Thousands of people have already watched the Rob Mathes Holiday Concert, available for just two weeks this year on YouTube. If you haven’t watched it yet, there are still a few days left to see the concert online before it is gone forever on January 5th.
“Last year, in the midst of the pandemic, myself and a few of my group hosted an hour-long unplugged vacation show. I wanted to make it a free YouTube offer as a token of goodwill to all of our supporters during the difficult time we are all going through due to the pandemic, “said Rob Mathes.” I asked for favors and a small group of musicians and cameramen came and helped us put on a humble show . My daughters and my nephew sang back-up. Surprisingly, thousands of people across the world have watched it, and judging by my overloaded email inbox and social media posts, many of them loved it. Our usual home at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College is still not open for performances this year due to COVID. For this reason, I filmed the concert again. But this year we’ve performed him in all of his costumes, including the entire band and choir, all eager to perform and sing again. This included my entire choir, a six-piece brass section, a five-piece band and our singers D-Train Williams and Vaneese Thomas were all former Trinity Church pastor Ian Cron, who traveled from Nashville to do a read and sing along with me. It turned out to be a great show! And the benefit of putting the gig on YouTube is that more can watch it from anywhere in the world rld! ”
The concert is available for free on Rob Mathes’ YouTube channel @RobMathesMusic until January 5, 2022.
While no audience was present during the recording of the concert, Mathes was determined to put on a great rock show. His annual concerts have been featured in holiday specials that air on PBS. Each year, her sold-out shows feature her star group and “Saints and Friends” choir. Rob’s star musicians include instrumentalists from The Late Show with David Letterman and bands like the Rolling Stones, as well as Will Lee (bass), Billy Masters (guitar), Shawn Pelton (percussion), Rick Knutsen (keyboards), Jeff Kievit (first trumpet), Don Harris (second trumpet), Andy Snitzer (tenor sax), Aaron Heick (alto sax), Mike Davis (trombone) and Jeff Nelson (bass trombone). R&B singers and singers James “D Train” Williams and Vaneese Thomas are also concert fixtures. The concerts are a combination of rock, jazz and blues, including original tunes and holiday classics that put audiences in the spirit of the season.
This year’s concert supports the nonprofit Food Rescue US – Fairfield County, which uses its proprietary online technology and app as a platform for volunteer food rescuers to directly transfer surplus food from local businesses to social service agencies that feed food insecure people. Food Rescue US – Fairfield County has provided over 26 million meals to food insecure people in our community while keeping over 35 million pounds of excess food out of landfills. With nearly 2,000 volunteers here in Fairfield County, Food Rescue US – Fairfield County saves food from over 100 local donors, including favorite restaurants, grocery stores and even schools and businesses, which is then delivered to over 130 social service agencies across Fairfield County. Food insecurity exists here in Fairfield County, with 12.3% of Fairfield County residents this year and 15.5 percent of children in our area are food insecure and benefit from Food’s program and services. Rescue US – Fairfield County. Throughout the concert, Rob encourages donations to Food Rescue US – Fairfield County to support their great work. Additionally, anyone who donates to Food Rescue US – Fairfield County while this year’s concert airs through January 5, will receive a link to last year’s Rob Mathes Holiday Concert, so they can watch both this holiday season.
“I am so delighted that Food Rescue US – Fairfield County is the beneficiary of our holiday concert this year,” said Rob Mathes. “Every year we dedicate the concert to a nonprofit organization. I hear more and more about food insecurity right here in our own community and wanted to do something about it. Partner with Food Rescue US – Fairfield County is a way for everyone to get involved and help out. And the fact that their work helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep food out of landfills and is good for the environment. , was an important factor for me to want to support the organization. ”
Rob Mathes has had a busy year working with many musicians and writing orchestrations, conducting performances and producing backstage albums. His annual holiday concert is the one time of the year Rob takes center stage and performs with the band and choir he loves, bringing holiday cheer to his many fans across the world. In 2021, Rob led the orchestrations of new artist Scarypoolparty’s debut album The Act of Forgiveness on Hollywood Records, organizing and conducting the orchestra for Weezer’s new album OK Human, conducting a live performance of Weezer’s record with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA in early 2021, orchestrating songs from Lin Manuel Miranda’s movie In The Heights, and also orchestrating Lin Tick’s upcoming debut film Tick, Boom, written by Rent songwriter Jonathan Larson. Rob also worked closely with Hamilton music producer Alex Lacamoire on both projects. He also worked on a new album to be released in 2022 by artist Pete Muller. Additionally, Mathes has written several arrangements for Tony Award winner Leslie Odom and orchestrated several songs for singer-songwriter Patti Scialfa’s upcoming album. In September 2020, Rob musically led the first in-person show performed at the Kennedy Center with soprano Renée Fleming and singer Vanessa Williams since the start of the pandemic.
To learn more about Rob Mathes and the Rob Mathes Holiday Concert, visit robmathes.com, Facebook and Twitter @RobMathesMusic and Instagram @ robmathes.music and youtube.com/user/RobMathesMusic.