On Friday, December 16, 2011, I was treated to a truly delightful evening of holiday music at Carnegie Hall when I attended the NY Pops Holiday concert "John Pizzarelli and Jesicca Molaskey Wish You a Swingin' Christmas." This was my first time seeing the NY Pops and I was entranced, engulfed, and mesmerized by their talent!
Musically directed and conducted by Steven Reineke, this joyous evening consisted of holiday songs performed by the NY Pops, world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli, critically acclaimed actress and singer Jessica Molaskey, and Essential Voices USA (a choir that promotes the love of music and the art of ensemble singing comprised of professional singers, auditioned volunteers, and high-school students). Some songs they performed individually and others were a group effort, but all of them were wonderful!
One of the highlights for me was when 9-year-old pianist, Adam Tannenbaum took the stage to perform "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. I'm not sure there are enough words to describe just how incredible Adam was. It was one of those moments, I felt lucky to be around for. Some of my other favorite moments of the night included Essiential Voices USA singing "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and "We Need a Little Christmas" from "Mame," Jessica Molaskey singing Joni Mitchell's "Circle Game," and John Pizzarelli singing "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" and "White Christmas." Each time, these great performers were accompanied by the NY Pops, which was always a welcomed delight! I also really enjoyed watching Steven Reinke conduct the evening. It was evident that Steven loves what he does. He is energetic, interactive, and knows how to have fun, while moving the evening along.
The NY Pops Holiday Concert was another great way to get into the holiday season. I would definitely suggest next season to take in this enjoyable and upbeat holiday concert! If you can't wait until then to see the NY Pops, then I would check out their remaining concerts at Carnegie Hall (57th Street & 7th Avenue): "Patti Austin Sings Ella Fitzgerald's Gershwin Songbook" on March 16, 2012 and "Hollywood Award Winners" on Friday, April 13, 2012!