“Words can't convey how much we enjoyed the concert Sunday evening. The music and musicians were magnificent – where do you find all these talented artists? The production was classy and nothing short of miraculous, given how little time you had to rehearse. The arrangements were superbly eclectic – it's always a pleasant surprise to hear what is coming next. And though it's hard to single out any one set above the rest, the children's choirs clearly brought the house down. Everyone on the stage and in the audience seemed to enjoy this wonderful evening of music.”
“Your concert was amazing! The children made me cry - they were so sweet and beautiful! We'd come in a blizzard!!”
“Last night was a gift to this community and the majority of us who cherish the beauty of the season as we have for generations in this country. Your concert did so much for so many. It restored hope in a way.”
“Congratulations on producing and presenting such a terrific show last night. The buzz in the audience was up another notch from last year. You certainly did spread joy!”
“This was MOST EXCELLENT, Eric! We are so glad that we attended. Thank you!”
“Once again you two have outdone yourselves. Just when you think something can't be improved upon... wrong again!! We really had a tremendous time.”
“This event was wonderful, magnificent, heartwarming and fun. I am usually away in December so I was very excited to be home and able to attend. I invited a friend who said she can’t wait for next year’s show.”
What cast members are saying:
“I am so thankful for having the opportunity to participate with TCM this year…I have to say, this experience was probably my best Christmas gift of 2007!”
“I thought last night was spectacular and you and Robin did a fabulous job. I don't even know what my favorite part was because it all was wonderful.”
“What a blast to watch it all come together, with you and your wife at the helm, and all of your gang polishing their lines and shoes and handbells and horns…right up until the last…then the lights go down…and it is officially CHRISTMAS! Thanks for letting me be part of your big night.”
“Thanks for the concert! It was a treat to participate.”
“The kids had a great time…they enjoyed sharing their voices for the masses!! Thank you again for letting them be part of such an awesome show.”
“It was a wonderful blessing for and to so many people – both the participants and those attending. I was deeply blessed and filled and teary many times tonight. Thank you.”
“Sunday was simply awesome.....I am still on a high.”
50-Voice Gospel Choir, Top Local Artists Offer Unique Christmas Concert Event
NORTH ANDOVER, MA (December 3, 2007) The magic of Christmas comes alive in the many sounds and styles of music offered by over 150 artists that make up the cast of Not Your Typical Silent Night 2007, performing at the Rogers Center for the Arts on Sunday, December 16th at 6:00pm.
Star fiddler folk artist Jake Armerding and international jazz saxophonist Lance Bryant top the list of diverse talent joining The Choral Majority gospel choir for this unique holiday event. Also featured, acclaimed Boston gospel ensemble David Coleman & Confirmation, Seattle transplant Ryan Phelps, classical pianist Diane Lim, oboist Jim Sharrock, local super-talents Peter Vantine and Dana Whitaker, lead guitarist Brian Dixey, Berklee bass wiz Steve Nahlik, vocalists Gail Dorey, Jeanne McMahon, Yeimy Medina and Emily Nahlik, and members of Andover’s Dance Infusion company.
Singer/actress Robin V. Allison, who’s starred on most New England theatre stages, will be directing two children’s choirs, cueing dancers, and wearing a few other hats as she and singer/songwriter Eric W. Lindahl, her husband and co-creator of this annual community concert, bring their vision of Christmas magic to the Rogers Center stage for the first time. After three years of standing-room-only performances at Andover’s Old Town Hall, the couple knew it was time to expand the production, which now includes visual elements to complement the eclectic sounds they present.
“I love so many kinds of music, and have been blessed to know and work with a very talented and dedicated community of artists here,” says Lindahl. “So I asked most all of them to be in the show, never thinking they’d all say ‘yes’! They have multiple other performances this season, and still everyone has jumped on this crazy large-scale endeavor with the crazy name.”
For more information: Eric W. Lindahl at email@example.com