In a bi-coastal celebration of the season, internationally acclaimed soprano Lisa Vroman is performing with 150 members of the National Children's Chorus (NCC) and a chamber orchestra in two evening concerts themed "Candlelight" – tonight, November 29 in Los Angeles and Saturday, December 8 in New York.
The Los Angeles concert is at 7 p.m. at the Broad Theater in Santa Monica and the New York concert is at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle. Tickets are $125 for VIP reserved seating, $65 for premier, $45 for section A, $35 for section B.
NCC's artistic director Luke McEndarfer, along with associate artistic director Dr. Pamela Blackstone, leads the concerts featuring Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria followed by a combination of holiday music performed like no other this season – by a world-renowned opera singer with 150 children singing in harmony with her, accompanied by a chamber orchestra.
Selections include Carol of the Bells, Dodi Li and a Nigerian piece entitled Betelehemu. Additionally, Vroman will solo on jazzy arrangements of Silent Night and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, ending with a surprise encore announced from the stage.
The NCC is America's leading treble chorus, with a set of ensembles in Los Angeles and New York. In residence at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, the NCC is one of a few youth arts organizations in the world to have its entire concert season presented by a professional concert hall. This is the fourth season at the Broad Stage and the second in New York. The 2012/2013 season is entitled "Traditions," presenting an eclectic array of musical styles, drawing on American cultural roots.
Students of the NCC in Los Angeles and New York are represented by more than 60 schools throughout both cities and meet weekly for rehearsal and musicianship study. Both chorus groups will travel to participate in each other's hometown concerts.
McEndarfer, who is credited to taking the group bi-coastal in 2010 said, "This project provides an unprecedented opportunity for the NCC's mission to be realized, through the collaborative artistry of our students in both Los Angeles and New York. We're truly ecstatic with the educational experience it will bring our talented young vocalists."
Vroman starred for several years on Broadway as Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera. As Christine, she garnered Theatre Critic's awards for the role in a record- breaking run in San Francisco, and did a return engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Vroman starred as Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, making her New York City Opera debut with Paul Sorvino in the title role. She played Charlotte in A Little Night Music with Michigan Opera Theatre, starring Leslie Uggams and Ron Raines and when she made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops, she starred as Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate with Glimmerglass Opera.