Last night Christmas and the Holiday season came to NYC in the form of The Accidentals and Julia Wade. The WFM Listening Room produced its fifth concert in its experimental laboratory. What has evolved is a dedicated audience coming back again and again to hear good and great music simply presented.
We’re most happy to say that the experiment works. Two standing ovations last night – the first for The Accidentals and the second for MS Wade – proved that people don’t need all the hoopla that often accompanies the musical performances of the 21st century. What they really want is just good music with inspired performances.
And that’s just what they got last night. On top of which lay the froth of Christmas cheer presented in touching, sacred, wacky and delightful fashion.
The Accidentals performed a ten-song set that ran the gamut from French Classical to 40s Doo Wop. They rang in Christmas and Hanukkah with all their bells ringing and all their harmonies close and tight. This award-winning a capella group has been chiming in Christmas for New Yorkers for about a decade now and last night was Version 2010.
The audience ooo’d and aaah’d and chortled appropriately throughout as they spun their magic. My own personal fav last night was Jim Vincent’s personal and hauntingly sad arrangement of Handle’s Joy To The World. Masterfully arranged for 8 voices and beautifully sung!
Julia Wade then took over the stage with songs from her newly released CD, Every Day, and threw in a few Christmas songs to boot. What more can I say about this lady? Having now seen her 5th show and written about each one, I’m running out of superlatives. I can only say that I’ll miss her for the next few months as she begins to prepare her follow-up album.
In her finale Ms Wade once again lifted the evening to its rightful climax as she and the The Accidentals closed the affair with Julia’s powerful rendition of The Coming, a medley of O Come Emanuel and Come Thou Long Expected Jesus from her CD of several years ago entitled, Story For The Ages.
A happy and inspired audience left last night taking home with them a heady dose of Holiday spirit and a satisfied stomach of Christmas cookies.
December 16th, 8:00 ends the 2010 series with Billy Joel sideman Kevin Osborne kicking off the first of a series of evenings with New York favorite Jenny Burton. That show is selling out as we speak. Get your reservations immediately. This is one you don’t want to miss.
You’ve been warned!