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Oh, What Fun! A Philharmonic Holiday

Location

David Geffen Hall

Directions
Price Range

$35-75

Date & Times

18

Dec, 2015

Friday, 8:00 PM

19

Dec, 2015

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

Deck the halls with music and laughter in this hilarious and heartwarming concert of holiday favorites, complete with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus’s signature brand of “choralography.” Filled with musical joys of the season, including Dr. Seuss’s unforgettable “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” with Eric Owens, Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and a spirited audience sing-along, this festive concert is guaranteed to make your spirit bright.

Family-friendly. Open to everyone ages 4 and over.

Program

Tchaikovsky

Selections from The Nutcracker

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Traditional/Arr. M. Gould

“Good King Wenceslas”

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Traditional/Arr. R. Wendel

Christmas a la Valse

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Various/Arr. M. Riese

Christmas Trilogy

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Kent & Gannon/Arr. M. Hayes

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

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Mariah Carey & Walter Afanasieff/Orch O. Eldor

“All I Want for Christmas Is You”

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Berlin/Pharrell Williams/Orch O. Eldor

“Happy (Holiday)”

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Anderson/Arr. and Orch. M. Davis

Sleigh Ride

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Humperdinck

Selections from Hansel and Gretel

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Traditional/Arr. M. Gould

“Adeste Fideles”

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Herbert/Arr. C. Dragon

“Toyland” from Babes in Toyland

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Hague & Dr. Seuss/Arr. E. Podanny

"You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"

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Traditional/Arr. C. Kitsopoulos

Christmas Carol Sing-Along

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Artists

Courtney Lewis

Conductor

Courtney Lewis

Conductor

Courtney Lewis

Conductor

The 2016–17 season marks Courtney Lewis’s second as music director of the Jacksonville Symphony. Previous appointments have included Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic (2014–16); associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he made his subscription debut in the 2011–12 season; and Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he debuted in 2011. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Lewis was the music director of Boston’s acclaimed Discovery Ensemble, a chamber orchestra dedicated not only to giving concerts of contemporary and established repertoire at the highest level of musical and technical excellence, but also bringing live music into the least privileged parts of Boston with workshops in local schools.

In the 2016–17 season he makes his debuts with the Dallas Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, and returns to the Colorado Symphony. Highlights of his 2015–16 season included debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and Colorado Symphony, as well as assisting Thomas Adès at the Salzburg Festival for the World Premiere of Mr. Adès’s opera The Exterminating Angel.

Courtney Lewis made his major American orchestral debut in November 2008 with the St. Louis Symphony, and has since appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, and the Atlanta, National, Detroit, Vancouver, and Houston symphony orchestras.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Courtney Lewis studied music at the University of Cambridge, during which time he studied composition with Robin Holloway and clarinet with Dame Thea King. After completing a master’s degree with a focus on the late music of György Ligeti, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music, where his teachers included Mark Elder and Clark Rundell.

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Eric Owens

Bass-Baritone

Eric Owens

Bass-Baritone

Eric Owens by Paul Sirochman

Bass-Baritone

Bass-baritone Eric Owens launched the 2016–17 season with his role debut as Wotan in David Pountney’s new production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold at Lyric Opera of Chicago. He sings a trio of operas at The Metropolitan Opera: the house’s premiere of Kaijo Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin, a new production of Dvořák’s Rusalka under Mark Elder, and a revival of Mozart’s Idomeneo conducted by James Levine. Other highlights include recitals with Susanna Phillips at Carnegie Hall and Lawrence Brownlee at Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Metropolitan Opera’s 50th anniversary at Lincoln Center gala, and, for the third time, he joins the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute to present an interactive recital for incarcerated youth with Riccardo Muti and Joyce DiDonato. He rounds out his season singing Rimsky-Korsakov’s Le Coq d’Or at Santa Fe Opera.

Mr. Owens collaborates regularly with Muti, Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Franz Welser-Möst, Andrew Davis, Osmo Vänskä, and Donald Runnicles. In addition to performing with leading opera companies in Europe and North America, he has appeared with orchestras including the New York, Berlin, and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras; Chicago, Boston, Toronto, Bavarian Radio, Atlanta, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Swedish Radio symphony orchestras; and the Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras. Mr. Owens is featured on several recordings including excerpts from Richard Strauss operas (Telarc) and John Adams’s A Flowering Tree (Nonesuch Records) and Doctor Atomic (Sony).

A Philadelphia native, Eric Owens began studying piano at age six, and at eleven began formal oboe training under Lloyd Shorter of the Delaware Symphony and Louis Rosenblatt of The Philadelphia Orchestra. He studied voice while an undergraduate atTempleUniversity and as a graduate student at the Curtis Institute of Music. He currently studies withArmen Boyajian. He serves on the boards of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and Astral Artistic Services.

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New York City Gay Men's Chorus

Chorus

New York City Gay Men's Chorus

Chorus

Chorus

For 36 seasons the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus (NYCGMC), one of the oldest and most well-known choruses in the LGBTQ choral movement, has been committed to equality for LGBTQ citizens and to fabulous singing. Its musicianship and professionalism has connected with audiences throughout the world. NYCGMC performs a range of vocal styles — including classical, pop, jazz, gospel, and Broadway — and has worked with talents in every genre, including Marilyn Horne, Roberta Peters, Stephen Sondheim, Judy Collins, Kelli O’Hara, Martha Wash, and Sia. Over the last year the chorus has appeared in HBO’s The Normal Heart, NBC’s The Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, and the Drama League’s tribute to Bernadette Peters. During its June 2014 tour of London and Ireland, NYCGMC donated a concert in Dublin that raised more than €35,000 for Marriage Equality Ireland. Through NYCGMC’s Connect program, the chorus hosts a series of smaller concerts and sing-alongs that engage all populations of New York City, including youth, LGBT elders, and Caribbean and Latina women living with HIV.

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