A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
Carnegie Hall & The New York Pops
STEVEN REINEKE to conduct and JOHN BOLTON TO NARRATE
DECEMBER 20, 2015 3:00pm at CARNEGIE HALL
New York, NY – On Sunday, December 20 at 3:00PM 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 the iconic television special brings the whole Peanuts gang to life through original choreography by director/choreographer Liza Gennaro, as performed by dancers from New York Theatre Ballet. Returning to The New York Pops Family Concert this season, Broadway actor John Bolton (Spamalot, Contact, Titanic) will narrate the classic Christmas tale, with additional characters voiced by students from TADA! Youth Theater. Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA will join The New York Pops to perform Vince Guaraldi’s memorable score.
The Family Concert is one of three holiday concerts performed at Carnegie Hall this December by The New York Pops. On Friday, December 18 at 8:00PM and Saturday, December 19 at 8:00PM, Mr. Reineke and the orchestra will perform It’s Christmas Time in the City. The program will feature traditional holiday songs from two of Broadway’s favorite leading performers: Stephanie J. Block (Wicked, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Pirate Queen) and Brian d’Arcy James (Something Rotten!, Shrek the Musical). Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA will also join the festivities.
ABOUT THE NEW YORK POPS
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 through its PopsEd programs collaborates with public schools, community organizations, children’s hospitals and senior centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City. PopsEd allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional education with pure fun. Visit www.newyorkpops.org for more information. Follow The New York Pops on Facebook (facebook.com/newyorkpops) and Twitter (@newyorkpops).
Steven Reineke is the Music Director 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, 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. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands around the world. 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 husband Eric Gabbard.
ABOUT CARNEGIE HALL’S WEILL MUSIC INSTITUTE
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education, playing a central role in fulfilling the Hall’s mission of making great music accessible to as many people as possible. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, WMI’s programs are designed to inspire audiences of all ages, nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and harness the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music. The Weill Music Institute generates new knowledge through original research and is committed to giving back to its community and the field, sharing an extensive range of online music education resources and program materials for free with teachers, orchestras, arts organizations, and music lovers worldwide. Half a million people each year engage in WMI’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall. Visit carnegiehall.org/Education for more information.
Sunday, December 20, 2015, 3:00PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
CARNEGIE HALL FAMILY CONCERT: THE NEW YORK POPS
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
John Bolton, Narrator
New York Theatre Ballet, Diana Byer, Founder and Artistic Director
Liza Gennaro, Director and Choreographer
Tristan Raines, Costume Designer for Holiday Follies
Carmina de Dios, Costume Designer for A Charlie Brown Christmas
TADA! Youth Theater, Janine Nina Trevens, Executive and Artistic Director
Essential Voices USA, Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
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, carnegiehall.org.
[A Charlie Brown Christmas – Live! Photo courtesy the New York Pops]
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