Local musician sings with the Philly Pops
Tom Baust may be the biggest Santa ever
Local musician,Tom Baust of Holland was a solo-singing Santa with the Philly Pops’ 125-voice festival choir of 2013, under the direction of guest conductor David Charles Abell.
A regular member of the Voices of the Pops, Baust, standing at 6 feet 4 inches, may have been the tallest Santa imposter ever. With is rich baritone voice, he soloed “Here Comes Santa Claus,” participated in some patter with the conductor, and concluded with “Have A Holly Jolly Christmas,” entertaining thousands of people who flocked to the Kimmel Center for the Christmas music.
Baust is a full-time professional singer, pianist, piano and voice teacher, and entertainer who also provides piano accompaniment for students at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and teaches students locally.
His piano fingers are in many theatrical pies. Baust recently was accompanist and singer for the Town & Country musicale, “This Thing Called Love,” and was one of the guest performers in the October play “The Dining Room” at the Buckingham theater.
With a secondary interest in history and horticulture, Baust annually hosts a free-to-the-public afternoon open house the first Saturday of every June with tours of his historic farmhouse at 115 Holland Road, where, in his effort to support the arts, he features musical performances by his many musician friends, surrounded by beautiful gardens.
More information is on his web site: TomBaust.com.
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