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The New York City Pops and Ashley Brown Make The Season Bright

The New York City Pops and Ashley Brown Make The Season Bright
Steven Reineke

Steven Reineke Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

I had been wondering all month where Christmas disappeared to. I heard exactly 3 carols in stores and it seems the decorations have been downsized. “Merry Christmas” is no longer said, instead we get the generic “Happy Holidays.” I miss the Christmas’s of old and last night I was appeased by the wonderful New York City Pops at Carnegie Hall  under the musical direction by Steven Reineke. Under the Mistletoe, the pops holiday concert  December 21st and 22nd is just what I needed to get back into the Christmas spirit.

 Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA

Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The orchestra, along with Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA started off in the traditional route with a rousing “Deck the Halls” followed by “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.

Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

This year’s guest was the amazing Ashley Brown (Broadway’s original Mary Poppins, and Belle in the Broadway version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast). Ms. Brown was delighted to be at Carnegie Hall.

Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Her ex-boss Tom Schumacher was there to cheer her on as she did a fabulous rendition of “Jingle Bells”, “Winter Wonderland” and the Grinch’s “Where Are You Christmas”.

Steven Reineke, Ashley Brown Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The Pop’s Steven Reineke then led the Pops in a delightful “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and the Pops standard “JingleBell Rock”.

Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA

Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA joined back in with “The First Noel”.

Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Ashley stunning in red and looking very Jessica Rabbit sand a haunting “I Wonder as I Wander”, a heartfelt “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and a hilarious Holiday Hit’s Medley”.

Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

This girl does a mean Mariah Carey.

Ashley Brown, Steven Reineke

Ashley Brown, Steven Reineke Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Ashley Brown, Steven Reineke

Ashley Brown, Steven Reineke Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

For Act II a  thrilling “Carol of The Bells” by the NY Pops.

Judith Clurman Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Larry Hochman and Judith Clurman arranged a Hanukkah Medley for ‘s Essential Voices USA. They also performed a beautiful  “Christmas Is Here”.

Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

In a form fitting black velvet Ashley Brown sang the wonderful Sammy Kahn and Jimmy Van Heusen song “The Secret Of Christmas”.

Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Singing the Macy’s song “I Believe”, Santa and his elf Pecan Pie appeared.

James F. Saporito, Steven Reineke

James F. Saporito, Steven Reineke Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Santa conducted “Sleigh Ride” as James F. Saporito entertained the audience with the clapper.

Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Ashley returned glittering to sing a song her singing teacher wrote called “Be a Gift to a World in Need”.

Ashley Brown

Santa, Ashley Brown Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Ms. Brown has a stunning range and it was showed off to it’s best in the Sandi Patti rendition of  “O Holy Night,” which was glorious.

Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

To end the night a “Jingle Jangle Sing-Along”.

Ashley Brown, Steven Reineke

Ashley Brown, Steven Reineke Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

It was the perfect holiday treat. My guest was thrilled that I brought her and agreed with me this was well needed!

Steven Reineke, Ashley Brown, Santa, Judith Clurman

Steven Reineke, Ashley Brown, Santa, Judith Clurman Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The New York Pops’ 2018-19 season includes: Unforgettable on Friday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m. with Nikki Renée Daniels and Ryan Shaw; Movie Mixtape, Friday, March 15 at 8:00 p.m. with Mykal Kilgore, Storm Large, Ashley Park and Ryan Silverman; and the orchestra’s 36th Birthday Gala on Monday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. paying tribute to the music of Cyndi Lauper.

Steven Reineke, Ashley Brown, Tom Schumacher

Steven Reineke, Ashley Brown, Tom Schumacher Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Brenda Vaccaro

Brenda Vaccaro Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Brenda Vaccaro, Jamie deRoy

Brenda Vaccaro, Jamie deRoy Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Pecan Pie, Santa

Pecan Pie and Santa Photo by: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

 

 

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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