Monday, November 30, 2015

Global Warming Crowd Lives High; YOU Pay!

Yeah, once again Drudge gets it right!

h/t: The Drudge Report

Christie: Outrageous 'A High Bar' For Trump

Watch the whole video, especially the part around about 3:55.
It's starting to get dicey, folks! And Governor Chris Christie is on his toes and right back at 'ya, as usual!

A Difference Between The Sexes? Really?

Christie Picks Up Key NH Endorsements

Influential New Hampshire business leaders and Republican activists Dan and Renee Plummer have endorsed Chris Christie for President of the United States. After meeting nearly every Republican candidate for President to evaluate their experience and their vision for our country, the Plummers called Christie the most tested and best prepared in these challenging times.

“Our country is at a tipping point: ISIS threatens America’s security, drug use tears apart our families, and our veterans do not receive the care they have been promised in return for their service. After personally meeting with nearly every Republican candidate for President, we firmly believe that Chris Christie is the best equipped to face these challenges, and we proudly endorse him for President.” The Plummers added, “Governor Christie has the strength to stand up for American interests and the compassion to believe in the potential of the American people. The times are too challenging to take a chance on inexperience – and no candidate is more tested and ready than Chris Christie.”

“Renee and Dan are not only accomplished business leaders, they are tireless advocates for veterans and dozens of charitable causes directly impacting the community. I am honored they have given me their support,” said Governor Christie. “Their passion and enthusiasm will be a tremendous asset to our New Hampshire team.”

Renee Plummer serves as co-owner and Vice President of Marketing for Two International Group, a Portsmouth, New Hampshire development company. Plummer (nee Salerno) grew up in Mt. Kisco, NY (Westchester County), the daughter of Sicilian parents originally from the Bronx. As a teenager, she worked jobs at McDonald’s and the Waldorf-Astoria but did not attend college.

Plummer moved to New Hampshire in 1982 with her first husband, cardiologist John Riedel. In 1983, she gave birth to a daughter who passed away within days. The tragedy caused Plummer to organize a fundraiser for children in the neonatal unit at Exeter Hospital, which began her long involvement in charitable causes.

In 1998, she and her second husband Danny Plummer began the redevelopment of the former Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth into an 850,000 square foot business and industrial park. Through her success in business, Plummer became a fixture in charitable causes for children, veterans and the arts.

Plummer became active in Republican politics on the Seacoast in 1995 and served as an organizer for Bob Dole in 1996, George W. Bush in 2000, and John McCain in 2008. She is consistently named one of the most influential people in New Hampshire politics, including a recent article in Politico Magazine that said, “To Win New Hampshire, You Have to Win Renee Plummer.”

In 2012, Plummer served as a co-chair and RNC delegate for Gov. Jon Huntsman. In 2014, Gov. Rick Perry brought Plummer and her husband to Austin for dinner at the governor’s mansion. In the 2016 presidential election cycle, Plummer has hosted Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Gov. George Pataki, Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. John Kasich, Dr. Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and Carly Fiorina for private lunches and events.

Dan Plummer is the President of Two International Group, a development company that is one of the largest firms in New Hampshire and has been active in the Portsmouth area for almost 40 years. Over the past ten years, Two International Group has built over 850,000 rentable square feet, with 16 buildings and more than 70 acres developed in the Pease International Tradeport. Dan has dedicated his professional career to redevelopment in Portsmouth, but also enjoys hosting Republican presidential candidates with his wife Renee, a Republican activist and Vice President of Marketing for Two International Group. Dan estimates that Two International pays more than $1 million a year in municipal service fees to Portsmouth.

Pope: God Makes No Distinction Among Suffering

Yesterday afternoon the Pope met with the Evangelical Communities of the Central African Republic in the Evangelical Theological Faculty of Bangui (FATEB), instituted by the “Association des Evangeliques en Afrique” (AEA) in 1974 to respond to the needs of this Church in the African continent and where over 650 leaders have completed their preparation, going on to serve in the churches and evangelical institutions of 21 African countries.

Francis was received by the dean of the Faculty and by three members of the “interreligious Platform” which has supported the process of national peacemaking: the Archbishop of Bangui, Dieudonne Nzapalainga, C.S.Sp.the president of the “Alliance des Eglises Evangeliques Centrafricaines” (AEC) and the Imam of Bangui.

“We are all here in the service of the risen Lord Who assembles us today; and, by virtue of the common baptism we have received, we are sent to proclaim the joy of the Gospel to men and women of this beloved country of Central Africa”, began the Pope, following greetings from the dean of the FATEB and the president of the AEC.

“For all too long, your people have experienced troubles and violence, resulting in great suffering. This makes the proclamation of the Gospel all the more necessary and urgent. For it is Christ’s own flesh which suffers in his dearest sons and daughters: the poorest of his people, the infirm, the elderly, the abandoned, children without parents or left to themselves without guidance and education. There are also those who have been scarred in soul or body by hatred and violence, those whom war has deprived of everything: work, home and loved ones”.

“God makes no distinctions between those who suffer. I have often called this the ecumenism of blood. All our communities suffer indiscriminately as a result of injustice and the blind hatred unleashed by the devil. Here I wish to express my closeness and solidarity to Pastor Nicholas, whose home was recently ransacked and set on fire, as was the meeting-place of his community. In these difficult circumstances, the Lord keeps asking us to demonstrate to everyone His tenderness, compassion and mercy. This shared suffering and shared mission are a providential opportunity for us to advance together on the path of unity; they are also an indispensable spiritual aid. How could the Father refuse the grace of unity, albeit still imperfect, to His children who suffer together and, in different situations, join in serving their brothers and sisters?”

Francis reiterated that the lack of unity among Christians is a scandal, above all because it is “contrary to God’s will. It is also a scandal when we consider the hatred and violence which are tearing humanity apart, and the many forms of opposition which the Gospel of Christ encounters. I appreciate the spirit of mutual respect and cooperation existing between the Christians of your country, and I encourage you to continue on this path of common service in charity. It is a witness to Christ which builds up unity”.

He concluded by expressing his wish that, with a view to achieving the hoped-for full communion, that those present, “with increasing intensity and courage, … perseverance and charity, a commitment to prayer and common reflection”, seek to achieve greater “mutual understanding, trust and friendship. I assure you of my prayerful support along the path of fraternal charity, reconciliation and mercy, a path which is long, yet full of joy and hope”.

“I ask the Lord Jesus to bless all of you, to bless your communities, and also to bless our Church. And I ask you to pray for me. Thank you”.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

WOW! A BIG Boost For Chris Christie: MAJOR!

The Machester Union Leader remains a very influential outlet in the state and its endorsement is absolutely priceless.
Congratulations to our own New Jersey Governor (and our dear friend) Chris Christie.
Through your heard work and tireless dedication to the cause you've earned this endorsement, Governor!
And we're proud to say we've been with you ceaselessly, right from the start!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hurry, Time To Hit The Ice . . . Brrrrrrr!

Leslie Nielsen: Remembering Him Five Years Later

Leslie Nielsen, the wonderful cmic actor who entertained millions dies on this date five years ago.
With a look back, heres how the Dan Cirucci Blog reported on his death and remembered him at that time:

Leslie Nielsen, the actor whose longtime career took a sudden turn from drama into comedy with spoofs like "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun," has died at age 84, his family said Sunday.
Nielsen was born in Canada and his career extended for decades, back to the early days of television.
Nielsen's really big break came in 1980 when he was cast as the doctor on a plane in the hit comedy "Airplane." Though he had played roles in TV dramas and other parts, Airplane launched a huge second career for Nielsen who became a kind of comic icon.
Nielsen died of complications of pneumonia in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,

Leslie Nielsen's Top Five Characters
On the heels of his recent death there continues to be a great deal of interest in comedian/actor Lelsie Nielsen.
In no particular order, here are the five most memorable characters that Nielsen created:
Lucas Hollingsworth on the Golden Girls - Nielsen plays Blanch Devereaux's Uncle Lucas and trcks Dorothy into going out on a date with him. But Dorothy and Uncle Lucas have the last laugh when they trick Blanch.
Max Muldoon on Who's The Boss? -  Nielsen plays Mona's love interest. The romance progresses so far that he actually proposes to Mona but they don't end up together in the end.
Frank Drebin on Police Squad - Although this series lastest only about six episodes it inspired the movie The Naked Gun. Frank would offer someone a cigarette, he would say, "Cigarette?" The potential recipient always replied, "Yes, I know."
Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun - A reprise of the TV role, this began a series of feature length films. There were three in all.
Dr. Rumack in Airplane - The role that catapulted Nielsen to fame. The famous line: "Surely, you can't be serious!" Nielsen replies, "I am serious. And don't call me Shirley."

In Uganda, Pope Remembers Martyrs

Following his encounter with the leaders of Uganda, the Pope travelled 38 kilometres by car from Entebbe to Munyonyo, the place where King Mwanga II (1884-1903) chose to exterminate the Christians of Uganda and where in May 1886 the first four martyrs were killed, including St. Andrew Kaggwa, patron of Ugandan catechists. Every year catechists gather in the area of the shrine of Munyonyo, now entrusted to the Conventual Franciscans, where a new Church able to hold a thousand people is being built.

Among the catechists attending the meeting with the Holy Father there was also a representation of teachers from the Uganda National Council of Laity, as laypeople have played, and continue to play, a very important role in the evangelisation of the country.

Upon arrival, the Pope was received by the superior of the Franciscans and by Archbishiop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala, who accompanied him to the churchyard where he planted and watered a tree, along with the archbishop and leaders of the Orthodox and Protestant confessions to underline the ecumenical aspect of the Ugandan martyrs. Indeed, dozens of Anglicans were killed during the reign of King Mwanga II, alongside twenty-two of his servants, pages and functionaries who were converted to Catholicism by the missionaries of Africa.

After blessing the new statue of St. Andrew Kaggwa, located in the place of his martyrdom, the Pope addressed the catechists, first thanking them for their sacrifices in fulfilling their mission. “You teach what Jesus taught, you instruct adults and help parents to raise their children in the faith, and you bring the joy and hope of eternal life to all”, he said. “Thank you for your dedication, your example, your closeness to God’s people in their daily lives, and all the many ways you plant and nurture the seeds of faith throughout this vast land. Thank you especially for teaching our children and young people how to pray”.

“I know that your work, although rewarding, is not easy. So I encourage you to persevere, and I ask your bishops and priests to support you with a doctrinal, spiritual and pastoral formation capable of making you ever more effective in your outreach. Even when the task seems too much, the resources too few, the obstacles too great, it should never be forgotten that yours is a holy work. The Holy Spirit is present wherever the name of Christ is proclaimed. He is in our midst whenever we lift up our hearts and minds to God in prayer. He will give you the light and strength you need! The message you bring will take root all the more firmly in people’s hearts if you are not only a teacher but also a witness. Your example should speak to everyone of the beauty of prayer, the power of mercy and forgiveness, the joy of sharing in the Eucharist with all our brothers and sisters”.

“The Christian community in Uganda grew strong through the witness of the martyrs”, he continued. “They testified to the truth which sets men free; they were willing to shed their blood to be faithful to what they knew was good and beautiful and true. We stand here today in Munyonyo at the place where King Mwanga determined to wipe out the followers of Christ. He failed in this, just as King Herod failed to kill Jesus. The light shone in the darkness, and the darkness could not overcome it. After seeing the fearless testimony of Saint Andrew Kaggwa and his companions, Christians in Uganda became even more convinced of Christ’s promises”.

“May Saint Andrew, your patron, and all the Ugandan catechist martyrs, obtain for you the grace to be wise teachers, men and women whose every word is filled with grace, convincing witnesses to the splendour of God’s truth and the joy of the Gospel”, the Pontiff concluded. “Go forth without fear to every town and village in this country, to spread the good seed of God’s word, and trust in his promise that you will come back rejoicing, with sheaves full from the harvest. Omukama Abawe Omukisa! God bless you!”.

Yesterday evening in the nunciature of Kampala Pope Francis received the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir. The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., underlined that the audience represented a “special gesture” demonstrating the attention with which the Pope follows the troubled events in this country, the youngest in Africa (independent since July 2011), and whose founders included the Catholic bishop Cesare Mazzolari, who died shortly after its birth. South Sudan has not yet known peace, although the ideals that inspired its independence included peacemaking between ethnic groups and with Sudan.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

The Sad, Shocking Saga Of A Coach Gone Wrong!

Philadelphia Eagles fans are so disgusted with coach Chip Kelly that he seems headed out of town on the nearest -- well, maybe on the rusty old wrecking ball he seemed to come in on. He's made one helluva mess!

Pitiful: College Chancellor Pens Asinine PC Letter

From our wonderful friends at the always enlightening Save Jersey Blog comes a report on one of the most asinine directives from academia we've ever seen. This is a "must read."
By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Old Queens
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They’re at it again, Save Jerseyans.

Despite ongoing financial troubles, the far-left nut jobs who run Rutgers University are increasing budgets – and creating another chancellor (!) – to serve the gods of “diversity” and presumably save themselves the grief currently unfolding in Missouri, Princeton, and other kooky campus hot spots across the country.

This isn’t an isolated incident.

Chancellor Richard L. Edwards, who authored the e-mail below the fold obtained by Save Jersey earlier this week in which he announces 50% budget increases to combat privilege (what that budget increase works out to in real dollars wasn’t disclosed), is the same guy who celebrated the 250th anniversary of his university by blasting out another e-mail lamenting the mistreatment of Indians and slaves by long-dead Rutgers founders.

Go ahead and share this post with someone paying tuition:
Members of the Rutgers-New Brunswick Community,
As we prepare for the Thanksgiving break, I think it is important to take a moment to report upon and applaud the many conversations taking place here on campus that have been driven by students, faculty, and administration with the common goal of fostering a supportive and inclusive community at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
This dialogue has been shaped in many settings: official meetings with student groups, informal discussions between administration and the community, and teach-ins led by our passionate faculty. The vigorous discussions have spurred several initiatives which will ensure that Rutgers-New Brunswick maintains an inclusive environment where all are welcomed.
After conferring with student groups, Vice Chancellor of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Jorge Schement, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Felicia McGinty and Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Academic Affairs Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, I have authorized, effective immediately, several initiatives that reflect their collective counsel:
· Each of the cultural centers will receive a 50 percent increase in their operating budgets.
· An Inter-Faith Center will be established so that students of all faiths have a space to practice their religion and engage in prayer or meditation.
· The Bias Prevention and Education Committee, which now reports to Dr. McGinty, will be elevated to a Chancellor-level committee and will report to me to keep me apprised of the issues and concerns related to bias on campus.
· Institutional funding to the Student Access and Educational Equity subdivision within the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs will be doubled to create the RU-1st! Initiative. This initiative will increase programming and academic support for Rutgers-New Brunswick students who are the first in their families to attend college or are part of an underrepresented group. The immediate impact of this funding will be to create the Paul Robeson Leadership Institute and expand the James D. Carr Initiatives. These two programs will provide comprehensive academic support, programming that focuses on retention and mentoring, and distinguished lecture series aimed at opening community dialogue on issues of access and equity.
It is vital that we explore more deeply the sentiment of inclusion across our University and that we continue our conversations about race, bias and identity. To that end, I have also established the Task Force on Inclusion and Community Values to broaden the conversation and include the many voices at Rutgers-New Brunswick. The primary objectives of this group will be to:
· Listen to students to understand their views on the climate of inclusion and racial discourse at Rutgers University-New Brunswick
· Define core values that reflect the University’s commitment to creating a safe and inclusive community
· Recommend to me the tangible changes to reflect these aspirational, but achievable, core values
I believe tremendous good can come from a vibrant discourse on who we are and what we want Rutgers-New Brunswick to be. So when you return from your break, please come back invigorated, as I will, so that we may continue what we have just begun.
Have a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving.
Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D.
Chancellor, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Great Christmas Entertainment? Look No Further . . .

A Christmas Story: The Musical at Paper Mill Playhouse
Nov 25–Jan 3
Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ

Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: An Official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. A Christmas Story: The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. Straight from Broadway‚ this musical is based on the classic 1983 movie. It’s funny‚ heartfelt‚ and captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grown-ups alike. Bring the whole family‚ again and again. The holiday movie that the whole world loves comes to musical life.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Could THIS Song Be Sung Today? Could It?

"We Gather Together" is a beautiful song that expresses the spirit of Thanksgiving in a very special way.
It has been sung in America for generations. So many of us of a certain age sang it in public school when we were children. It was often heard in schools around this time of the year and was a part of Thanksgiving programs everywhere.
In fact, we sang it in school when I was a kid.
Ask yourself: Can it be sung in public school today? Would it be permitted?
Think about what we've lost, America.
Think about it this Thanksgiving Day.

20 Reasons To Be Thankful This Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, America!

Here are 20 reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving holiday:

1) This great nation of ours and all its people: One nation, under God with liberty and justice for all.

2) The spirit of giving, of helping out to reach others. Even in these tough times, American individuals, corporations and foundations contributed an estimated $290.89 billion in 2010, up f 3.8 percent from the previous year.

3, 4, 5, 6) The four bountiful freedoms that we enjoy: Freedom of speech; freedom of worship; freedom from want; freedom from fear. These are our cornerstones.

7) Family - the bulwark of our society and the foundation of social order.

8) Our armed services -- all who serve, everywhere and all over the world.

9) The heroic example of those who gave their lives in service to our nation as we remember them anew this Thanksgiving.

10) All of our first responders, at every level and in every town and city as well as those who gave their lives in such service.

11) Children -- our investment in the future, the joy of our lives and the wonder of life itself.

12) Native Americans - the true Americans who shared the first Thanksgiving with the settlers.

13) The land itself -- from sea to shining sea and beyond; purple mountains' majesty and amber waves of grain. And farmers, too!

14) Our pioneering spirit -- from the discovered frontiers at home to the space age above; we wander onward. always seeking, always discovering, always achieving.

15) Our Founders and the promise of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution that they bequeathed to us. May our stewardship be faithful to their original freedoms, responsibilities, laws, limitations and aspirations.

16) All the great elected leaders who have defined America from Washington to Jefferson to Jackson and Lincoln and Roosevelt (Franklin and Teddy) and Reagan.

17) The unelected leaders who nonetheless inspired us and opened new doors from Franklin to King and everyone in between.

18) All the inventors and scientists and all who charted a path to a better, safer world with longer, healthier lives for all.

19) Friends: Those who stand by us and encourage us and listen and laugh and love.

20) God, who has blessed us, watches over us and stands in final judgement of each one of us and all we do. God bless America!

Is Thanksgiving A Religious Holiday?

In recent years, people have pointed to Thanksgiving as a joyous holiday that all Americans can celebrate together, as one regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. And this is true. It is a holiday for all Americans.
But this fact does not necessarily make Thanksgiving a secular holiday -- far from it.
Indeed, Brian Burch of Catholic Vote has pointed out to us that Thanksgiving was explicitly created as religious in nature. Here's how he puts it:
Thanksgiving is much more than turkey, stuffing, and football (as good as those things are!).
Unlike other secular holidays like Labor Day or the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving is a national holiday that is explicitly religious in nature. As a nation of faith, we have set aside this day to thank our Lord for the many blessings He has bestowed.
In 1789, in his first year in office, President George Washington called for a day of Thanksgiving because “it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”
In 1815, President James Madison issued a proclamation for “a day of thanksgiving and of devout acknowledgments to Almighty God for His great goodness.”
After Madison, however, Thanksgiving reverted to a regional celebration in New England for 48 years.
So in 1863, magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale petitioned the Lincoln administration that a day of Thanksgiving "now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution."
Lincoln called on Americans that year to “fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore if, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.”This is something that's worth remembering this Thanksgiving weekend.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Black Friday - What You Need To Know . . .

Please, Remember Them This Thanksgiving!

Philly Pops Christmas Spectacular Begins 12/4!

The Philly POPS brings the holiday spirit to Philadelphia with 10 Christmas Spectacular shows, December 4-22, 2015.

Acclaimed conductor David Charles Abell leads the 65-piece POPS orchestra and three full choirs (for a total of 300 musicians on stage) in the Christmas Spectacular concerts. Joining the POPS on stage will be: guest vocalist (and Broadway veteran) Lisa Vroman, the Emmy-winning Philadelphia Boys Choir and Grammy-nominated African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir, the POPS Festival Chorus, and organist Peter Richard Conte through an all-new program featuring holiday favorites like Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Hallelujah.

“It’s a holiday experience you simply can’t have anywhere else,” says Abell (who lived in Philadelphia for seven years and attended Germantown Friends). “I always make sure that the program has something for everyone: grand symphonic arrangements of Christmas carols, popular holiday songs, and Christmas music done in swing style, Chanukah favorites, rousing Gospel numbers, and the ever-popular audience singalong.”

He continued: “The Kimmel Center is a warm, inviting place to hear concerts, but it also has a sense of grandeur.  Verizon Hall is dressed up beautifully in holiday finery, and the stage is completely filled with musicians. If you add to that Broadway star Lisa Vroman, Peter Richard Conte on the pipe organ, and a certain guy in a red suit, you’ve got a true Christmas Spectacular!”

Pre-concert entertainment – including Mr. and Mrs. Claus, carolers, local school ensembles – sets the merry scene in the Kimmel Center lobby before each show.
During the December 16 and 20 concerts, winning choirs from More FM’s Christmas Choir Competition perform on-stage. On December 9, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell will sing during the concert.

Schedule of events:
Friday, December 4th
Saturday, December 5th
3p.m. Concert

Sunday, December 6th
3p.m. Concert

Wednesday, December 9th
8p.m. Concert
Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell performs

Saturday, December 12th
Pre-show entertainment: String Theory School
3p.m. Concert
Wednesday, December 16th
8p.m. Concert
More FM Christmas Choir Competition winning school choir performs

Friday, December 18th
3p.m. Concert

Saturday, December 19th
Pre-show entertainment: Andrew Jackson Rock Band “Home”
3p.m. Concert

Sunday, December 20th
7p.m. Concert

Tuesday, December 22nd
8p.m. Concert
More FM Christmas Choir Competition winning school choir performs


About David Charles Abell
Conductor David Charles Abell, who attended Germantown Friends School, made his Philly POPS debut in 2013 and is thrilled to have re-established a warm connection with Philadelphia.
David is most widely known for the two Les Misérables Anniversary Concerts (10th and 25th), both of which have become PBS fund-raising perennials. Now living in London, he regularly appears on radio and television in the UK, most notably at the BBC Proms, London’s annual music festival at the Royal Albert Hall. These appearances have included the Richard Rodgers Centenary celebration (2002), a world premiere opera (2007), Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday (2010) and the War Horse Prom (2014).
David attended Yale University and studied at Conservatoire Américain in France and the Juilliard School. He made his professional conducting debut in Berlin with Bernstein’s Mass.

About Lisa Vroman
From Broadway to classics, on stage and in concert, guest artist Lisa Vroman has established herself as one of America's most versatile voices. She starred on Broadway, Los Angeles and San Francisco as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. Lisa is a frequent guest with symphonies including San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Utah, St. Louis, Houston, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Cleveland, National, Cleveland, the BBC Concert Orchestra, as well as the Philly, Boston, Cincinnati, and New York Pops.
Her Broadway debut was in Aspects of Love and she was the first to play both Fantine and Cosette in Les Misérables.  She is a graduate of the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam (BM, Hon. Dr. of Music) and Carnegie-Mellon University (MFA), and is a George London Competition winner.

About The Philly POPS 
The Philly POPS, the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States, delights audiences with the inspired performance of American popular music. Now in its 37th season, the POPS celebrates this distinctive musical heritage through an expanding repertoire of innovative concert presentations and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives.

The holidays are truly the most wonderful time of the year for the POPS. We get in the holiday spirit in November and December with our Festival Brass playing carols at tree lightings around the Philadelphia region. Our annual I’ll Be Home for Christmas Spectacular concert kicks off the season with a free concert for military, police and fire department families. The nine concerts that follow bring more than 20,000 people to the Kimmel Center to enjoy our popular Christmas Spectacular Series.