Jazz star, Tony DeSare returns to the Victory Theatre to perform with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual holiday celebration, “Peppermint Pops.” Alfred Savia conducts both performances, Saturday, December 7 at 7 PM and Sunday, December 8 at 2 PM.

Tony DeSare performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness and robust musicality. Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, DeSare has lived up to this distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, and the Today Show. His music has been posted by social media celebrity juggernaut, George Takei, and he has collaborated with Youtube icons Postmodern Jukebox.

Notwithstanding his critically acclaimed turns as a singer/pianist, DeSare is also an accomplished award-winning composer. He not only won first place in the USA Songwriting Contest, but has written the theme song for the motion picture, My Date With Drew, several broadcast commercials and has composed the full soundtracks for the Hallmark Channel's Love Always, Santa and Lifetime's Nanny Nightmare.

Tony DeSare rings in the most wonderful time of the year with such favorites and Christmas classics as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” and “Jingle Bells” as well as two original compositions.

Joining the Orchestra on stage include the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus, highlighted in Craig Courtney’s “A Musicological Journey Through the 12 Days of Christmas,” Evansville Children’s Choir singing John Williams “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas” from Home Alone, the Evansville Ballet Theatre performing a selection from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and Legacy Dance Company concluding the first half with a high kick dance to “Holiday Jazz.”

It is a tradition for the Orchestra to invite Tri-State Food Bank to collect non-perishable foods and monetary donations. Representatives will be located at both 6th Street and Main Street lobbies before and after each concert.

The media is invited to film or photograph portions of a rehearsal and/or performance for purposes of publication or broadcast. To schedule a time or request admittance, please contact Chris Harp at 812.425.5050, Ext 311.

The schedule will be as follows:
Rehearsal: Friday, December 6, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Rehearsal: Saturday, December 7, 10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Concert: Saturday, December 7, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Concert: Sunday, December 8, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Peppermint Pops is sponsored by Robert and Marianna Wright and Friends of the Chorus. Guest Artist Sponsor is the C. Wayne Worthington Family.