Wednesday, June 12, 2024


The setup for a holiday party at Somerville’s Q Division recording studios last year. (Photo: Q Division)

The setup for a holiday party at Somerville’s Q Division recording studios last year — just waiting for attendees this year. (Photo: Q Division)

It’s Friday and you have nothing to do? Don’t worry. Here are two events that would welcome your procrastinating self:

Aggregation No. 1The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert is at 8 tonight at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $20, or $15 for students and seniors.

Tonight you’ll feel the holiday spirit, as music director Cynthia Woods leads the 40-year-old orchestra in presenting seasonal favorites such as Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite” and “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore. Soloists Kimberly Moller, soprano, and Cody Ingram, tenor, are on the hand to perform holiday classics such as “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and songs from “My Fair Lady” and “Into the Woods.”

The show benefits the Helping Hand Food Pantry, run by St. James’s Episcopal Church (at 362 Rindge Ave. during church reconstruction) to provide groceries to between 300 and 400 households in need. Concertgoers are asked to bring a donation of an unexpired packaged or canned food item.

Aggregation No. 2The Q Division Concerted Efforts Moontower Holiday Party starts at 7 tonight at the studios, 363 Highland Ave., near Davis Square, Somerville, with the bands coming along a bit later. The edibles at this party are from the Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co. food truck – a first for Q Division. Supplies are limited!

Q Division has been around since 1986, serving as a record label for performers including Anne Heaton, Will Dailey and Ruby Rose Fox and recording studio for artists including Pixies, Aimee Mann, Mission of Burma and James Taylor.