Guest Conductor Jack Everly Leads Utah Symphony in MUSIC OF THE BABY BOOMERS This Weekend
Guest conductor Jack Everly joins the Utah Symphony this weekend, May 2-3 for a trip down memory lane at Abravanel Hall. This special concert, celebrating the Baby Boom generation, highlights songs and television shows from the 1960s. The program features music by the Beach Boys, Frankie Valli, and the Beatles, and guest vocalists Roy Chicas, Jim Hogan, Marissa McGowan, N'Kenge, Kristine Reese and Max Quinlan.
The concert is co-produced along with Symphonic Pops Consortium, a group of symphonies dedicated to creating and producing high quality, innovative, symphonic Pops concerts by uniting a group of symphony orchestras and combining their resources.
The concert will also be presented at Browning Fine Arts Center (1901 University Circle, Ogden, Utah) at Weber State University in Ogden on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 PM.
In partnership with the Utah Alzheimer's Association chapter and in recognition of May's Alzheimer's awareness month, Utah Symphony will host a special event prior to the May 3 concert to honor families and loved ones affected by the disease.. Dr. Heather Snyder, Director of Medical and Scientific Relations at the Alzheimer's Association, will speak and present for 30 minutes. Jill Crowell, an Alzheimer's care recipient, will share her experience about living with Alzheimer's.
Single tickets for the performance start at $18 and can be purchased by phone at (801) 355-2787, in person at the Abravanel Hall ticket office (125 W. South Temple) or online by visiting www.utahsymphony.org. Season subscribers can purchase discounted tickets by contacting (801) 533-6683. Those desiring group discounts should call (801) 869-9046. All ticket prices are subject to change and availability, and will increase $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.
Jack Everly, conductor - Jack Everly is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa). He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and appears regularly with The Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. In the 2013-14 Season he will debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra at The Mann Center. This year Maestro Everly will conduct over 90 performances in more than 20 North American cities.
Mr. Everly is the also Music Director of Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration, now a 27-year tradition. He led the ISO in its first Pops recording, "Yuletide Celebration, Volume One", that included three of his own orchestrations. Some of his other recordings include "In The Presence" featuring the Czech Philharmonic and Daniel Rodriguez, "Sandi Patty's Broadway Stories", the soundtrack to Disney's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", and "Everything's Coming Up Roses: The Complete Overtures Of Jule Styne".
Originally appointed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mr. Everly was conductor of the American Ballet Theatre for 14 years, where he served as Music Director. In addition to his ABT tenure, he teamed with Marvin Hamlisch on Broadway shows that Mr. Hamlisch scored. He conducted Carol Channing hundreds of times in "Hello, Dolly!" in two separate Broadway productions.
In 1998, Jack Everly created the Symphonic Pops Consortium, serving as Music Director. The Consortium, based in Indianapolis, produces new theatrical pops programs, including this season's On Broadway with Kander & Ebb. In the past 12 years, more than 250 performances of SPC programs have taken place across the U.S. and Canada.
Maestro Everly, a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, holds an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Franklin College in his home state of Indiana. He is a proud resident of the Indianapolis community for over 12 years and when not on the podium you can find Maestro Everly at home with his family which includes Max the wonder dog.
Roy Chicas - Roy Chicas has appeared as a soloist with the Indianapolis, Baltimore, Detroit, Nashville, Phoenix, Long Beach and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras. He played Doody in the National and European tours of "Grease" and starred as Judas in the European tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar". Roy's Off-Broadway credits include "Hello Again" (Lincoln Center Theatre), "Bring in the Morning" (Variety Arts) and "Forever Plaid". Most recently, he appeared in "The Superhero Suites" as part of The Puzzle's 2013 Festival of New Works in New York City. His recordings include "The Radio City Christmas Spectacular", "A Broadway Christmas" and Michael Feinstein's "Only One Life". Roy is a native New Yorker and an alumnus of The Hartt School of Music and The Boston Conservatory.
Jim Hogan - Jim Hogan is thrilled to be performing with the Utah Symphony. He comes to Utah directly from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, where he most recently performed in Yuletide Celebration, hosted by Sandi Patty. He has appeared in the National tour of "Spring Awakening". Regional theater productions include "A Little Night Music" (Arden Theatre Company); "Grand Hotel"; "Kiss Me, Kate"; "Sweeney Todd" (Penn State Centre Stage) and "Spring Awakening" (Mazeppa Productions). He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at Penn State University.
Marissa McGowan - Marissa McGowan had the honor to be chosen by Mr. Marvin Hamlisch to star as Stella Purdy in the world premiere of his last musical "The Nutty Professor" (directed by Jerry Lewis), for which she won the "best leading actress" award in Nashville. Marissa has appeared on Broadway in the revival of "A Little Night Music" alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury (Original Cast Recording), "Bonnie And Clyde" (Original Cast Recording) and "LES MISERABLES" (Revival and National Tour) where she performed both the roles of Éponine and Cosette. Favorite regional roles include Magnolia in "Show Boat", Maria in "The Sound of Music", Guinevere in "Camelot", Mary Jane in "Big River", Bianca in "Kiss Me Kate", Philia in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and Johanna in "Sweeney Todd". Her television credits include "Major Crimes" (TNT). Concert work includes Lincoln Center (tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, directed by Mike Nichols), guest soloist with Annapolis Chorale, Alpine Theatre Project, and the American Cancer Society Gala at the Hudson Theater in NYC, and guest principal soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, alongside Maestro Jack Everly. Marissa received a BFA in musical theater from Syracuse University.