Tony DeSare and Broadway star Capathia Jenkins joined The New York Pops’ annual holiday celebration.
The Pops started off with the “Holiday Overture” led by Steven Reineke into “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with Essential Voices USA.
Tony DeSare took to the stage first with Frank Sinatra’s beloved arrangement of “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”
He followed that up with the Johnny Mercer, Mel Torme “The Glow Worm.”
First up for the fabulous Capathia Jenkins, a melodic “Winter Wonderland.”
Then channeling the great Ella Fitzgerald, Ms. Jenkins took on her arrangement on the classic “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.”
DeSare was back with a laid back “Silver Bells,”
and the classic “I’ll be Home For Christmas.”
Ms. Jenkins made Irving Berlin’s “I’ve got My Love To Keep Me Warm” sexily thrilling. Then she gave “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” just the right heartfelt emotions that make us love this Garland standard.
Together the combined for “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow” with DeSare at the piano.
After the intermission the traditional “Jingle Bell Rock” had the New York Pops and Reineke jazzing out. The New York City premiere of “Eight Days of Life” in celebration of Hanukkah by Judith Clurman and David Chase was a lovely addition.
Back at the piano DeSare sang his own song “Christmas For You and Me”
Ms. Jenkins told about “The Secret of Christmas” as she looked googols in her gown.
Back to dueting “Baby It’s Cold Outside” gave us a new look at the lyrics by Fran Loesser.
Berlin’s “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)”, gave us the meaning of the season.
Santa was on hand to conduct “Jingle Bells.
As was Pecan Pie, Santa’s helper.
A serious of “Jingle Bells” was sung first by Capathia, then a fabulous rendition by DeSare where he did renditions of the song, sung by celebrities like Elton John, Neil Diamond and Rupert Holmes.
Not to be out done the “Jingle, Jangle Sing Along” had the audience singing in tune.
For two nights New York audiences were treated to the spirit and the joy of the holiday season thanks to our wonderful New York Pops.
Do not miss their next concerts. On January 24th Find Your Dream: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein with Laura Michelle Kelly and
Max von Essen. On February 14th give yourself a Valentines treat with I’m Every Woman: Divas on Stage with Mandy Gonzalez, Carrie Manolakos, and
Alex Newell and on March 27th Movie Night: The Scores of John Williams.