New Philharmonic in Illinois continues all-virtual season with holiday sing-along recorded outdoors

Posted on: December 11, 2020

On December 12, New Philharmonic, the professional orchestra in residence at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, will post its “Holiday Sing-Along with the Symphony” concert, recorded outdoors at the McAninch Arts Center’s Lakeside Pavilion in October with safety guidelines and protocols in place. The program features sing-along versions—with lyrics scrolled on the bottom of the screen—of music ranging from “Joy to the World” to the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. The New Philharmonic also performs LeRoy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride, “March of the Toys” from Babes in Toyland, “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker, Lucas Richmond’s Hanukkah festival overture, and other selections. Vocalists include soprano Emily Birsan, mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh, tenor Jesse Donner, and bass-baritone Bill McMurray. The holiday sing-along program will be available on demand through January 3. The New Philharmonic’s all-virtual 2020 concert season was launched with a recorded concert of music by John Williams, streamed on Oct. 24-25; a New Year’s Eve concert will premiere on Dec. 31.