For conductor Stuart Chafetz, who is leading Seattle Symphony’s Holiday Pops concerts this December, the holidays bring back memories of the time spent in high school going into the hustle and bustle of the city to sing Christmas carols, and returning home to continue the party, singing and eating. “It’s the smell of the wonderful food, the fire and the eggnog and just that feeling of family coming home and enjoying time together. And music plays a huge part of that for me.”
The Seattle Symphony invites you to a new hometown holiday pops spectacular complete with your favorite carols, a dancing Santa and some unique musical treats from world-class soloists, the Seattle Symphony and local entertainers. Headlining these concerts are jazz vocalist and pianist Tony DeSare and Broadway diva Capathia Jenkins. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion and the Today Show. Jenkins is most recently known for starring in Disney’s production of Newsies on Broadway, in which she originated the role of Medda, and can be heard on the film soundtracks for Nine, Chicago and Legally Blonde 2.
“Singing is such a big part of the holidays, so having two wonderful singers plus the University of Washington Chorale means we’ll get our fill of holiday cheer!” Chafetz, who has worked with DeSare before, is thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate again and to work with Jenkins for the first time, said, “The energy of both Tony and Capathia doing new arrangements of songs like ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ and ‘Let it Snow’ with this incredible orchestra guarantees a smile on your face!” To top it all off, the Seahawks’ Blue Thunder Drumline will wow the crowd with a unique rendition of “Little Bolero Boy,” unlike any you’ve seen before.
With familiar favorites and a few surprises, this is truly a joyous family affair. From “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” to “I Wonder As I Wander” and “Oh Holy Night,” there’s something to please everyone in the group. Chafetz put it best when he said, “I think people go to Symphony concerts expecting to hear beautiful music and to be moved emotionally, which they’re going to be, but it will also be fun and they’ll hear fantastic, jovial music. They’ll come out with a renewed sense of holiday spirit, whistling their favorite tune.
Come join us for Holiday Pops and make a new family tradition for the holidays at the Seattle Symphony!
Friday, December 11, at 8pm
Saturday, December 12, at 2 & 8pm
Sunday, December 13, at 2pm
By Heidi Staub
Posted on November 4, 2015READ MORE BEYOND THE STAGE