Merry and Bright
Merry and Bright
Friday, December 18, 2020
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Laura Osnes, Guest Artist
Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Bandstand) leads the orchestra’s annual holiday festivities, ringing in the most wonderful time of the year with traditional carols and contemporary classics.
About the Artists
Laura Osnes was most recently seen in the Hallmark Channel original movie, A Homecoming For The Holidays, after debuting with the network last summer in, In The Key Of Love. Broadway credits include Bandstand (Drama Desk, Drama League nominations), which was filmed and released in movie theaters nationwide via Fathom Events, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Drama Desk Award; Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Astaire nominations), Bonnie & Clyde (Tony Award nomination), Anything Goes (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire Award nominations), Lincoln Center Theater’s South Pacific, and Grease. Other New York/regional credits include The Scarlet Pimpernel and Crazy For You (Manhattan Concert Productions), The Threepenny Opera (Drama Desk Award nomination; Atlantic Theater Company); City Center Encores! productions of The Band Wagon, Randy Newman's Faust, and Pipe Dream; The Sound of Music (Carnegie Hall); On The Town (Boston Pops); Carousel (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Broadway: Three Generations (Kennedy Center). Additional television credits include Fosse/Verdon (F/X), Elementary (CBS), Six By Sondheim (HBO), Live From Lincoln Center: Bernstein On Broadway, A Capitol Fourth (PBS), Sondheim: The Birthday Concert, the HBO pilot The Miraculous Year, and the Kennedy Center Honors salutes to Barbara Cook (2011) and Dustin Hoffman (2012). In addition to touring the country with her popular concert series Broadway Princess Party, her many concerts and cabarets include performing with Michael Feinstein, the New York Philharmonic, The New York Pops, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Boston Pops, The San Francisco Symphony, The National Symphony Orchestra, as well as appearing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Café Carlyle, Lincoln Center, and The Smith Center in Las Vegas. She can be heard on several original cast recordings and her two solo albums- Dream A Little Dream: Live at The Café Carlyle and If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston. @lauraosnes
Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) is one of New York’s preeminent choral ensembles. The group performs in many of the city’s iconic venues and events, and records and premieres works by America’s finest composers and lyricists. Regularly on stage with The New York Pops in its Carnegie Hall subscription series, and televised on NBC’s July 4th Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular in 2014 and the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, the ensemble is comprised of a talented roster of seasoned professionals and auditioned volunteers, dynamically fitted to the unique needs of each project. EVUSA participated in the 2013 Presidential Inaugural activities and held a month-long residency at National Public Radio. EVUSA has performed with a diverse and impressive array of artists from the world of opera and musical theater. The group premiered works by composers such as Milton Babbitt, Jason Robert Brown, Jennifer Higdon, Nico Muhly, Stephen Schwartz, and Howard Shore. The Ensemble has recorded for Acis, Sono Luminus and Broadway Records. EVUSA’s Music Director Judith Clurman is an Emmy and Grammy-nominated conductor and educator. She also directs the Symphony Singers, and the Singing Christmas Tree float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She has served as Director of Choral Activities at The Juilliard School and has taught at Curtis and Cambridge, as well as Harvard and Princeton Universities. She is currently a member of the musical theater faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and working on a special choral project with the composition department at The Juilliard School. Her arrangements and compositions have been performed by The New York Pops and the Detroit, Boston, Houston, and National Symphonies. Her choruses have been heard for 24 years, at Carnegie Hall, with numerous orchestras, including the Orchestra of St Luke’s, The New York Pops, the Juilliard Choral Union, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Header photo of The New York Pops by Richard Termine. Photo of Laura Osnes by Nathan Johnson.