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A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE CONCERT comes to WHYY this Sunday 12/22/13

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE CONCERT, a new production of the classic tale will be airing on WHYY on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1:30pm so set your schedule to see the show.

It's the musical story telling concert for the Christmas season. Watch as three soloist sing and speak the classical story,  A  CHRISTMAS CAROL. A narrator keeps us informed as the story unfolds. Normally in a play we see actors and the set, and we hear the music in the background but In this concert we see the musicians and the actors all together on one stage.

It's a moving, powerful story as told and sung by great performers.  See the passion of the actor's emotions as they sing, play and speak the tale, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The actors are dressed in old world attire from the time period of the Dickens tale. As the church bells chime you will feel like you are walking the streets of the village.

The Ghost of Christmas past speaks and sings to Scrooge wearing their night clothes and you'll feel like you are in his cold house all alone just like he was. See the musical instruments being played right along side the soloist in the concert. The soloists are dressed appropriately to coordinate with the pages of the tale. Dressed in suites and ties or nightgowns the tale is told with props like his work desk, or crotches for Tiny Tim.

Don't miss this Sunday night's show on WHYY. Feel the magic of the season and the tale of long ago that keeps it's joyful meaning in Christmas present. Make a hot cup of tea or two and enjoy the concert with your family. We enjoyed watching and listening to the tale just as if we were live in person.

Synopsis for the program: A Christmas Carol - The Concert, is the classic Dickens tale performed as a dramatic concert featuring a full symphony orchestra, choir, rhythm section, a Narrator, and three soloists. With a brand new score by Bob Christianson and Alisa Hauser, A Christmas Carol - The Concert has musical styles that range from classical and Broadway, to blues and gospel. Hear and see this classic ghost story as you’ve never heard it before!

A Christmas Carol - The Concert will premiere on PBS (WHYY-TV/Philadelphia) on December 22nd, 2013 @ 1:30pm. The DVD release of the program has the full show, with additional music and “extras” that will not be seen on television.

Bob Christianson is a composer, arranger, keyboard player, and conductor.
In what he calls the highlight of his career, Bob Christianson is currently the Composer, Arranger and Executive Producer of the WTTW-PBS Special, A Christmas Carol – The Concert, premiered by the Baltimore Symphony in December 2011.
Known for his work as co-composer and arranger of the Marin Alsop commissioned piece, Too Hot to Handle, Christianson’s work was recorded by NPR with parts broad casted to thousands.  The success of the special lead to a number one album in the Cross-over Classical field on iTunes and has proved to be a constant favorite of countless orchestras across the world. Christianson brings the same cross-over appeal to A Christmas Carol - The Concert, maintaining one foot in the classical world and the other in pop in an orchestral forum.

HIs successful career as a studio synthesis having worked with producers like the late, great Arif Mardin and with artists including Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Jan Hammer, Judy Collins, Dianna Ross, and Rupert Holmes.  His orchestra works have been performed by The Baltimore Symphony, The Colorado Symphony, The Concordia Orchestra, and The Florida Orchestra among others.
Christianson received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY at Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and has done graduate work in composition at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.


Bob Christianson  

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