW
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