Opera Stars Paulo Szot & Isabel Leonard wowed the Carnegie Hall audience with their voices but then gave an encore performance of ballroom dancing at the Gala Party after the concert. Jason Robert Brown who was pretty serious at the piano with The Pops Orchestra and The Bridges of Madison County Suite was a bit more joyful as he danced with wife Georgia Stitt to the music of Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks.
It wasn’t “how do you get to Carnegie Hall”? It was how do you get to the Gala Dinner/Dance at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel which was afterThe New York Pops 34th Birthday Concert. Music director and conductor Steven Reineke assembled more Broadway, Opera, and Music stars that hardly could fit on the stage of the Stern Auditorium. Kelli O’Hara the Gala’s music Honoree also performed in the spectacular concert and Karen Van Bergen the corporate honoree and Bartlett Sher, music honoree managed to join in as the complete cast and orchestra concluded with “Nice Work If You Can Get It” It was just a few blocks to the Mandarin Oriental and the Black Tie audience, performers arrived to the music of the Vince Giordano Nighthawks Orchestra.