“BARITIONE CHRISTIAAN SMITH SANG ‘TIME AFTER TIME’ FOR ME ONCE,
AND IT WAS NEVER BETTER …I AND HEARD SINATRA SING IT.”– CAROL BURNETT
Celebrated baritone Christiaan Smith will make his Carnegie Hall debut this fall with “Songs We Know,”
presented by Trespass Productions, this Saturday, November 18 at 8PM in Weill Recital Hall. Tickets, priced at $48 to $78, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, www.CarnegieHall.org
In “Songs We Know,” Smith explores the popular songs of The Beatles, Adele, John Legend, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Simon and Garfunkel, Elvis, and more. Each song is given a fresh interpretation that will make you question the definition of the “art song.” In this program, “Some Enchanted Evening” intertwines with “My Way” to a Schubert-inspired piano accompaniment. With Dr. Casey Robards at the piano, pop iconography merges with musicology in this fresh perspective on American top-40 radio hits from various decades.
“I could not be more excited to make my Carnegie hall debut with this playlist of a program,” says Smith. “I’ve always wanted to bridge the gap between contemporary ‘popular hits’ and the ‘art song’ recitals I did in opera school, so I’ve hand-selected and rearranged some of my favorite pop gems. I want to show listeners that a song does not have to be classical to be a classic.”
As an artist, Smith has never been one for coloring inside the lines. Kicked out of opera conservatory for forming a jazz band with former Miles Davis’ bassist, Smith has gone on to a surprising varied career singing opera in Pavarotti’s hometown in Italy, studying with legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, and sharing the stage with Grammy nominee Frederica von Stade and Tony Award winner Alice Ripley. Smith studies with Lady Gaga’s vocal coach; tackled roles composed by Mozart, Sondheim, and Rossini; serenaded Carol Burnett; and even opened for Barack Obama on the campaign trail.
Most recently, Smith co-wrote his first solo albumto be released later this year, “All The Way,” with British songwriter Chris Eaton. Eaton has written for Janet Jackson, Keith Urban and Amy Grant. The album’s title song will be the first single from the album, available on iTunes, Amazon and all other music platforms starting October 20.