Madison warms up frosty day with 2018 holiday fest

Santa arrives at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Santa arrives at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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By Jeff Sovelove

 

The 2018 holiday season got off to a rousing start over the long Thanksgiving weekend with the 13th annual Madison Holiday Arts Festival. 

Sponsored by the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance, Friday’s Festival featured something for everyone, from traditional music to dance to audience participation.

Composer/Conductor Robert W. Butts of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and sopranos Timothy Cole and Theresa  Colamano played and sang traditional holiday music along with original compositions. 

Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove; hover/ click on images for captions:

Parade at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Santa arrives at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Aubrey, 11, her mom, and her dog Dude take in the parade at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Braedon, 5, of Wayne, boogies down at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Studio Yoga at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Studio Yoga at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Parade at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Parade at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Parade at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Parade at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The holiday parade, at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Jerry Vezza, featuring Alex Rienzi - who has been performing at the Festival with Jerry since he was in 6th grade, at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Robert W. Butts and Soprano Theresa Colamano, at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Piano virtuoso Nicolas Gritz, 15, at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Rosewood, including the whole McManus clan, performs at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The packed venue at Short Stories, at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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A bit later, 15-year-old piano virtuoso Nicolas Gritz wowed the crowd with selections from Rachmaninoff.  

The belly dancers of Studio Yoga showed off their form with both traditional and flamenco fusion dances, delighting the audience. 

Later at Short Stories, the acoustic pop/rock band Rosewood played to a packed house before Hatchet Jack took the stage with its blend of pop/blues. 

Finally, Jerry Vezza  took to the stage at Shanghai  Jazz before the traditional holiday parade. featuring the jolly old elf himself.

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