New Year’s Eve with 007
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022, 8:00 P.M.
THOMAS WOLFE AUDITORIUM
Darko Butorac, conductor
Mikki Sodergren, vocalist
Jonathan Christopher, vocalist
It’s Bond, James Bond, and your Asheville Symphony! Ring in the New Year with powerhouse vocalists backed by your Symphony and dreams of martinis (shaken, not stirred), Aston Martins, custom watches from Q, and the beloved MI6 agent. With hits from Bond movie favorites like Goldfinger, Skyfall, and more, start the new year in style by unleashing your inner Bond (or Bond girl).
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MEET THE SOLOISTS
Singing “beautifully and intelligently” (Jay Nordlinger, The New Criterion), Mikki Sodergren’s stylistic flexibility has afforded her an enriching and musically diverse career. Ms. Sodergren has developed new musicals for NYU Tisch, the BMI Lehmen-Engel Songwriting program, Disney Theatricals and the National Theatre of Great Britain, and has toured internationally with several ensembles, including the award-winning English Concert, the Grammy®-nominated Clarion Choir, and early music ensemble Meridionalis.
Ms. Sodergren often performs with symphonic orchestras on both classical engagements and pops programs. Ensembles include the Asheville, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Charleston, Hilton Head, and Johnstown Symphonies, the Savannah Philharmonic, the Washington Bach Consort, and others. Performing as the Mezzo-soprano soloist for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and many pops programs, Mikki thrives on stylistic integrity and varied musical programming. Recording extensively, Ms. Sodergren’s work has received three Grammy® nominations, including a 2021 Grammy® award for performing on the recording of Dame Ethel Smyth’s The Prison. Sodergren will be featured as the Alto Soloist on the forthcoming recording by the Clarion Choir of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.
Recent performances include performing with the award-winning Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of Met Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin for performances of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, and Verdi’s Requiem, aired live on PBS and the World Trade Center Memorial, in memory of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, and in celebration of the historic return of the Met after 18 months of closure. She has also been seen in the highly-lauded world premiere of Kamala Sankaram’s Looking At You, and can be heard on the original cast album, a Billboard chart topper for Classical charts in 2021. Sodergren made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2019 as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, and has performed Aldonza/Dulcinea (Man of La Mancha), opposite TONY and EMMY-nominated actor Ron Raines, as well as Eponine (Les Miserables) opposite Broadway legend, Craig Schulman.
Ms. Sodergren currently serves as Executive and Artistic Director of the only international, professional voice organization to dedicate themselves to the preservation, celebration and performance of all styles of classic American song: the American Traditions Vocal Collection. When all styles of American song are celebrated equally, all vocalists have the opportunity to shine.
Mikki resides in Savannah with her beloved cat, Djibouti.
Praised for his “hearty baritone” voice, Bermudian-Bostonian Jonathan Christopher is swiftly establishing himself as a premier versatile vocalist in New York City and around the world. In New York he has performed in critically acclaimed productions at Lincoln Center (Davóne Tines and Michael Schachter’s The Black Clown), Signature Theatre (Dave Malloy’s Octet), and Brooklyn Playhouse Theatre (David Chesky’s La Farranucci), and has been seen singing in the world renown cabarets of Joe’s Pub, The Duplex, and Don’t Tell Mama. Jonathan has been involved with two musicals set to open on Broadway in the coming seasons and has performed in musicals and operas throughout North America, Europe, and the Caribbean, including the role of Collins in the Aruban premiere of the musical Rent.
In concert, Jonathan toured Italy with the gospel quartet Gospel 4; Germany with the opera band The Cast; his native Bermuda; and southeast Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean while onboard the luxury liner Seabourn Encore, performing alongside Broadway lyricist Sir Tim Rice.
Over the years Jonathan was seen dancing with Diana Ross, working out with Lady Gaga, and most triumphantly singing with Celine Dion on the Today Show! An absolute career and personal highlight was hosting Bermuda’s first ever Pride in 2019 alongside his father, Bermudian Town Crier Ed Christopher. Along with his brother, fellow actor Nicholas Christopher, Jonathan received the prestigious 2020 Best of Bermuda Award. To top it all off, Jonathan is a member of the Hamilton National Tour, understudying Aaron Burr and George Washington and having played the Canadian premiere in Toronto.
With degrees in voice and opera from the University of Michigan and McGill University, Jonathan looks forward to continuing his eclectic and ever-evolving musical journey.