The Collegiate Chorale Presents SONG OF NORWAY, Featuring Jason Danieley, Santino Fontana and More, 4/30

The Collegiate Chorale announces Song of Norway by Robert Wright and George Forrest on April 30, 2013 at 6:30pm at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, NYC. Tickets are on sale at www.carnegiehall.org. Single tickets for this concert start at $25.

Song of Norway is an operetta/musical by Robert Wright and George Forrest, creators of Kismet. Set in 1860, it tells the story of composer Edvard Grieg as a young man, dreaming of international fame and fortune, but after achieving it under the patronage of a famous Italian prima donna, he comes to realize where his heart and true creativity lie, and returns to his two loves: childhood sweetheart Nina and his home in Troldhaugen, Norway. Ted Sperling conducts and directs a showcase of Broadway talent and the beautiful music of Grieg in this rare offering, followed by The Chorale's Spring Benefit and Live Auction.

One of today's leading theater artists, Ted Sperling is an award-winning director, music director, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, singer, pianist and violinist. He won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director. Other Broadway credits as music director/conductor/pianist include the Tony Award-winning revival of South Pacific, the recent revival of Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels in America, My Favorite Year, Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, LES MISERABLES, Roza, and Sunday in the Park with George. Mr. Sperling was also an original cast member of the Broadway musical Titanic. Off- Broadway credits as music director include A Man of No Importance, Wise Guys, A New Brain, Saturn Returns, Floyd Collins, Falsettoland, and Romance in Hard Times.

Jason Danieley has performed on Broadway in Next to Normal, as Aaron Fox in the Kander & Ebb musical Curtains (Outer Critic Circles nomination) and Malcolm in The Full Monty on Broadway and the West End. He was recently seen on PBS' Live from Lincoln Center program honoring Kander & Ebb. He made his Broadway debut as Candide, directed by theatre legend Hal Prince (Theatre World Award, Drama Desk nomination), and is a frequent guest of NY's highly acclaimed City Center Encores! series, with leading roles in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (dir. Gary Griffin) and Strike Up the Band.

Alexandra Silber recently portrayed Jenny Cavilerri in the North American Premiere of Love Story the Musical at The Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, followed by a highly-acclaimed performance of Arlington - a new one woman musical part of the Inner Voices series. Broadway credits include Master Class opposite Tyne Daly (and Kennedy Center). Off-Broadway: Love, Loss ...; Hello Again (Drama League Nomination). West End: Carousel (Julie Jordan - TMA Award - Best Actress), The Woman in White (Laura Fairlie), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel). Film/TV: 1408, all three Law & Orders.

Santino Fontana has appeared on Broadway in The Importance of Being Earnest, Billy Elliot, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Sunday in the Park with George and co-stars with Laura Osnes in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. In 2011, he received acclaim for his starring role in the off-Broadway play Sons of the Prophet. He can currently be seen on Broadway as the prince in Cinderella.

Walter Charles made his Broadway debut in Grease in 1972. Additional credits include 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Sweeney Todd, Cats, La Cage aux Folles, Me and My Girl, Aspects of Love, Kiss Me, Kate, The Boys from Syracuse, Big River, The Woman in White, and The Apple Tree. His screen credits include A Fine Mess, Fletch Lives, Weeds, and Prancer. On television he has appeared in Cagney and Lacey, Kate and Allie, Law & Order, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Marni Nixon has appeared on Broadway in Follies, Opal, Taking My Turn and James Joyce's The Dead. She provided the singing voice of Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn in the films and soundtracks of The King and I, An Affair to Remember, West Side Story and My Fair Lady. Her awards include four Emmys for Best Actress on her children's TV show Boomerang and two Classical Grammy nominations. Recipient of the George Peabody Award 2012 for "Outstanding Contributions to American Music".

David Garrison, best known as Steve Rhoades on television's Married With Children, has been seen on Broadway as Serge B. Samovar in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in Ukraine, for which he received a Tony Award nomination and a Drama-Logue Award, J. Bruce Ismay in the Tony-winning Titanic, the Wizard of Oz in Wicked, and Sandor in the Faith Prince revival of Bells Are Ringing. He won a Helen Hayes Award for his work as Charlie in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along at Arena Stage, and played Nathan Detroit and the Wizard of Oz, respectively, in the first national tours of Guys and Dolls and Wicked.

Judy Kaye made her Broadway debut in Grease as Betty Rizzo. A Tony winner for originating the role of Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera, Kaye received a Tony nomination for Mamma Mia!. Other Broadway credits include On the Twentieth Century, The Moony Shapiro Songbook, Oh, Brother!, Ragtime, the 2005 revival of Sweeney Todd and the 2012 Gershwin musical Nice Work if You Can Get It.

Tom Gold is a former soloist with the New York City Ballet and International guest artist and choreographer. He has formed his own group, tomgolddance, which travels throughout the US, The Middle East , Bermuda and Europe. Tom has choreographed in a wide range of styles and to many different forms of music from very classical to modern-contemporary, working with some of today most well know composers such as John Zorn, Augusta Read Thomas and Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini.

The Collegiate Chorale's 2012/2013 season continues with:

Il Prigioniero by Luigi Dallapiccola
The Collegiate Chorale will perform Il Prigioniero by Luigi Dallapiccola with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert in Avery Fisher Hall on June 6, 8 and 11, 2013.

Verbier Festival
The Collegiate Chorale will perform the following concerts at the Verbier Festival in July 2013.
July 19: Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, conducted by Charles Dutoit
July 22: Beethoven, Choral Fantasy, conducted by Charles Dutoit
July 23: Schubert, E-flat Mass, conducted by Christian Zacharias
July 25: Selections from Otello, conducted by Valery Gergiev
July 29: Mahler, Symphony No. 3, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen

The mission of The Collegiate Chorale, led by Music Director James Bagwell, is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble. Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as for commissions and premieres of new works by today's most exciting creative artists. The many guest artists with whom The Chorale has performed in recent years include: Stephanie Blythe, Victoria Clark, Nathan Gunn, Thomas Hampson, Angela Meade, Kelli O'Hara, Eric Owens, Rene Papé, Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt. Last season's highlights included the critically acclaimed concert presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado at Carnegie Hall. In addition to The Chorale's presentations, the chorus performed in five programs during the American Symphony Orchestra's 2011-12 season, sang with the Israel Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival and in Israel in July 2012, and will return to Verbier in the summer of 2013.

For more information, visit www.collegiatechorale.org.


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