The Dryden Theatre presents the classic holiday film, “It’s a Wonderful Life” with an exciting twist. Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu, and Jimmy Hawkins, who played Tommy Bailey, will introduce the film and share behind-the-scenes stories of the making of this beloved classic. It’s one of the most inspirational movies of all time as George Bailey and his wife Mary Hatch find their way through rough times in Bedford Falls. 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. eastman.org/dryden
Golden Link Folk Singing Society Inc. presents guitarist and singer/songwriter Brooks Williams.
You’ll find Williams at the crossroads of blues and American roots music. Born in Statesboro, Ga., Williams now resides in the U.K. He developed his signature sound in the small bars and coffeehouses of New York City and Boston, his laid-back vocals floating over Resonator riffs, Piedmont picking and cigar box slide.
Ranked as one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, Williams writes groove-laden songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and intense guitar chops. Williams has performed on stages worldwide for more than 25 years, amassing an impressive catalog of songs, recordings and tales. He now has over 20 records to his name.
Along with his guitar playing, Williams is also a great singer. In 2013, he was nominated best male vocalist by the U.K.’s foremost roots-music mavens, Spiral Earth. Over the years he’s played alongside artists like Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Paul Jones, Chris Smither, Little Feat and Maria Muldaur.
According to AmericanaUK, Williams “has a beautiful voice that you just melt into.”
Williams performs on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church. goldenlink.org
This weekend is the College at Brockport’s annual Sounds of the Season holiday concert.
The College at Brockport’s music studies program is highlighting female composers this year, so the Brockport College-Community Chorus’ Sounds of the Season concert will feature several songs composed by women, including Molly Ijames’ setting of “Here We Come a-Caroling” and Lisa Loeb’s celebration of Chanukah, “Light.”
Music director Elizabeth Banner also incorporated female written songs like Jean Berger’s new version of “What Sweeter Music Can We Bring,” as well as many other beloved carols and songs, old and new, such as “Mary, Did You Know?” “Good Christian Men, Rejoice,” “Winter Wonderland,” and even Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime.”
Banner confides that she “found a vocal arrangement of ‘Sleigh Ride’ which rivals what we all think of when we think of the song, which is the Boston Pops’ rendition.”
What is really energizing Banner during this busy season is the concept of “collaboration. It has bloomed in the confines of the music studies program itself, but also amongst the students, who have really stepped up within the group.”
The concert will conclude, as always, with the beautiful Darmon Meader arrangement of “Silent
Night,” during which the audience will be invited to sing along with the chorus.
7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at First Presbyterian Church of Brockport. brockport.edu