Holidays with the Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic

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Holidays with the Philharmonic

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$35.00 - $75.00

Date & Times

19

Dec, 2014

Friday, 8:00 PM

20

Dec, 2014

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

The Philharmonic performs “Winter Wonderland,” “O Tannenbaum,” and a medley of Irving Berlin classics like “White Christmas” and “Happy Holiday,” and a carol sing-along will warm your spirits. Plus: a reading of The Night Before Christmas by Whoopi Goldberg (Dec. 19) and Mo Rocca (Dec. 20). Perfect holiday fun with family and friends. Tickets $35–$75.

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Program

Anderson

A Christmas Festival

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Mozart

Sleigh Ride from Three German Dances

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Traditional/Arr. C. Dragon

"O Tannenbaum"

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Wells & Tormé/Arr. H. Mancini

"The Christmas Song"

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Anderson

Suite of Carols

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Berlin/Arr. Larry Blank

Irving Berlin Holiday Medley (World Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with San Francisco Symphony)

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Randol Bass

The Night Before Christmas

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Humperdinck

Prelude to Hansel and Gretel

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Prokofiev

Troika from Suite from Lieutenant Kijé

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Jeff Tyzik

Chanukah Suite

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Holst/Arr. B. Tovey

"In the Bleak Midwinter"

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Bernard/Arr. C. Dragon

"Winter Wonderland"

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Various/Arr. C. Kitsopoulos

Christmas Carol Sing-Along

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Artists

Constantine Kitsopoulos

Conductor

Constantine Kitsopoulos

Conductor

Constantine Kitsopoulos

Conductor

Constantine Kitsopoulos is equally at home with opera, symphonic repertoire, film with live orchestra, musical theater, and composition. He has conducted the major orchestras of North America as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic. 

In addition to Mr. Kitsopoulos’s engagements as a guest conductor, he is music director of the Festival of the Arts Boca, general director of Chatham Opera, and general director of New York Grand Opera, working with the company to bring opera — free and open to the public — back to Central Park.

Highlights of the 2018–19 season include his Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut and return engagements with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, and San Antonio Symphony, as well as the New York Philharmonic. He also conducts Bernstein’s MASS at Indiana University Opera Theater.

Mr. Kitsopoulos has developed semi-staged productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (for which he has written a new translation) and Don Giovanni, and Puccini’s La bohème. He has conducted Indiana University Opera Theater’s productions of Verdi’s Falstaff, Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus, William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge, Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific and Oklahoma, Willson’s The Music Man, and Menotti’s The Last Savage. He was assistant chorus master at New York City Opera from 1984 to 1989.

On Broadway he has been music director of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (including the cast album on PS Classics), Harvey Fierstein and John Bucchino’s A Catered Affair (cast album on PS Classics), Coram Boy, Baz Luhrmann’s Production of Puccini’s ‘La bohème’ on Broadway (cast album on DreamWorks Records), Matthew Bourne’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Les Misérables. He was music director of ACT’s production of Weill / Brecht’s Happy End, and he made the only English language recording of the piece (Sh-K-Boom Records).

Mr. Kitsopoulos is music director / supervisor of the new musical Alamo, with music and lyrics by Metropolitan Opera baritone Timothy Noble. As a composer, he is currently working with librettist Evangelia Kingsley on Holy Week, the chamber opera about three generations of Greek women.

Constantine Kitsopoulos studied piano with Marienka Michna, Chandler Gregg, Edward Edson, and Sophia Rosoff. He studied conducting with Semyon Bychkov, Sergiu Commissiona, Gustav Meier, and his principal teacher, Vincent La Selva.

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Whoopi Goldberg

Narrator (December 19)

Whoopi Goldberg

Narrator (December 19)

Whoopi Goldberg Credit: Timothy White

Narrator (December 19)

Whoopi Goldberg is an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner. She is equally well known for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of children and the homeless, in support of human rights and education, against substance abuse and AIDS, as well as efforts for other causes and charities. Among her many philanthropic activities, Ms. Goldberg is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. She is also a New York Times best-selling author of books for adults and children. Born and raised in New York City, she worked in theater and improvisation in San Diego and the Bay Area, where she created the characters that evolved into the eponymous hit Broadway show and Grammy Award–winning album, and the HBO special that helped launch her career, Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway. Ms. Goldberg made her motion-picture debut in Steven Spielberg’s film version of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, for which she earned an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award. Her performance in Ghost earned her the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. On television, Ms. Goldberg appeared for five seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation and hosted her own syndicated late-night talk show. In 2007 she was named moderator of ABC’s The View. She has appeared on many television series and specials, including eight Comic Relief telecasts with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams, and has hosted both the Academy Awards and Tony Awards telecasts. She has produced and appeared in several Broadway productions and made her debut as a radio host in 2006. In addition to an Oscar, Grammy, and two Golden Globe Awards, Ms. Goldberg has been honored with multiple NAACP Image Awards, as well as various honors for her many humanitarian efforts. This performance marks her New York Philharmonic debut.

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Mo Rocca

Narrator (December 20)

Mo Rocca

Narrator (December 20)

Mo Rocca Credit: Thom Kaine

Narrator (December 20)

Humorist, journalist, and actor Mo Rocca is a correspondent for Emmy-winning newsmagazine CBS Sunday Morning on the CBS Television Network, the creator and host of Cooking Channel’s Emmy-nominated My Grandmother’s Ravioli, the host of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation (part of the “CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic” Saturday morning programming block), and a regular panelist on NPR’s hit news quiz show Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me! He spent four seasons as a correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and four seasons as a correspondent for NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He hosted Food(ography) on Cooking Channel and served as a judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. His television credits also include the VH1 retrospective series I Love the 90s, I Love the 80s, and I Love the 70s; Bravo’s Things I Hate About You; and Animal Planet’s Whoa! Sunday with Mo Rocca. He made cameo appearances on CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless and on the Telemundo telenovela Amor Descarado. In addition, Mr. Rocca hosted the PBS voting rights documentary Electoral Dysfunction, and wrote the satire book All the Presidents’ Pets: The Story of One Reporter who Refused to Roll Over. Mr. Rocca began his career in television as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award–winning PBS children’s series Wishbone. He went on to write and produce for other children’s series, including ABC’s Pepper Ann and Nickelodeon’s The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss. Mr. Rocca is the former president and author of Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Show, and his stage credits include Vice Principal Douglas Panch in the Broadway production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Doody on the Southeast Asian tour of Grease. A native of Washington, D.C., Mo Rocca lives in New York City. This performance marks his New York Philharmonic debut.

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