Carnegie Hall...In Time for the Holidays
Continuing to assert its dominance as the cultural epicenter of the world, New York City's Carnegie Hall enchanted audiences this week with a specially tailored program just in time to delight for the holiday. The evening, under the guidance of conductor and music director David Hayes, featured "Christmas at Carnegie Hall" with the New York Choral Society and Orchestra bringing the spirit of the season in from the cold.
Hayes selected several interesting orations for the evening that were expertly executed by the wonderfully gifted choir that consists of the most diversely talented group ever assembled. The New York Choral Society has been in formation since 1958 and is among one of the most renowned for the quality of its performance - Tuesday night's program was an exception, as the group moved sweetly and brilliantly through a presentation of three, selected nativity carols, opening with "Dormi, Jesu."
The evening was categorized with a selection of songs that had a broad reach and sense of the contemporary. The arrangements capitalized on the assembled gifts of the orchestra and chorus which easily played with the effortless light touch of Conductor Hayes, who was obviously laying down the ground for the evening's other enlisted guests.
A True New York Experience
Also featured as part of the narrative holiday libretto was special guest artist, Mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson - effortlessly delighting the audience with her rapturous performance including Donald Fraser’s "A Christmas Symphony." The program also included wonderful contributions from Soprano, Sarah Shafer who’s "Angel" soared during the performance of Ottorino Respighi’s "Lauda per la Natività del Signore." The evening was also highlighted by the brilliant voices and presence of Tenor, Benjamin Bliss and Baritone, Jarrett Ott.
Overall Conductor Hayes far exceeded expectations and elevated the Christmas program at Carnegie Hall to incredible heights. The mighty metropolis of Manhattan continues to draw incredible numbers of tourists and all are looking to those indicatively unique experiences that truly make for a memorable "New York Story" especially around the holiday. Join music directory extraordinaire Steven Reineke on Dec. 19 and 20, at Carnegie Hall when the New York Pops presents "Under the Mistletoe" a special holiday concert featuring Ashley Brown.
The concert will consist of a setlist of classic holiday tunes including "I’ll Be Home for Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," and "It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" among others. For tickets go to the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th Street and 7th Avenue or visit www.carnegiehall.org for more information. ’Tis the season!