WHERE: Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway.
TICKETS: $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Use promo code FAMILY PACK for 5 tickets for $50.
Tickets available at NJYS.org.
Under the baton of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Helen H. Cha-Pyo, J. Mark McVey joins the award-winning NJYS Youth Symphony for four spectacular songs to fill the audience with the holiday spirit. Also performing are tenor and narrator Walker Jermaine Jackson in The Night Before Christmas and The Kwanzaa Song, as well as over 60 singers from the New Jersey Youth Chorus.
Said Cha-Pyo, “It’s thrilling to be back on UCPAC’s beautiful stage for the first time in two years to perform for a live audience again. Along with our amazing guest artists, we are excited to bring you a concert filled with both new and traditional winter holiday music that will bring our community together to celebrate the joy of this season.”
“We are so thrilled to welcome back audiences to our annual holiday concert at UCPAC,” said Peter H. Gistelinck, Executive Director of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts. “Especially now, we hope our season of celebration means time for family, reflection, and thoughts about the true meaning of the holiday season for each one of us.”
As described in the Dallas Observer, “When tenor J. Mark McVey,..sings the haunting ‘Bring Him Home,’ your ears will write him a thank-you note.”
Now in its 43rd season, NJYS continues to achieve musical excellence through intensive instruction and high-level performance. Under the guidance of a talented team of conductors, coaches, and teaching artists, students are immersed in challenging repertoire, learning the art of ensemble playing, and exploring their potential in a supportive and inclusive environment. NJYS remains committed to programming works by diverse composers and regularly features 20th century African American and women composers such as Duke Ellington, George Walker, Yvonne Desportes, Emma Lou Diemer, Julia Perry, and Florence Price.