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The Rob Mathes Holiday Concert
with Special Guests Sting and Vanessa Williams

Featured Vocalist James D-Train Williams

The Band: Will Lee – bass
Billy Masters – guitar
Joe Bonadio and Shawn Pelton – percussion
Rick Knutsen – keyboards
Jeff Kievit – first trumpet
Don Harris – second trumpet
Andy Snitzer – tenor sax
Aaron Heick – alto sax
Mike Davis – trombone
Jeff Nelson – bass trombone

Rob Mathes celebrates 25 years of rockin’ holiday concerts with special celebrity guest artists that will get you in the holiday spirit. Come for an afternoon of funk- and R&B-laden original tunes, holiday classics, and audience favorites with Emmy-winner and Grammy-and-Tony-nominated Rob Mathes and his band of all-star musicians, including instrumentalists from Saturday Night Live and the Late Show with David Letterman. Sting and Vanessa Williams will perform a couple of holiday-themed tunes as special guest performers.

Emmy-winning and Grammy, Tony, and Drama Desk Award-nominated Rob Mathes has spent the past year working with a variety of artists, including Tony and Oscar-winning composers Pasek and Paul (Dear Evan Hansen and La La Land) and star Hugh Jackman, orchestrating and conducting the song score for the worldwide smash The Greatest Showman. Rob wrote all the horn and string arrangements for Panic At The Disco’s number one album Pray For The Wicked, released last spring. He orchestrated and supervised the UK Premiere and Tour of Sting’s The Last Ship, which received rave reviews across England. For the July 4th PBS Special at the National Mall, he arranged music for Renée Fleming, and he contributed two arrangements to her upcoming Broadway record for Decca. He continued to arrange music for the Boston Pops this year, both for their Spring Concert and their upcoming Holiday Pops series. Rob musically directed the Songwriters Hall of Fame which featured Sara Bareilles, Neil Diamond, John Mellencamp, Jermaine Dupri, Kool and The Gang, and Ariana Grande. Mathes arranged music for the world famous virtuosos violinist Joshua Bell and trumpeter Chris Botti, and began work for a new Elvis Costello project. He just finished arranging music for records by pop artists Rob Thomas and Andrew McMahon, and produced a Sondheim project for NY Times darling Melissa Errico, to be released in the fall.

No children tickets available for The Rob Mathes Holiday Concert.


Box Office Information

Address: 3 Spruce Street, New York


Closed except for day of performance. For tickets via phone, call Ovation Tix at 866-811-4111

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About the Artists

Rob Mathes


James "D Train" Williams

Vanessa Williams

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Rob Mathes discusses family, music, and his holiday concert