Jason Robert Brown Conducts Own Music in NYC, Dec. 31

News   Jason Robert Brown Conducts Own Music in NYC, Dec. 31 Parade composer Jason Robert Brown will conduct his song, "The New World," on Dec. 31, at 7:30 PM, as part of the 16th annual "New Year's Concert for Peace" at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan.

Parade composer Jason Robert Brown will conduct his song, "The New World," on Dec. 31, at 7:30 PM, as part of the 16th annual "New Year's Concert for Peace" at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan.

Singing will be vocalists Brooks Ashmanskas, Andrea Burns, Jessica Molaskey, and Billy Porter. At the end of the concert, Brown, who won a Tony for Parade, will give voice to his song "The Music of Heaven." The New York Festival Singers will sing backup.

The concert will also feature Maureen Moore, who will sing "Children Will Listen" from Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. And, in an unusual touch, actor Stephen Spinella will read a message written for the event by former New York Times drama critic Frank Rich. Actors reading critics' copy?; "Concert for Peace" indeed.

The concert is free (though there are some reserved seats available for $100 & $75, and a contribution is requested).

--By Robert Simonson