To help relieve the stress that the holiday season’s hustle and bustle can sometimes bring, Grace Farms Foundation is presenting “Songs of the Season,” a series of free one-hour afternoon concerts designed to offer relaxation and respite during these hectic times. The programs begin Wednesday, Dec. 20, and run daily from 2-3 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 30, with the exception of Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. The live music takes place inside the Grace Farms Sanctuary, situated on the grounds of the 80-acre natural habitat in the northeast corner of New Canaan, which is home to Grace Farms Foundation and is located at 365 Lukes Wood Road.

These events aren’t performances, per se, according to the foundation, but more, an opportunity to reflect and slow down during a busy season. Visitors will be free to wander in and out during the one-hour musical interludes.

“This will be the third year of ‘Songs of the Season,’ a very informal open-house like environment for people to come and go, and enjoy sitting quietly in the beautifully crafted SANAA-designed Sanctuary of Grace Farms,” explained Lisa Lynne Kirkpatrick, community initiative director for Grace Farms Foundation. “While taking in the vista of the landscape, guests experience the magical, natural acoustic of instrumental music resonating in the space, offering the rare moment for reflection and peace in the midst of the holiday season.”

The musical talent involved in the program is impressive. Appearing on Wednesday, Dec 20 and Thursday, Dec. 28, is Karen Nisenson, founder and clinical director of Arts for Healing, a creative arts therapy center serving children and adults with special needs, located in New Canaan. She has a bachelor’s and master’s of music degree in piano performance from the Juilliard School, a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College, N.Y., and a master’s degree in music therapy from New York University, where she served as adjunct professor.

Lisa Lynne Kirkpatrick appears on Thursday, Dec. 21, Saturday, Dec 23, and Saturday, Dec. 30. Besides being community initiative director for Grace Farms Foundation, she holds a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and a master’s degree from Alliance Theological Seminary. She is also a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices, a Grammy-nominated choir.

Tod Hedrick, originally a double bassist who now specializes in the viola da gamba, or “viol,” appears on Friday, Dec. 29. Hedrick holds a master’s degree in music performance and is pursuing a Ph.D. in musicology, with research focusing on the mid-sixteenth-century Italian madrigal. He teaches music history and theory at Hunter College, CUNY, and has lectured on music from the Renaissance to jazz. His performances showcase seventeenth-century French music as well as the sonatas by J.S. Bach and Handel. He also performs solo as part of a hospital music therapy program in New York City.

The multi-talented guitarist-composer Doug Hartline appears on Tuesday, Dec 26, and Wednesday, Dec 27. He writes strong originals, and his CDs include “Hymns on High,” “Simple Gifts,” “ A Gentle Presence,” “It’s Nice To Be Home,” and “From The Heart.” Hartline has explored presenting his music in unconventional formats such as incorporating jazz dancers in contemporary church services. He’s also Redding’s health officer.

Jazz pianist and educator Joyce DiCamillo appears on Friday, Dec. 22.

The Stamford-based pianist has led her own jazz trio for over thirty years and released five CDs. A longtime classical piano instructor and jazz coach, DiCamillo was a member of the IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) and is a co-founder/instructor of the Young Artists Summer Jazz Workshop. She has also performed with such jazz greats as James Moody, Phil Woods, and Houston Person.

After serving as executive director and director of Jazz studies for Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic for over two decades, DiCamillo stepped down in 2014 to launch Project Music, a program for Stamford’s inner-city youth, and she has served as the program’s board chair since its inception. A graduate of Syracuse University School of Music, she holds a degree in music theory/composition with honors in piano.

In New Canaan, DiCamillo will perform in a duo format with bassist Joe Sinaguglia, who has performed in musical theatre, off-Broadway, and in the Saturday Night Live band. “The trove of holiday music is so vast, that I very much look forward to opportunities to ‘do my own thing’ with it,” said DiCamillo, recently. “Listeners will hear the standard holiday repertoire done my way, which is with a reverence for the melody while using each song as a vehicle for improvisation, as welI.”

She added: “I have played on many occasions with Joe and love doing so. He is a phenomenon of sorts in that he’s equally at home on both acoustic and electric basses, which means that he is called upon to play in any and every setting imaginable, and he is adept at all of them. We’ve never done a holiday concert together, so this will be lots of fun.”

Grace Farms is open to the community, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., and closed on Monday.

“The serenity of the Sanctuary space at Grace Farms is open to the community every day for quiet reflection, and part of my role as the community initiative director is to enhance that experience during the holidays,” said Lisa Lynne Kirkpatrick. For information on tours, resources and other programs offered by Grace Farms Foundation, visit: www.gracefarms.org.

Also in New Canaan, a free “Holiday Concert” with Maria Tiscia on vocals, David Oliver on keyboards, and Jim Scianna on bass takes place on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Lamb Room of the New Canaan Library. The set list will be chosen from songs made famous by the likes of Irving Berlin, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Perry Como, Mel Torme, Brenda Lee, and also include music from Charlie Brown's “Christmas Special.” Visit www.newcanaanlibrary.org.

Mike Horyczun’s Sound Surfing column appears every Saturday in The Norwalk Hour. Mike can be reached at news2mh@gmail.com.