MANCHESTER - In what is quickly becoming a seasonal favorite, Manchester Music Festival will present its 4th annual New Year's Eve Celebration Concerts on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at the First Congregational Church in Manchester Village. The concert will feature the Manchester Music Festival Ensemble with soloists Joana Genova and Heather Braun, violins, Elizabeth Wright, piano, and Margaret Telscher, mezzo-soprano, in a program featuring Bach, Piazzolla, and seasonal favorites.

The day's performances begin with a 4 p.m. Family Concert that will include students from MMF's Michael Rudiakov Music Academy (MRMA) playing alongside the professional musicians, with some family-friendly music, selections from the evening concert and a special performance of a song composed by MRMA student Katianna Nardone and sung by Margaret Telscher. The family concert is free for children 18 and under, and $13 for adults. It is a festive and inexpensive way for families of all ages to kick off their New Year's celebration.

At 6 p.m., MMF's Evening Concert features a slightly longer program that opens with Ms. Genova and Ms. Braun playing J.S. Bach's Double Violin Concerto. Following this lively duet, Ms. Telscher will sing selections from Cole Porter and Herman Hupfeld, and hot on Ms. Telscher's heels will be the Festival Ensemble with Astor Piazzolla's intriguing tango collection, "The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires." Ms. Telscher returns with a selection from Die Fledermaus and the concert ends with a rousing rendition of Strauss' Radetzky March. Evening concert attendees will also be treated to a selection of fine chocolates and a sparkling toast - a perfect pre-dinner entre to the later-evening festivities. Tickets for the 6 p.m. performance are $30 for adults, $13 for those 18-and-under. Tickets can be purchased online at mmfvt.org, by phone at (802) 362-1956, and at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester.

For more information on Manchester Music Festival's New Year's Eve concerts or year-round programs, or to purchase tickets, visit www.mmfvt.org or call 802-362-1956.