The Crypt Sessions

John Holiday

Art Songs and Standards

Church of the Intercession 550 W 155th St New York, NY 10032
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the long version

There’s something miraculous about John Holiday’s voice…he’s a countertenor who sings in the range of a woman, and the result is a voice that possesses an almost angelic purity while still having the power to fill a room. But John is special even among countertenors – in addition to singing arias and art songs at the highest level, he also is able to sit down at the piano and accompany himself in soul-piercing performances of spirituals and jazz standards. I could spend hours describing his talent, but I would instead just urge you to watch two videos that make the case far more eloquently than I ever could: John singing Handel’s “Ombra Mai Fu,” and then the classic “Fly Me to the Moon.” John will sing a program in the Crypt that will include Italian Baroque arias, French chansons, a song cycle by African-American composer Margaret Bonds, and a selection of spirituals and standards near and dear to his heart. This is a singular, world class talent, who will take a break from touring with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel to sing for us in the Crypt. Don’t miss it.

The short version

The Washington Post described John Holiday’s voice as “timeless,” and amidst the intimate acoustic of the Crypt, he’s going to sing a program that will break our hearts, lift our spirits, and leave us all in a better place. We can’t wait.

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