The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra recently performed to a packed house at Newark High School.
The 18th annual holiday concert was made possible through a collaboration of Newark Central School District and Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce.
“I would be remiss in not acknowledging the many hands that help make this performance possible, including the generosity to the Newark community, Chamber of Commerce, Wegmans and Lyons National Bank,” said Cynthia Briggs, NCSD Music Department leader and Kelley School instrumental music teacher. “There are too many people to name and thank individually, but I would like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who has contributed to putting this event together so that we can all enjoy this magical evening.”
Conductor, arranger, pianist and actor Richard Carsey, who is conducting “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway and the 2018 revival of “Carousel,” was the concert’s guest conductor for a second year in a row.
Carsey presented narratives before each selection. He explained why the orchestra performed selections from “The King and I,” an unexpected choice for a holiday concert, by sharing his experience of being cast in the show around Christmas time when he was 9 years old. This was his first experience with musical theater.
Soprano Tricia Tanguy gave nine solo performances: “I Saw Three Ships,” “Hot Santa,” “Timeless Treasures,” “Let it Go,” “Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas,” “I Wonder as I Wander,” “Let it Snow,” and “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming.” She then led the audience in a holiday sing-along.
Tanguy will join the North American tour of “Cats” in January, and was the understudy for all four women in the original off-Broadway and current revival of “The Marvelous Wonderettes.”
The NHS Jazz Ensemble and Downbeat performed before the concert.
“Wow, what a great night in the NHS Auditorium with the RPO, another incredible performance that was made possible by so many people,” Briggs said. “We are so fortunate to have a community that works with the school district to bring the RPO to Wayne County every year. I have to thank everyone that had a hand in organizing and working on every aspect of the night. Without them, it wouldn’t be possible.”
The RPO is tentatively slated to return to NHS on Dec. 6, 2019.