This time of year brings with it a number of familiar traditions and trappings, and the music is possibly the most recognizable of them all. Whether you love or hate being inundated with the carols from radio stations and shopping centers, you know these compositions within the first few notes and even well after the season has passed they’ll make you think of the holidays.
Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite contains some of the most beloved of holiday-related musical works, and many musicians have used all sorts of instruments to play versions of these pieces. Italian musician Robert Tiso is a virtuoso of the “glass harp,” an instrument carefully assembled and calibrated by filling wine goblets with fluid to produce a specific pitch when rubbed with wet fingers. For your enjoyment, here he is performing “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”: