Description: The New York Pops will celebrate the holiday season this year with two evenings of timeless carols and seasonal favorites at Carnegie Hall. On December 18 & 19, 2009 at 8:00 PM, the orchestra is joined by celebrated vocalist Sandi Patty for this festive program. Known to many simply as “The Voice,” Sandi Patty is one of the most highly acclaimed singers in contemporary music today. The five-time Grammy winner has also been awarded four Billboard Music Awards, 39 Dove Awards, and has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. She recently headlined the sold out show Sandi Patty’s Broadway with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Also performing with The New York Pops is the internationally renowned Young People's Chorus of New York City, an ensemble that has performed in venues ranging from The White House to Smetana Hall in Prague. The choir, directed by Francisco J. Núñez, sang at the 2005 World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto, and Pope Benedict XVI’s first papal visit to the United States.
Guest conductor John Morris Russell, Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, leads the annual holiday concert, one of Carnegie Hall’s most popular December traditions. The New York Pops and Mr. Russell continue the celebration of the season on Saturday, December 19 at 2:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage with a Carnegie Hall Family Concert of the beloved holiday children's tale The Polar Express and a selection of holiday favorites.
$33, $37, $46, $74, $94, $104. Tickets 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.
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 the venue’s highest subscription renewal rates of any series. The New York Pops was founded by former NBC Music Director 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 through its Summermusic program. The orchestra’s media projects include performing for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC, nationwide radio broadcasts, and numerous recordings. 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 New York City’s five boroughs.