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Tamyra Gray and Tony Desare Highlight Palm Beach Pops "Home For The Holidays" Concert Series

Maestro Bob Lappin & The Palm Beach Pops, honored three straight years with a Palm Beach Daily News Critic’s Choice Award, will open the Holiday season with “Home for the Holidays,” showcasing American Songbook classics and seasonal favorites, Monday, November 26, at 8 PM at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.

Maestro Lappin and his orchestra, along with guest artists, American Idol Finalist Tamyra Gray and singer-songwriter Tony DeSare, will perform a collection of Holiday favorites including The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride, and many other favorites.  Maestro Lappin and the Palm Beach Pops, Gray and DeSare will perform their interpretation of the pop standard, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” by Frank Loesser.

“I’m thrilled and excited to be performing once again with Maestro Lappin and the Pops Orchestra,” said DeSare.  “The Holiday time has always been my favorite season, so getting to be on stage and play to the audience means a great deal to me.”

Tamyra Gray

Gray, who was an Idol finalist in the show’s first season, is equally enthused about performing during the Holidays.  “To me, there is nothing better than singing some of the great American Holiday songs,” said Gray, who has two recordings on the American Idol Christmas album. “I can’t wait to be on stage with the Palm Beach Pops—it will be a magical night.”

“The combination of these two exceptional performers with the Pops orchestra will heighten the excitement of the holiday season for our South Florida audiences,” said Lappin. “Our outstanding musicians are always in the festive spirit when they play these holiday classics and our audience never tires of them.”

The Kravis Center will present “Home for the Holidays” a second time on Tuesday, November 27, before the series moves to the Kaye Auditorium at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Thursday and Friday, November 29 and 30. The series will conclude at the Eissey Theatre at Palm Beach State College on Sunday, December 2.  All performances will begin at 8 PM.

“As we enter this festive time of year, Maestro Bob and his orchestra look forward to performing America’s classic, family Holiday songs that can commemorate this past year, as well as others that will usher us into 2013,” says Pops Executive Director David Quilleon.

The Palm Beach Pops would like to thank its concert sponsors, Dr. Sol and Suzee Colsky for the November 26th show and Janet & Robert Nakushian for the November 27th performance.

Tickets for all performances of “Home for the Holidays” are available at the Kravis Center,    Kaye Auditorium and Eissey Theatre box offices; by calling the Palm Beach Pops at 561-832-7677 or 800-448-2472 from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday; or by visiting the Palm Beach Pops website,www.palmbeachpops.org.  Tickets are priced from $29 to $89.

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