Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS

The series took place from December 15-18, 2022 at The Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston. 

Back by popular demand, Broadway star N'Kenge made her joyous return to the Houston Symphony as featured guest artist for A Very Merry Pops, a three-night holiday concert series, led by Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski. The series took place from December 15-18, 2022 at The Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston.

N'Kenge performed several holiday favorites, including a show-stopping arrangement of "Joy to the World," made famous by Whitney Houston, who is one of N'Kenge's idols and "the reason I wanted to sing!"

Another highlight in the program was a medley that N'Kenge performed with the choir, titled "Sing Noel/Go Tell It on the Mountain." N'Kenge says, "the medley depicted some African beats which I love and reminded me of the South when I first heard spirituals in church."

The Houston Symphony Chorus is also featured in a number of songs on the program with N'Kenge.

This was N'Kenge's first time working with highly sought-after pops conductor Michael Krajewski, who has a twenty-year relationship with the Houston Symphony.

Maestro Krajewski says, "N'Kenge's performance at the Houston Symphony's holiday concert brought good cheer to one and all. Her talent and charm warmed the hearts of everyone. She's a phenomenal singer and pleasure to work with."

N'Kenge has performed as a soloist at world-renowned illustrious performance venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Madison Square Garden and has headlined Pop and Opera concerts with Houston Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra, to name a few. N'Kenge has graced the stage as a presenter at the 58th Annual NY Emmy Awards. A proud alumni of both The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, N'Kenge Made her Broadway debut in Sondheim on Sondheim and is currently on Broadway in the revival of "Caroline, or Change." This energetic, well-rounded singer has performed with jazz greats like Ornette Coleman and Wynton Marsalis and was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of the leading roles in both the Elton John/Tim Rice Musical "Aida" and in Marion Caffey's "3 Mo' Divas" by the Helen Hayes Awards and the Arizoni Theater Awards.

In addition to her performances, N'Kenge is also a producer. She's currently developing a Broadway-bound musical celebrating Dorothy Dandridge's life and music. She is also developing a new TV musical dramedy, Black Butterfly, with TV producer Gina Goff.

For more info: NkengeMusic.com

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS
N'Kenge with the Houston Symphony

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS
N'Kenge with the Houston Symphony

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS
N'Kenge with the Houston Symphony

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS
N'Kenge

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS
N'Kenge

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS
N'Kenge with the Houston Symphony

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS
N'Kenge with the Houston Symphony

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS
N'Kenge with the Houston Symphony

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS
N'Kenge with the Houston Symphony

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS
N'Kenge

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS
N'Kenge with the Houston Symphony

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS
N'Kenge and fans

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS
N'Kenge with fans

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS
N'Kenge with the Houston Symphony

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS
N'Kenge with the Houston Symphony

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS
N'Kenge with the Houston Symphony

Photos: Broadway & Opera Star N'Kenge Dazzles With Houston Symphony In A VERY MERRY POPS
N'Kenge with the Houston Symphony

 



Ucross And Houston Ballet Announce New Dance Residency Photo
​​​​​​​Ucross and Houston Ballet have joined forces to establish an exciting new resource for choreographers and dancers, the Lauren Anderson Dance Residency at Ucross. The new fellowship will provide Houston Ballet choreographers and performers with four weeks of uninterrupted time and space at the acclaimed artist residency program in northern Wyoming.

Interview: Christina Wells brings to life Mama from CHICAGO at Theatre Under The Stars Photo
One of the most fun people I've had the pleasure to speak to, Christina Wells currently lives the dream as a professional singer and motivational speaker. Now she's playing 'Mama' in the national tour of Chicago.

National Youth Theater to Present THE SOUND OF MUSIC in March Photo
National Youth Theater has announced their upcoming production of The Sound of Music, the world's most beloved musical, set to be performed in March.

National Youth Theater to Present SEUSSICAL in March Photo
National Youth Theater is set to present Seussical, a magical journey into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss in March.


More Hot Stories For You


Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. Presents Stephen King's MISERYDirt Dogs Theatre Co. Presents Stephen King's MISERY
February 8, 2023

Experience the heart-pounding tension of Misery as Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. (DDTCo.) envelops you in the narrative through an intimate staging of the tangled relationship between a trapped author and his psychotic fan.

Professor Paul Liptz, 2023 Horvitz Scholar in Residence, Comes to The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC This MonthProfessor Paul Liptz, 2023 Horvitz Scholar in Residence, Comes to The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC This Month
February 8, 2023

​​​​​​​The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC (the J) Professor Paul Liptz will speak on Israel at 75: The Fascinating Story of Modern Israel as this year's Bunny and Leo Horvitz Scholar-in-Residence, Feb. 13- 28.

National Youth Theater to Present THE SOUND OF MUSIC in MarchNational Youth Theater to Present THE SOUND OF MUSIC in March
February 7, 2023

National Youth Theater has announced their upcoming production of The Sound of Music, the world's most beloved musical, set to be performed in March.

National Youth Theater to Present SEUSSICAL in MarchNational Youth Theater to Present SEUSSICAL in March
February 7, 2023

National Youth Theater is set to present Seussical, a magical journey into the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss in March.

Music Educator-Pianist Melvin Johnson to Release Debut Album LITTLE RED WAGONMusic Educator-Pianist Melvin Johnson to Release Debut Album LITTLE RED WAGON
February 6, 2023

On February 17, 2023, Houston, Texas pianist/composer Melvin Johnson will offer a gift to the world with his debut album, 'Little Red Wagon,' overflowing with musical narratives on family love and the life lessons they provide.