The holiday season is in full swing! From the decorations throughout the city to Christmas music on every radio station to seasonal shows being performed, I'm loving this time of year! What makes it even more special is getting once again to attend The New York Pops annual holiday concert at Carnegie Hall. This year's concert was entitled Make The Season Bright and featured Tony nominees Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway along with recording artists Will & Anthony Nunziata, conducted by maestro Steven Reineke, and backed by The New York Pops/Essential Voices USA. This family affair was a spectacular evening!
The show brought a smile to my face as these talented singers raised the roof time and time again! From solo numbers to duets to quartet's, everyone sounded great, singing their faces off! Liz Callaway delighted the audience by singing two songs from the hit Disney film (and Broadway-bound) Anastasia. She sang "Once Upon a December" and "Journey To The Past." I love these songs so much! It was great hearing Liz's beautiful voice bring these songs to life. She definitely left a chill running down my spine with the eloquence of her vocals. Ann Hampton Callaway rendered us speechless with her solo numbers "Winter Wonderland," one of all-time favorite Christmas songs and "Yes, Virginia," (written by William Schermerhorn/Wesley Whatley, with arrangements by Steven Reineke), a beautiful song inspired by the famous Christmas folklore "Is There A Santa Claus." William and Wesley wrote a haunting song of this story, while Steven's arrangements matched Ann's voice perfectly!
In 1993, Liz and Ann recorded a duet of "Silent Night/Mary Did You Know?" for Liz's Christmas album, Merry & Bright. Well, we sure were in for a treat on this magical night because they performed this song live! What a moment in time this was...two accomplished artists singing together backed by one of the world's greatest orchestras! They really transported me to another place and time...and I'm pretty sure it was right to heaven!
Rounding out the concert was one of my favorite entertainers, the Nunziata brothers, who were making their Carnegie Hall debut! Will & Anthony gave the audience what they love...their talent, humor, and glorious voices. Will enchanted us with "The Christmas Song," another personal favorite of mine, while Anthony got us excited to be with our loved ones during his rendition of "I'll Be Home For Christmas." The best part of their time on stage was getting to hear Will & Anthony sing their ORIGINAL holiday tune, "The Gift Is You." A beautifully heartfelt song about their mother's love. I don't think there was dry eye in the house after hearing this song.
This concert had so many high notes (both literally and figuratively), but the highest one of all had to be when Liz, Ann, Will, Anthony, The New York Pops, and Essential Voices USA performed a newly arranged version (by the one and only Steven Reineke) of "Go Tell It On The Mountain." This song really brought the house down making everyone joyous and festive!
I had such a remarkable time at Make The Season Bright that I can't wait for next year's concert!
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