• Thursday, Oct 27, 2011

    Celebrate the Holidays with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall on December 16 and 17

    On December 16 and 17 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Steven Reineke leads The New York Pops in two evenings of festive carols and holiday favorites. The concert, entitled John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey Wish You A Swingin’ Christmas features performances by the dynamic husband-and-wife musical team, jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and singer Jessica Molaskey. The couple, described by The New York Times as “a musical match made in heaven,” perform seasonal favorites from the era when Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, and Rosemary Clooney ruled the airwaves. Choral group Essential Voices USA, led by Judith Clurman, will also join the program.

    Upcoming Carnegie Hall performances by The New York Pops this season include jazz singer Patti Austin’s special concert recreation of Ella Fitzgerald’s classic album of Gershwin songs (Patti Austin Sings Ella Fitzgerald’s Gershwin Songbook on March 16); works from Academy Award–winning movie scores, including songs from Doctor Zhivago,Out of Africa, Titanic, and The Lord of the Rings (Hollywood Award Winners on April 13); and the Carnegie Hall Family Concert presentation of Jim Henson’s Musical World in which the magic of the classic Muppets comes alive through song and puppetry (April 14).

    About the Artists
    Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been called “hip with a wink” by Town & Country, “madly creative” by The Los Angeles Times and “the genial genius of the guitar” by The Toronto Star. Using performers like Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, and João Gilberto and the songs of composers from Richard Rodgers and George Gershwin to James Taylor and Antonio Carlos Jobim as touchstones, Pizzarelli has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook. In 1993, the John Pizzarelli Trio opened various dates on Frank Sinatra's tour, eventually participating in the legendary vocalist's 80th birthday celebration at Carnegie Hall. The guitarist’s growing popularity garnered him a lead spot in the 1997 Broadway production of Dream, a tribute to composer Johnny Mercer. His 1998 RCA release, Meets the Beatles, found him reinterpreting classic songs by the iconic quartet, while the following year he paid tribute to one of his biggest influences, pianist/vocalist Nat King Cole, on P.S. Mr. Cole. Pizzarelli then signed with the Telarc label in 1999 and released two standards-based albums, Kisses in the Rain and Let There Be Love, in 2000. He has since recorded an album with pianist George Shearing and celebrated ten years of performing with his trio by releasing the concert album Live at Birdland (2003). Additional albums include Bossa Nova (2004) and Knowing You followed by tribute albums to Frank Sinatra (2006) and composer Richard Rodgers (2008). His latest release, Rockin’ In Rhythm: A Tribute to Duke Ellington, was released by Telarc International in 2010.

    Jessica Molaskey is a veteran of a dozen Broadway shows, including A Man of No Importance at Lincoln Center, Parade, Dream, Tommy, Crazy For You, Les Miserables, City of Angels, Chess, Cats, and Oklahoma!, among others. In addition, she has performed off-Broadway, and in several regional productions. Throughout her musical career, Molaskey has premiered music written by Ricky Ian Gordon, Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown, Michael John LaChiusa, Stephen Sondheim, and John Bucchino. She has also written songs for recordings including Greed—which was part of a commission for Audra McDonald’s Seven Deadly Sins at Carnegie Hall—and Cradle and All, which was featured on Ms. McDonald’s most recent album, Build A Bridge. In addition, she has been featured on recordings, including: Fine and Dandy; Myths And Hymns; Parade; Songs For a New World; Weird Romance; Chess; Oklahoma!; Windflowers: The Music of Jerome Moross; Fred Hersch’s Two Hands, Ten Voices; It's Only Life (the songs of John Bucchino); and the upcoming cast album of Dream True by Tina Landau and Ricky Ian Gordon. Along with her husband John Pizzarelli, Jessica hosts a weekly national radio program called Radio Deluxe.

    Steven Reineke’s boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation’s most sought-after pops conductors, composers, and arrangers. As Music Director of The New York Pops, Reineke conducts the orchestra’s annual Carnegie Hall concert series, leads concert tours, recordings, and nationwide telecasts. Mr. Reineke is the newly appointed Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Long Beach and Modesto Symphony Orchestras. Previously, he was Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, where for fifteen years he served as a composer, arranger, and conducting protégé of the late celebrated pops conductor Erich Kunzel. Steven Reineke’s notable guest conducting appearances include the Boston Pops, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and his debut at the Hollywood Bowl in 2007. Reineke is also an established symphonic composer, with his works most recently performed by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    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. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall, enjoying one of their highest subscription renewal rates. The New York Pops was founded by Skitch Henderson in 1983 with a mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America’s rich musical heritage. Along with performing at Carnegie Hall, The New York Pops tours throughout the world and gives free concerts in New York City parks. The New York Pops’ extensive education programs allow thousands of public schoolchildren to participate in concert and music-making experiences at Carnegie Hall and in schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

    Program Information
    Friday, December 16 at 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 17 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
    John Pizzarelli, Guest Artist
    Jessica Molaskey, Guest Artist
    Essential Voices USA
    Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor


    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced from $37—$108, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, www.carnegiehall.org.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.

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