'Tis the Season


By Craig Thornton

On Friday, December 3rd, the St. Lawrence County Arts Council will be transformed into a wintry forest in far away Scandinavia.  Martha Gallagher will weave an unusual Christmas tale together with original music in her telling of The Christmas Rose.

Martha was inspired by The Legend of the Christmas Rose, a story written by Sweden's Selma Lagerloff, winner of the 1909 Nobel Prize in Literature. "My imagination was captured by Lagerloff's story the very first time I heard it, read by a friend of Scandinavian descent, by the light of real candles burning on his Christmas tree on a snowy night many years ago," says Gallagher.  The tale takes place in a monastery garden, a poor village, and a deep, dark northern forest.  There are thieves, monks, robber women, herbs, flowers, wild animals, and wilder children.  There are the rich, the poor, the narrow-minded, and the open-hearted.  There is danger, faith, mistrust, love, and, of course, miracles.  "This unique story is captivating and perfect for the darkest time of the year, when light and miracles abound throughout many of the traditions of the season," says Gallagher. "While it is a story that has its basis in Christian beliefs, the miracles of the heart, which are the ‘heart’ of the story, transcend any one religion, making it a universal tale of faith, joy, hope and love."

Gallagher, well-known in this region as The Adirondack Harper, has been performing professionally for over 30 years.  Her unique style of playing the harp has garnered her international attention and invitations to perform all over the country.  Her voice has been compared such vocal luminaries as Janis Joplin and Joan Baez.  She has performed with six-time Grammy winners The Chieftains.  Her fifth CD of all original music, Ebb & Flow, was just released on November 1st.

This program is ideal for adults, teens, and older children; it is not intended for young children.  The performance starts at 7:00pm on Friday, December 3rd at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council’s gift shop and gallery located at 51 Market St., Potsdam, NY. Admission is $10 per person. For more information on the concert, please call the SLC Arts Council at 315-265-6860. For more information on Martha Gallagher, please visit www.adkharper.com.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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