Home for the Holidays
Come join SAC for our 5th Annual Christmas/Holiday extravaganza!
Directed by Mary Beth Luzitano, Home for the Holidays: A Performance of Holiday Stories and Songs will be held at the Westport Grange, in Westport, MA. Shows are at 2:00pm and 7:00pm on Saturday, December 7th.
Tickets are $10/General Admission, $25/Families of 3 or more. You can buy tickets at the door or online HERE!
The cast includes: Siobhan LaPorte-Cauley, Brian Driscoll, Sarah Lynne Hetman, Kathleen Hilery, Michael Campo, Mary Beth Luzitano, George Luzitano, and more! Light refreshments will be served and carols will be sung, so warm up your vocal chords in the car! Special thanks to Filedheart Music School in East Bridgewater, MA and the Somerset Public Library!
A Midsummer Night's Dream a huge success!
For the fourth year in a row, Striving Artists produced free “Shakespeare in the Park” at several outstanding venues including Beverly's Hale Farm, Fall River Historical Society, and Borderland State Park in Easton. Click HERE for production info, photos, articles, video of Midsummer, and more!
Christmas with the SAC Pack
The long-anticipated Christmas album from Striving Artists is finally here! After 8 months of recording sessions, producer Greg Luzitano unleashes a whopping 50 tracks over the span of 2 CDs. With SAC friends old and new, including studio versions of 19 songs from the first three years of Striving Artists Christmas shows, Greg Luzitano's arrangements aim to reinvent perennial favorites, while drawing from a multitude of genres and styles to make what he calls a "mixtape for people who don't ordinarily listen to Christmas music". For those people, the album should convince them to give these songs another chance. And for those who love Christmas music, the album will give them new and inventive ways to hear their favorites.
In our digital download section below, you'll find 30-second samples of every song. Or scroll down further to hear full-length versions of three singles from the album, "Do You Hear What I Hear", "Walking in the Air", and "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"!
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Orders are being accepted now. We have a limited amount of stock and we want to be sure you get your copy as quickly as possible upon its release. You can choose the CDs, in a lovely tri-fold package, or a high quality digital version for download below. And get ready for our 4th annual Christmas show, Snow Globes and Music Boxes, to be performed at The First Church in Salem December 14-16. Bring your album purchase receipt with you to any of the three performances, and a ticket discount will be applied at the door.
We hope you enjoy the album. It's been a labor of love, and we're very proud of the finished product! Scroll down for a complete list of songs and performers!
1. Our Prayer (Wilson) - Abigail Shaughnessy & Greg Luzitano
2. The Christmas Waltz (Cahn, Styne) - Greg Luzitano
3. One More Sleep ‘til Christmas (Williams) - Greg Luzitano
4. What Child is This - Julie Rackauskas
5. Do You Hear What I Hear (Regney, Shane) - Carol Grossi Smolinsky
6. The Christmas Song (Torme, Wells) - Jennifer Luzitano
7. Silver Bells (Livingston, Evans) - Ron Cook & Amy Cook
8. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch (Geisel, Hague) - Johnbarry Green
9. Skating (Guaraldi)
10. Deck the Halls/Bring a Torch - Rachel Andersen
11. Elf’s Lament (Robertson) - Greg Luzitano
12. Arabic Dance
13. Baby It’s Cold Outside (Loesser) - Greg Geer & Stacey Geer
14. O Holy Night/Ave Maria - Lauren Vien & Kristin Farrell
15. I Saw Three Ships - Brian Heavey
16. O Come All Ye Faithful - Greg Luzitano
17. The Man With the Bag (Stanley, Taylor, Brooks) - Julie Carroll
18. There Was a Little Baby - The Hookway Sisters with Greg Luzitano
19. River (Mitchell) - Shannon Baker
20. Angels We Have Heard on High/Away in a Manger - Elizabeth Camboia
21. Give Love on Christmas Day (Gordy, Perren, Perren, Mizell, Richards) - Madeleine Carbonneau
22. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (Gannon, Kent, Ram) - Julia Nelson
23. Little Saint Nick (Wilson, Love) - Greg Luzitano
24. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Martin, Blane) - Jackie Marchetti
25. Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season (Berlin, Thompson) - Greg Luzitano
Bonus Track: Could You Be Messiah (Valenciano) - Jon Meer Vera Perez
1. Getting Ready for Christmas Day (Simon) - Greg Luzitano, Savanah Shaughnessy & Tofer Carlson
2. A Winter’s Tale (Batt, Rice) - Lisa Roumeliotis
3. God Rest Ye Three Kings on the Mountain - Ron Cook & Amy Cook
4. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve (Loesser) - Claire Dickson
5. Children, Go Where I Send Thee - Michelle Mercier
6. Footprints (McCartney) - Shannon Baker
7. Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy (Grossman, Fraser, Kohan, Davis, Onorati, Simeone) - Mary Beth Luzitano & Greg Luzitano
8. Someday at Christmas (Miller, Wells) - Elle Beah Lacey
9. The First Noel - Jeff Destautels
10. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Pola, Wyle) - Greg Luzitano
11. Walking in the Air (Blake) - Matthew Dinda
12. Sleigh Ride (Anderson, Parish) - Abigail Shaughnessy & Greg Luzitano
13. Christmastime is Here (Guaraldi, Mendelson)- Jennifer Perrault
14. Christmas in Killarney (Redmond, Cavanaugh, Weldon) - Brian Heavey
15. White Christmas (Berlin) - Nicole Morris
16. Jingle Bells - Savanah Shaughnessy & Abigail Shaughnessy
17. The Christmas Wish (Wheetman) - Andrea Luff
18. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Madeleine Carbonneau
19. Christmas is Coming (Guaraldi)
20. O Little Town of Bleak Midwinter - Stacey Geer
21. Mistletoe and Holly (Sanicola, Sinatra, Stanford) - Mary Beth Luzitano
22. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Willson) - Sean Murphy and Kelly Murphy
23. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (Coots, Gillespie) - Savanah Shaughnessy & Greg Luzitano
24. All I Want for Christmas is You (Carey, Afanasieff) - Jennifer Luzitano
25. Auld Lang Syne - Kelsey Baker
Produced by Greg Luzitano
Arrangements by Greg Luzitano
Greg Luzitano: Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Piano, Keyboards, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Melodica, Harmonica, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Drum Sequencing
Steve Lennon: Drums
Bethany Arnold: Saxophone
Lauren Bailey: Cello
Kelsey Baker: Backing Vocals on “Angels We Have Heard on High/Away in a Manger”
Daniel Bryand: French Horn
Ron Cook: Recorders, Acoustic Guitar on “Arabic Dance”
Jeff Desautels: Ukulele on “The First Noel”
Brian Heavey: Bodhran
Elizabeth Hookway: Trombone
Emma Hookway: Flute, Piccolo
Jessica Hookway: Trumpet
Matt Luzitano: Electric Guitar on “The Christmas Song”
Jake Smith: Electric Guitar on “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, “Deck the Halls/Bring a Torch”
Abigail Shaughnessy: Backing Vocals on “Deck the Halls/Bring a Torch”, “O Holy Night/Ave Maria”, “The First Noel”, “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”
Savanah Shaughnessy: Backing Vocals on “Angels We Have Heard on High/Away in a Manger”, "Auld Lang Syne"
Gabrielle Toscano: Violin, Viola
Jon Meer Vera Perez: Piano, Production, Arrangement on "Could You Be Messiah"