The New Haven Symphony Orchestra will partner with Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts for a Holiday Extravaganza! concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the center, 1073 N. Benson Road.
Guest conductor Matthew Savery will lead the NHSO Pops and soprano Maureen O'Flynn through a program that will include classics such as "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Carol of the Bells," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "O Holy Night."
Savery, a native of western Massachusetts, graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music and received a master of music degree from the University of Michigan, according to a release. He has led performances throughout the country, including with Virginia symphony orchestras, the Missouri Chamber Orchestra, Canada's Victoria Symphony, Italy's Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari and Turkey's Presidential Symphony Orchestra.
O'Flynn is an internationally renowned singer known for her work in opera and on the musical theater stage. She has been awarded the Richard Tucker Foundation Grant and the Opera Index First Prize. Included in her many accolades is star recognition for her role as Gilda in "Rigoletto," which she has performed at the Metropolitan Opera with Plácido Domingo, in Italy and Israel, and with Houston Grand Opera; she debuted with the Dallas Opera, winning its Callas Award as Outstanding New Artist of the Year.