Tonight the Crouse-Hinds Theatre stage at the Civic Center came to life with Christmas music during rehearsal for the "Home for the Holidays" Pops concert by Symphoria. Soloist Rachel Mulcahy is in town from New York City. Her voice soared through the theatre tonight with the full orchestra accompanying.
Performances are Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30. There is also a 1:30 pm Saturday matinee. Tickets are still available for the concert that includes many of your holiday favorites such as Deck the Hall, Festive Sounds of Hanukah, White Christmas, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Still Nachte (Silent Night) and a rousing Christmas Eve finale from the movie "It's a Wonderful LIfe."
Late in the program Rachel Mulcahy will solo in "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables. It is sure to be the moment that brings chills to the audience and tears to the eyes of her family and friends in the audience. It's an inspirational selection from the Tony Award winning musical that has become a staple of theatres across the country. It's the perfect fit for Rachel's combination of acting skills, musicality and powerful voice.
By the way, Rachel is my niece. Her parents, Tim and Kristen Mulcahy will be the ones cheering her on in the theatre for everyone of the three weekend shows. Rachel graduated from Skaneateles High, has a B.F.A from SUNY Fredonia for musical theatre and since then has performed professionally across the country. The Covid pandemic canceled shows she had booked for productions of "Once" at Syracuse Stage back to back with the same show in Rochester at the Geva Theatre.
The Syracuse Pops Chorus also is a big part of this weekend's concert. There are Covid precautions. Symphoria is using a vaccine or test model. Of course, masks must be worn inside.