Holiday Pops!
Jingle & Jazz with Amanda Carr

Friday, December 7 & Saturday, December 8, 2018
Organ music, 7 pm; Concert starts at 8 pm
Memorial Hall, Melrose

Kickoff the “most wonderful time of the year” at the Melrose Symphony’s annual Holiday Pops celebration! This year the MSO is joined by award-winning jazz singer Amanda Carr. Ms. Carr has been heard across the globe in performances with the Boston Pops, Glenn Miller Orchestra, James Montgomery, and others. Come celebrate the holidays with us!

Sponsored by Brad Hutchinson Real Estate

About the Soloist

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Amanda Carr is an International recording and touring artist receiving worldwide critical acclaim of her fresh interpretations of the Great American Songbook. Her performances include, The Boston Pops with Keith Lockhart, Michael Feinstein and The Glenn Miller Orchestra. The Wall Street Journal, hails her, “...a true jazz singer in a time of wannabes."

While still performing and tapping into her roots of pop, blues, folk, and rock with artists like the legendary James Montgomery and Charlie Farren, Amanda has been a guest vocalist, making countless appearances both as a headliner and with other artists and ensembles. While appearing at global jazz festivals, she recorded “Live in San Giorgio” with Trio Martinale in Torino, Italy. The release of her Portuguese rendition of ‘Mas Que Nada’ in 2008 put her in the top 3 Vocalists in Brazil’s ‘Rio Review'. Amanda created and headlined a national touring show of  “A Tribute to Peggy Lee” selling out nationwide.

Among her corporate and commercial work, she has composed music for two PBS documentaries, one being ‘The Story of Golf’ that received an Emmy Nomination, and also recognition for her musical contributions to ‘Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History’. Her original work with childrenʼs music for the ‘Lilʼ Iguana’ series is among her favorite projects. She is the writer and composer for “The Boston Anthem,” adopted by major Boston sports teams, corporations, and schools. Her big band album, “Common Thread,” debuted on the top of multiple Jazz Best Seller charts and in the top 50 on Billboard. Paying homage to her big band musician parents, Amanda founded ‘American Big Band Preservation Society’ in 2009, a non-profit that preserves the essence of American musical heritage. She was chosen to represent the United States as a music ambassador to Shanghai, China in 2014.

Currently, she is an Artist Liaison for ‘Boston Women in Media and Entertainment’ authoring a popular online interview series. From 2012 to 2016 Amanda was a radio commentator for CBS radio for the prestigious annual “Boston Pops July 4th Fireworks Spectacular."

With 5 jazz vocal recordings, global distribution and airplay, Amanda continues to perform as a solo artist while remaining a popular guest artist. In 2015, Amanda was presented with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Rotary International and currently Executive Director of WICN Public Radio.