Maestro John Morris Russell leads Callaway & BPO in holiday tradition
Liz Callaway, a Tony nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist, joins Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for four performances of “Holiday Pops”: Thursday and Friday, Dec. 19-20, at 10:30 a.m.; Saturday Dec. 21, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2:30 p.m.
Callaway is well-known for lending her vocals to the animated classic “Anastasia,” in which she sang the Academy Award-nominated song “Journey to the Past.” She received an Emmy Award for hosting “Ready to Go,” a daily, live children’s program on CBS in Boston. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along,” received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in “Baby,” and, for five years, won acclaim as Grizabella in “Cats.” She has also starred in the original cast productions of “Miss Saigon,” “The Three Musketeers” and “The Look of Love.” Callaway also has released five solo recordings.
She last performed with the BPO to sold-out audiences in 2017 with “The Carol King Songbook.”
Maestro John Morris Russell, aka “Mr. Christmas,” leads the BPO with Callaway in a program that includes traditional favorites from “Sleigh Ride” and “Skaters Waltz,” to audience sing-alongs of holiday favorites. The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, prepared by music director Adam Luebke, joins the BPO with renditions of “Mele Kalikimaka” and “Little Drummer Boy,” featuring the drumming of the African American Cultural Center.
“The musicians and I are thrilled to welcome Ms. Callaway to this year’s ‘Holiday Pops’ program,” Russell said. “This is one of my absolute favorite concerts of the year and, with Liz’s pristine and heartfelt voice, will make this a truly exceptional event. Our collection of unique and splendid orchestral and choral arrangements, Liz’s velveteen vocals and joyous spirit, and the glorious sound of the BPO all come together for one incredible weekend of sheer delight for all of Buffalo and Western New York.”
This year’s “Holiday Pops” will once again feature a Thursday morning “Coffee Concert” in addition to the popular Friday morning “Coffee Concert” performance. Complimentary coffee and doughnuts are served prior to all “Coffee Concert” performances, with doors opening at 8:30 a.m.
Tickets to “John Morris Russell’s Holiday Pops with Liz Callaway” are on sale now, starting at $29. Savvy music lovers in Western New York already know that a BPO subscription is always your best value. To purchase individual tickets or a subscription package, call 716-885-5000, visit bpo.org, or stop by the Kleinhans box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
The BPO has expanded its parking, shuttle and pre-concert dining options for select performances this season, including a new free park-and-ride option at the Clement House located at 786 Delaware Ave., and new dining-shuttle options offered by Eckl'[email protected] and the Buffalo Grand Hotel. Find more information at www.bpo.org/dining.