What is it about a holiday performance that few singers can resist and crowds line up to see?
"Once that overture begins, in this case 'Deck the Halls,' people have a sense of nostalgia and it places them in a positive mood," said stage and screen star Daniel Narducci, whose voice tolls the yuletide celebration along with the BSO Holiday Pops Wednesday evening at the Music Center at Strathmore. "The excitement is reciprocal. There's absolutely nothing like pouring your heart and soul into a performance ... and then having the audience send it right back to you with a riotous ovation. The energy is just wonderful."
In hearty pops-style celebration, when there is one great voice to make the season merry, an entire chorus makes it merrier. Enter the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the Anacrusis Handbell Ensemble, and place the whole shebang under the direction of conductor Robert Bernhardt, and therein lies a concert to enchant the whole family.
"What I most like doing is singing great songs [and] I'm so fortunate to sing with the Choral Arts Society," Narducci continued. "I'm doing original arrangements of songs everyone will know. Of course, I begin with 'It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.' "
|BSO SuperPops: Holiday Pops Celebration|
|» Where: The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda|
|» When: 8 p.m. Wednesday|
|» Info: $17 to $50; 410-783-8000; bsomusic.org|
In a mix of the traditional secular and sacred carols, Narducci leads a sing-along that includes "Silent Night," and "The First Noel," while earlier in the second act, the chorus and bell choir deliver an intricately delightful rendition of -- what else -- "The Carol of the Bells."
The actor in Narducci is thrilled to recite "Twas the Night Before Christmas" backed by a traditional musical arrangement by Randol Bass.
Revealing too much of this yuletide feast before the celebration begins would be like opening one too many gifts on the night before Christmas, or eating cookies for Santa before the jolly old man arrives. Suffice it to say, concertgoers, both young and old, might want to keep an eye out for a surprise visitor from way up north.