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Celebrate the Holidays with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall

On Thursday, December 19 at 8:00 p.m. and Friday, December 20 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, The New York Pops, under the baton of Music Director Steven Reineke, present its annual pair of holiday concerts at Carnegie Hall. Performing a festive selection of traditional favorites and new holiday hits, the orchestra is joined by Ashley Brown—the celebrated singer and actress known for having originated the role of Mary Poppins on Broadway. The program, entitled Under the Mistletoe with Ashley Brown, also features Essential Voices USA under the direction of Judith Clurman performing holiday greats including It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Winter Wonderland, Deck the Halls, and many others.

In addition, on Saturday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute presents A Charlie Brown Christmas in a special holiday Family Concert with The New York Pops and Music Director Steven Reineke. This staged concert version of Charles M. Schulz’s iconic television special brings the beloved Peanuts characters to life through special choreography performed by dancers from New York Theatre Ballet and young actors from TADA! Youth Theater. Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, Sesame Street) narrates the heart-warming story, underscored by the music of Vince Guaraldi, performed by The New York Pops and Essential Voices USA.

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Ashley Brown originated the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway for which she received Outer Critics, Drama League, and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress. Ms. Brown also starred as Mary Poppins in the national tour of the musical, earning a 2010 Garland Award for Best Performance in a Musical. Other Broadway credits include Belle in Beauty and The Beast and a starring role in the national tour of Disney's On The Record. Ms. Brown recently returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to star in the role of Laurey in Oklahoma, and she previously played Magnolia opposite Nathan Gunn in Francesca Zembello’s Showboat at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ms. Brown has performed with a number of top orchestras across North America including The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall as well as the Boston, Philadelphia and Cincinnati Pops orchestras; The Philadelphia Orchestra; The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at Disney Hall; the New York Philharmonic; and the Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Seattle, Houston, and Vancouver symphonies. Ms. Brown has also performed with the BBC Orchestra opposite Josh Groban and made her solo concert debut at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of Barbara Cook’s Spotlight Series. Other projects include a star turn at the La Jolla Playhouse in a production of Limelight; The Sound of Music at the St. Louis MUNY, which garnered her a Kevin Kline Award; and her own PBS special entitled Ashley Brown: Call Me Irresponsible, which received a PBS Telly Award. Ms. Brown’s long awaited album of Broadway and American Songbook standards is available on Ghostlight/Sony. She is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Essential Voices USA (EVUSA), one of New York’s preeminent choral ensembles, brings together a roster of seasoned professionals and auditioned volunteers. With this unique choral model, created by music director and conductor Judith Clurman, the size of the ensemble is constantly changing, dictated by the specific musical needs of each project. The ensemble is completely at home in New York’s iconic performance venues. It performs regularly on The New York Pops subscription series at Carnegie Hall and at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. EVUSA participated in the spirited Leonard Bernstein Celebration at Symphony Space. EVUSA also produces its own classical choral, musical theater, and operatic readings, workshops, and recordings.

Steven Reineke is the Music Director and Conductor of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Principal Pops Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton, and Pittsburgh. As the creator of more than one hundred orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, where he served as Associate Conductor, Mr. Reineke’s work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America. A native of Ohio, Mr. Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned bachelor of music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition. He currently resides in New York City with his partner Eric Gabbard.

The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Under the leadership of dynamic Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, The New York Pops continues to re-imagine orchestral pops music. The orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall. The New York Pops is dedicated to lifelong learning, and collaborates with public schools, community organizations, children’s hospitals and senior centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Pops Education allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional education with pure fun.
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