“Likely, though, it was guest artist Justin Moniz who most visibly wowed the near-capacity audience in Tilson Auditorium. Only 29, Moniz already inhabits the musical worlds of opera, Broadway, cabaret and choral. Using a hand-held microphone, the young tenor glided through Handel, ‘The Christmas Song’ and two Hanukkah numbers – sung in Hebrew with a little Tevye-like dance step. He then turned ‘Angels We Have Heard On High’ into the sort of showpiece that wins the finals of “The Voice,” hitting a high D-sharp that is well into soprano territory.
And there was more to come in the second half of the concert. Moniz helped the audience through the annual THSO holiday sing-along, performed a lovely ‘White Christmas,’ a dramatic ‘Bring Him Home’ from ‘Les Miserables’ (his pianissimo last notes were heartbreaking), then pulled out all the stops for the evening’s final work, “O Holy Night.”
In the closing phrase, ‘O night divine’ Moniz pinned nothing less than an F over high C. (Can Mozart’s ‘Queen Of The Night’ aria be far behind?).”
— Stephanie Salter, Tribune Star