Newark Central School District, in conjunction with Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce, will host an evening of holiday music with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Newark High School, 625 Peirson Ave.
“We are both proud and privileged to host the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for the 17th consecutive year,” said Cynthia Briggs, NCSD Music Department leader and Kelley School instrumental music teacher. “These holiday concerts here in our community are now a wonderful annual holiday tradition that so many look forward to.
“The Newark Central School District would also again like to thank the many sponsors who have enabled us to present this performance at a really affordable price. We are especially grateful to our biggest donors, Wegmans and Lyons National Bank, for their generous support of this event.’’
Richard Carsey will serve as guest conductor. The conductor, arranger, pianist and actor currently conducts “The Phantom of the Opera,” the longest-running musical in history on Broadway.
His national tours include Cameron Mackintosh’s “Phantom” in 2014-15, the Broadway revival of “La Cage Aux Folles” with George Hamilton and “Little House On The Prairie” with Melissa Gilbert. Carsey was music supervisor of “The House Of Blue Leaves” with Ben Stiller and musical director for Joshua Schmidt’s “A Minister’s Wife” at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.
Internationally, he performed as pianist and conductor in Lima, Peru; Athens, Greece; Barcelona, Spain; Islamabad; and Kuwait. Carsey previously served as principal conductor for Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee, and spent nine seasons as its artistic director. He guest conducted symphony orchestras in Kansas City; Indianapolis; Hartford, Connecticut; Sacramento, California; Panama City; and St. Louis.
Carsey is a frequent conductor for Windborne Music, which presents classic rock ‘n’ roll with symphony orchestras in America and Asia.
Tenor soloist Branch Woodman, who currently appears in the Tony Award-winning revival of “Hello Dolly” starring Bette Midler, will be the guest soloist at the concert.
Woodman made his Broadway debut in “Crazy for You,” and appeared in the revival of “Bye Bye Birdie”; “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”; “Big, the Musical”; and “Billy Elliot.”
His other NYC credits include off-Broadway’s “Disappearing Act,” “Out of This World,” “Dear World,” several appearances with Lincoln Center’s Little Orchestra Society and his Carnegie Hall debut with Patti Lupone in “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.”
Woodman appeared on the “Today” show, David Letterman, the Tony Awards, at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and in Amazon’s original series “Alpha House.”
Newark Music Boosters will sponsor a pasta dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria before the concert. NHS Jazz Ensemble will perform at 6:45 p.m. in the Gymnasium.
Admission costs $5 for students, $10 for senior citizens and $12 for adults. Tickets are available at Wegmans in Newark, the Newark and Lyons branches of Lyons National Bank and at the door. Pasta dinner tickets are available at Newark High School and Newark Wegmans.
NCSD will provide a shuttle bus service starting at 6:30 p.m. from Woodlane Community Church, 5694 Wood Lane, Newark.
Call (315) 332-3200 for information.