Get Into the Holiday Spirit at the 5th Annual Not So Silent Night
By Warren Banholzer
Not So Silent Night is back on the stage at The Picture House Pelham on December 17! This one-night-only special event is a holiday benefit concert featuring local talent sharing winter and holiday-themed music and song.
I’m so proud to be working with The Picture House to create what has become an annual holiday tradition here in Pelham and to have the opportunity to work with so many talented local musicians and performers.
Since starting in 2018 — including a virtual show in 2020 — Not So Silent Night has entertained thousands of attendees, hosted talented local amateur, professional, and aspiring artists, young and old, and raised meaningful funds for the Not-For-Profit Picture House and the great programs they offer the community.
One of the most enjoyable parts of doing this show every year is seeing performers join together to help one another with their numbers. Adults helping high school acts, professionals helping amateurs. There are no egos and everyone brings their A-game.
Local musicians not only donate their time and talent, but everyone comes together to lend and share equipment. “Whatever is needed” is the theme. For the past 3 years, Pelham resident Bob Rendon has graciously donated his time and PA equipment to provide a professional sound that the audience and the performers all appreciate.
Not So Silent Night has really grown in these past five years, and 2022 is shaping up to be one of the best years ever!
A bagpipe player will herald the event outside, and carolers in The Picture House lobby will welcome ticket holders. On stage, we’ll have several returning local favorites including Valerie Lemon, The Stellar Wolfs, Today’s Outfit, and Liam Ginsburg, and a great new batch of young performers like Crimson Utopia, and Julia and Kira Findikyan. Performing this year for the first time are several talented Pelhamites! Colonial music instructor and classical guitar player, Rami Vamos will perform two of his original compositions, and Janine LaManna, a phenomenal Broadway performer, will make her Not So Silent Night debut. This year’s show will also, for the first time, feature a who’s who of local professional performers donating their talents, including touring Broadway artist and former PMHS graduate Veronica Stern, CNBC Economics Reporter and leader of The Stella Blues Band, Steve Liesman, local artist Monica Uhm, and Westchester native and roots rock/Americana recording artist Rebecca Haviland, who has released 4 albums including a new holiday album out this month. Rebecca has toured internationally with Roberta Flack, Chris Young, Rick Springfield, Martin Sexton and James McCartney.
Tickets for the 2022 Not So Silent Night are on sale now.