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Brynn Cartelli, Mary Lambert, and Many More Join the Springfield Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert

SPRINGFIELD, MA. –The Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) presents A Holiday Celebration featuring 2018 winner of NBC’s The Voice, Brynn Cartelli, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Mary Lambert, and many more special guests! This unforgettable holiday concert is the perfect way for families to start their seasonal festivities early.

“We’re beyond excited to present these incredible guests artists alongside our orchestra who’ll undoubtedly bring so much youth, fun, and unique performance styles to our stage.” says Susan Beaudry, Executive Director of the SSO “The SSO is always proud to present an eclectic holiday concert with something for everyone who celebrates the season and this year we plan to deliver our best holiday celebration yet!”

Brynn Catelli, the most recent winner of NBC’s The Voice, will join the SSO on stage for an exciting set of songs with the orchestra. At age five, she started playing piano, which quickly became the foundation for all the music she created. Cartelli then picked up the guitar and began songwriting at age 11. She loves all kinds of music but draws inspiration from Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Stevie Wonder, Adele, Allen Stone, Stevie Nicks, Florence & The Machine, and Amy Winehouse just to name a few. Since winning The Voice, Cartelli has been nominated for a People’s Choice Award and is scheduled to tour with Kelly Clarkson during 2019.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mary Lambert was working three restaurant jobs in 2013 when her life changed. Lambert wrote and sang the hook for the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis song “Same Love”, which quickly became a certified triple-platinum hit. Writing and singing the hook led to Lambert’s two Grammy nominations for “Song of the Year” and “Album of the Year”, as well as her iconic performance alongside pop legend Madonna during the 2014 Grammys.

Mary then signed with Capitol Records, where she released her debut album “Heart on My Sleeve” produced by Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos) and Benny Cassette (Kanye West). Her smash single, “Secrets” launched to No. 1 on the Billboard Dance charts, and was certified RIAA Gold in 2015. The New York Times called her debut album “refreshing and severely personal”. In addition to her success as a singer-songwriter, Lambert’s training makes her a perfect fit for the SSO. She is a classically trained cellist with a Bachelors of Music Composition from Cornish College of the Arts.

Cantor Elise Barber will join the SSO for a selection of Jewish music. Ms. Barber received her cantorial ordination and M.A. in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College in Newton Centre, Massachusetts and received her B.A. in Theatre from American University in Washington, D.C. Ms. Barber also attended a summer intensive program at the Manhattan School of Music. She enjoyed a professional acting and singing career as a child and well into her twenties performing in the first national Broadway tour of the musical Titanic as well as West Side Story Suite with the New York City Ballet.

Her favorite roles include Louisa in The Fantasticks, Bella in Rags, Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music, and Anne Frank. She has also performed in concerts at many of these synagogues as well as at Sinai Temple in Springfield and the Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms in the Poconos. Ms. Barber is a proud alumna of The Zamir Chorale of Boston where she was also a featured soloist. She currently serves as the Cantor at Temple Beth El in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Avery Sharpe is the Founder and Executive Director of The Extended Family Choir. The Choir will join the orchestra for a special selection of holiday gospel music. Avery Sharpe’s brother, Kevin Sharpe, will direct and conduct the choir during this concert.

In addition to these special guest artists, the audience can expect to hear seasonal selections from the Springfield Symphony Chorus and the Children’s Chorus of Springfield, as well as the SSO’s own rendition of popular holiday works by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra led by Guest Conductor, Nick Palmer.

Tickets for this evening’s concert start at $22 with subscription packages starting at $75.

Subscriptions and single tickets are available online at SpringfieldSymphony.org or by phone at 413.733.2291. Tickets may also be purchased in person at our Box Office at 1441 Main Street across from Tower Square, Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., on Concert Saturdays from  1:00 – 3:30 p.m., and at Symphony Hall (34 Court Street, Springfield, MA) on concert nights from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

About the Springfield Symphony Orchestra

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra has been part of the cultural landscape of the Pioneer Valley since 1944 and performs a series of classical and popular music concerts at Springfield Symphony Hall. For more information on a particular performance or the 2018 – 2019 concert season, call the SSO Box Office at 413-733-2291 or visit SpringfieldSymphony.org

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