Princeton Symphony Orchestra Presents Broadway POPS! Concert – “The Garland Magic”
Celebrate the beloved icon Judy Garland, when the Princeton Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Broadway POPS! concert at Richardson Auditorium in downtown Princeton, on February 9, 2013, at 8 pm. This year's show, The Garland Magic, presents soprano Karen Mason in a passionate and brilliant recreation of Judy Garland's legendary Carnegie Hall concert-often referred to as "the greatest night in show business history." Michael Berkowitz leads the PSO in Judy's rich orchestrations of musical gems like Get Happy, Puttin' on the Ritz, Come Rain or Come Shine, Over the Rainbow, and more.
Karen Mason, a singer of "fierce emotion" who "creates a mood of wild expectation"(The New York Times) has starred on Broadway and off-Broadway; headlined shows at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center; and released highly acclaimed recordings. Ms. Mason most recently garnered rave reviews starring as "The Queen of Hearts" in Wonderlandon Broadway. She is widely praised for her powerful voice "that lifts the room to some new astral plane" (The Village Voice).
Michael Berkowitz is currently the principal pops conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony in California. Previously, he served as music director and conductor for Liza Minnelli, and as music director for Marvin Hamlisch, appearing with him at the White House, the Academy Awards, and concert halls across the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Berkowitz is a celebrated and sought-after Broadway conductor, having collaborated with theatre legends such as Harold Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, and Michael Bennett, among others.
To make this a full night on the town, the PSO is collaborating with Triumph Brewing Company in Princeton to offer waived cover charge and one free drink at Triumph for all ticketholders following this spectacular Broadway POPS! performance-concertgoers should save their ticket stub to take advantage of this great deal.
Broadway POPS! The Garland Magic is sponsored byNina Wainwright, Debora and John Haines, Alyson and William Landers, Edward E. Matthews, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Paneyko, Mr. and Mrs. Elwood W. Phares, Judith McCartin Scheide, and Mr. and Mrs. John Steffens.
For tickets, please call the PSO at (609) 497-0020 or buy online at www.princetonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Richardson Auditorium box office and at www.princeton.edu/utickets. Prices range from $25-$68; all student tickets are $25 with valid ID. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
Richardson Auditorium is wheelchair accessible and large-print programs are available.
Whether performing classical masterworks, introducing music by modern-day masters, or hosting students at their first live symphony performance, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is a cultural centerpiece of the Princeton community and one of New Jersey's finest music organizations. Led by Music Director Rossen Milanov and guided by an extraordinary Board of Trustees, the PSO offers orchestral, pops, and chamber music programs of the highest quality, as well as lectures and other events to complement these concerts. Through PSO BRAVO!, the orchestra produces wide-reaching and innovative education programs, carried out in partnerships with local schools and arts organizations. With funding for excellence from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PSO is also a multiple-year recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts' highest honors-a Citation of Excellence and designation as a Major Arts Institution-and in June 2011, the PSO received an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. The only professional orchestra to make its home in Princeton, the PSO performs at historic Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University.