The Santa Barbara Symphony opens the holiday season with Holiday Pops, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Granada Theatre. Led by Andy Einhorn, musical director for the Tony Award-winning revival of “Hello, Dolly,” the symphony joins forces with Broadway star Christiane Noll and UCSB choirs for a traditional, family holiday program.
The performance includes an audience sing-a-long of seasonal favorites like “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and “Frosty the Snowman;” and features such classics as “Deck the Hall,” “Chanukah Lights” (Marvin Hamlisch), music from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “The Sound of Music.”
Most recently, leading Broadway music director and conductor Einhorn served as the music supervisor and musical director for the Broadway productions of “Carousel” and the revival of “Hello Dolly!” starring Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters. This season he is scheduled to conduct concerts with the Baltimore, St. Louis, Santa Barbara and South Dakota symphony orchestras.
Over the summer, Einhorn led performances of Steven Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” at Aspen Music Festival, and concert performances of “South Pacific” at the Aspen Music Festival and at Blossim Music Festival with the Cleveland Orchestra.
His previous Broadway credits include “Holiday Inn,” Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway,” Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” “Evita,” and “Brief Encounter.” He served as music director and conductor for the Châtelet Theatre’s production of Sondheim’s “Passion in Paris” and twice led the New York Philharmonic conducting for Audra McDonald and Chris Botti.
Recording credits include Audra McDonald’s Sing Happy with the New York Philharmonic, Carousel featuring Renee Fleming, Hello Dolly! featuring Bette Midler, Bullets Over Broadway, Cinderella, Evita, Sondheim on Sondheim (Grammy Nom) Stage Door Canteen and McDonald’s Go Back Home.
He served as music director for HBO’s Peabody Award-winning documentary Six by Sondheim and music supervisor for Great Performances Peabody Award-winning special “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” on PBS.
Soprano Noll recently starred in the record-breaking First National Tour of “Dear Evan Hansen,” and received Tony and Drama Desk award nominations and won a Helen Hayes award for her portrayal of Mother in the Kennedy Center Revival of “Ragtime.”
Other Broadway and National Tour appearances include “Elf,” “Chaplin (Drama Desk Nom.), “Urinetown” (Ovation Award), “The Mambo Kings” (pre-Broadway), “It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues,” “Jekyll & Hyde” (FANY award) and “South Pacific” (Australia/Thailand). Noll was featured in NBC’s live broadcast of “The Sound of Music” starring Carrie Underwood.
Noll has been a frequent guest soloist as part of Bravo Broadway with symphony orchestras in almost every state in the USA, with international appearances around the globe. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson in his last pops performance with The New York Pops and sang with Steven Reineke in “Sondheim! the Birthday Concert” at Carnegie Hall.
Her film and TV credits include “Law & Order SVU,” “Madam Secretary,” and “The King & I.”
Conducted by Maxim Kuzin, the UCSB Chamber Choir is an ensemble of music majors and students from other disciplines drawing from the finest singers on the UCSB campus.
Specializing in virtuosic a cappella choral music from the Renaissance to the 20th century, the Chamber Choir has collaborated with the Ericson Chamber Choir from Stockholm, Madrigalchor Kiel from Germany, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Asia-America Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles.
It was featured in a Swedish television documentary on the legendary choral master, Eric Ericson, and at the Ascending Voice II festival at Pepperdine University in 2010. The Chamber Choir presents quarterly concerts in downtown Santa Barbara and has twelve CD recordings to its credit.
A group of music majors and non-majors, the UCSB Women’s Chorus is conducted by Kelly Newberry Guerra and draws its membership from several departments across the UCSB campus. The Women’s Chorus performs the main repertory for women’s voices, including a cappella and accompanied works, often with unusual combinations of instruments.
It has been featured on four CD recordings with the UCSB Chamber Choir, including Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The ensemble shares its concerts with the UCSB Chamber Choir at Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara.
For more about The Santa Barbara Symphony, visit thesymphony.org.
— Jennifer Zacharias for The Santa Barbara Symphony.