Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conductor
Andrea Ross, vocalist
Matthew Johnson, vocalist
The Phoenix Symphony Chorus
Thomas Bookhout, Chorus master
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Celebrate the Holidays with Holiday Pops, one of Arizona’s most treasured traditions. Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez, vocalists Andrea Ross and Matthew Johnson and The Phoenix Symphony Chorus join the orchestra for an unforgettable performance. From the sacred to the secular and across array of songs and traditions, Holiday Pops with The Phoenix Symphony will get you in the spirit of the season like nothing else!
FAMILY HOLIDAY FUN!
Letter to Santa at Symphony Hall & Santa Sighting
Get in the Holiday spirit by delivering your Santa letter to the North Pole Mailbox at Symphony Hall during Holiday Pops!
Print the letter template or pick up a copy at the Hall, write your list (and check it twice) and drop it in Santa’s Mailbox before the show begins.
All ages from the young to the young-at-heart may participate.
P.S. One of the elves told us that Santa might make a special appearance!
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About Enrico Lopez-Yañez
Enrico Lopez-Yañez is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Nashville Symphony where he leads the Symphony’s Pops Series and Family Series. Lopez-Yañez is quickly establishing himself as one of the Nation’s leading conductors of popular music and becoming known for his unique style of audience engagement. Also an active composer/arranger, Lopez-Yañez has been commissioned to write for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the Houston Symphony, and has had his works performed by orchestras including the Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Ft. Worth Symphony, Utah Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, and Florida Orchestra.
Since working with the Nashville Symphony, Lopez-Yañez has conducted concerts with a broad spectrum of artists including: Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, The Beach Boys, Richard Marx, Toby Keith, Trisha Yearwood, Kellie Pickler, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Megan Hilty, Hanson and more. Lopez-Yañez also conducts the annual Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th fireworks show which was first televised on CMT in 2019 reaching millions of viewers across the nation.
In the upcoming season, Lopez-Yañez will collaborate with artists including Itzhak Perlman, Nas, Leslie Odom Jr., Stewart Copeland of The Police, Ben Folds, Jennifer Nettles, Boz Scaggs, Kenny G and more. Lopez-Yañez will appear with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Pacific Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and will make return appearances with the Detroit Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, and Toledo Symphony. Previously, Lopez-Yañez has appeared with orchestras throughout North America including the Aguascalientes Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, and Utah Symphony among others.
As Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Symphonica Productions, LLC, Lopez-Yañez curates and leads programs designed to cultivate new audiences. An enthusiastic proponent of innovating the education concert experience, his exciting concerts “breathe new, exuberant life into classical programming for kids and families” (Nashville Parent Magazine). Symphonica’s productions have been described as “incredibly special – and something that needs to become the new norm in educational programing” (Lima Symphony).
As a producer, composer, and arranger, Lopez-Yañez’s work can be heard on numerous albums including the UNESCO benefit album Action Moves People United and children’s music albums including The Spaceship that Fell in My Backyard, winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Hollywood Music and Media Awards, Family Choice Awards and Kokowanda Bay, winner of a Global Media Award as well as a Parents’ Choice Award where Lopez-Yañez was lauded for his “catchy arrangements” (Parents’ Choice Foundation).
About Andrea Ross
Andrea Ross began her career in her hometown of Boston, where she was the youngest recipient of the prestigious Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress. She caught the attention of legendary Broadway composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, who became her mentor and took Ms. Ross under his wing. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Universal Music Group: Classics and Jazz, produced Andrea’s solo album, Moon River, which debuted on the Top 50 UK Charts.
Ms. Ross has performed as a soloist at prominent UK venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Hampton Court Palace, St. Martin-In-The-Fields, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sydmonton Festival. Andrea also performed at Wembley Stadium, where she was a guest artist for Concert for Diana, hosted by the Royal Family to commemorate Princess Diana. Ms. Ross has developed an international reputation as a soloist of the highest caliber, singing with top symphony orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, South Korea.
Theatrically, Andrea was handpicked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to originate the lead role of ‘Swallow’ in the US tour of Whistle Down The Wind. Andrea then performed as ‘Maria’ in the Broadway Tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, directed by Jack O’Brien and music directed by Andy Einhorn. She has performed across the country with various professional theater companies, including Theatre Aspen, Arizona Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Wheelock Family Theater and the Lyric Stage Company in Boston.
Andrea’s recording credits include her solo album, Moon River, produced by Universal Classics and Jazz, multiple tracks on Andrew Lloyd Webber 60, produced by Universal Music Group, and Over the Rainbow charity album, which peaked at No. 1 on the UK Compilation Charts.
About Matthew Johnson
The multi-talented Matthew Johnson is an actor, singer, dancer, and musician who has performed with the likes of Pharrell, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, Childish Gambino, and Stevie Wonder. His musical theater roots were cultivated at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and through his mentor, Debbie Allen, who helped mold him into the triple threat performer he is today. Matthew has done vocal arrangements for the Grammy Awards as well as performed at the Emmys and the Billboard Awards. He honed his skills as a vocal chameleon on some of the world’s most watched television shows such as American Idol, The Voice, X Factor and Late Night with James Corden. He’s shared the stage and studio with some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Kelly Clarkson, Sam Smith, Demi Lavato, and Jennifer Hudson. On the big screen, Matthew stars as Mack in Warner Brother’s “Christmas on the Square” starring Dolly Parton and Christine Baranski which received an Emmy nomination this year.
Note: Programs, dates, times, and prices are subject to change.