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Capture spirit of season with holiday music from tenor Nathan Pacheco

Written by witf | Nov 27, 2012 6:37 AM

This Christmas, Disney Pearl recording artist Nathan Pacheco gives the gift of music in a new PBS special. The renowned singer captures the spirit of the season by delivering inspirational, moving performances of holiday favorites including “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “White Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” and an unforgettable rendition of the ultimate Christmas song, “O Holy Night.” Pacheco presents some of his favorite new and classic songs in CHRISTMAS WITH NATHAN PACHECO, part of special programming premiering on witf on December 4 at 9:30 p.m., December 5 at 2:30 a.m., and December 8 at 3:30 p.m.

Performances in this program include:

  • “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
  • “Hallejulah”
  • “Don’t Cry”
  • “O Come Emanuel” • “Danny Boy”
  • “Avatar”
  • “White Christmas”
  • “Silver Bells”
  • “Infinito Amore” • “Caruso”
  • “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
  • “Tears From Heaven”
  • “Now We are Free”
  • “Perdona”
  • “O Holy Night”

Having mastered the technique of singing long ago, Nathan could go toe-to-toe with the finest operatic tenors. But for him, technique is, well, just a technicality, a tool for conveying emotion. In everything he sings – from Puccini to Leonard Cohen – feeling is all that counts. After making waves with the Voices project in 2009, this rising vocal superstar took the spotlight with his self-titled debut Disney Pearl album, released in September 2012.

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A Washington, DC, native, Nathan grew up near the nation’s capital and developed a love for music as a child. His mother, a piano teacher, started Nathan early on with piano and violin lessons. Though basketball was his focus for a while, by high school he was a serious student of voice.

In addition to classical music, there were other artists he loved: The Three Tenors, Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban, each a pioneer in pop-classical fusion. During his vocal studies at BYU, he contemplated a similar path. After a mission to Brazil (the ancestral home of his grandfather) and a study-abroad program in Italy, Nathan rolled the dice and met with producer Ric Wake, who sought talented singers for Yanni’s Voices project. Once Yanni discovered Nathan’s voice and songwriting skills, they signed him up. He and three other singers wrote, recorded and ultimately performed 80 concerts across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Last Christmas, Disney Pearl released the single “O Holy Night,” a duet with Welsh multi-platinum mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins. Nathan then joined her on a sold-out 25-city U.K. tour with the London Symphony Orchestra. In December 2011, he performed his first headlining concert dates at L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse, where he premiered songs from the new album in a special program in tribute to mentor Gil Cates.

In November 2012, Nathan embarks on his first headlining tour. Now living in Nashville, he hopes fans enjoy listening to his music “as much as I love singing, because,” as he says, “I don’t think I’m going to be able to stop any time soon.”

During the show, we'll be offering special Nathan Pacheco themed thank you gifts for your donation to witf. For your donation of $65, you'll recieve the Christmas with Nathan Pacheco CD and the Nathan Pacheco CD. For your donation of $85, you'll receive the Christmas with Nathan Pacheco DVD. For your donation of $150, you'll receive the two CDs and the DVD.

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