N'Kenge to Return for Classic FM Show with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra This Weekend
Hailed by the New York Times as "a classically trained diva that can stretch from Broadway, Pop, Soul to Opera," this Symphony Siren and Broadway Diva N'Kenge (Motown: The Musical and Sondheim and Sondheim) will grace the stage in Classic FM's Four Decades of Radio Hits show with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor, Jack Everly for four nights; Thursday - Sunday, October 8 -11, 2015.
A friend of the city - Baltimore is on N'Kenge's list of favorite cities. She has family in the area (Columbia, MD) and has always enjoyed time at the Harbor and the great eats. N'Kenge is currently on the Board of Directors for the non-for-profit organization Coalition for African Americans in Performing Arts (CAAPA) that supports young African American students with an interest in classical music in Maryland. The organization provides master classes in voice and instrumental music, yearly scholarship money, educational seminars and more. She has performed several times in the Capital area like at the Arena Stage for 3 Mo' Divas, where she received the Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical. N'Kenge has been a soloist at the Kennedy Center for the Children's Defense Fund; performed a recital at the Library of Congress, which was broadcast worldwide through NPR and had the honor to sing for President Obama at the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball that was televised worldwide.
Join N'Kenge with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as they bring back memories of solid gold classics from the time when FM ruled the airwaves. There will be four decades worth of blockbuster songs from groups like Chicago; Abba; Leonard Cohen and many more.
See why Variety raves about N'Kenge's "show-stopping performances" as she is joined on stage by powerhouse singers Jim Hogan, Ron Remke, Josh Turner and Melissa Schott. You won't be able to sit down when N'Kenge sings top 40 favorites such as "I Will Survive", "Let it Be" along with "Let it Go" from Disney's Frozen.
Check out N'Kenge's performance of Adele's Radio hit Skyfall at NYC's Landmark Jazz Club Birdland below!
The NY Post called N'Kenge "Electrifying" in the role of Mary Wells that she originated in Broadway's Smash Hit Motown: The Musical. N'Kenge made her Broadway debut in Sondheim on Sondheim alongside Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis and Tom Wopat which was directed by Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine. In London, N'Kenge made her West End debut starring in The Genius of Ray Charles. N'Kenge starred in the Michael Jackson Tribute Show World Tour and has also been seen as a soloist at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra to name a few.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is an American symphony orchestra that performs over 130 concerts a year. They are based in Baltimore, MD and since 2007, the Baltimore SO has had Marin Alsop as their Music Director, the first female conductor in the post. After a successful run of sold out concerts with the Symphony in their Yuletide among many others, N'Kenge is excited to return to Baltimore SO in The Four Decades of Radio Hits. It will be an experience unlike any other!
You can learn more about N'Kenge at www.nkengemusic.com. For more information on the show, visit www.bsomusic.org/calendar/events/2015-2016-events/classic-fm-five-decades-of-radio-hits.aspx.