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.
N'Kenge - Direct from Broadway's smash hit "Motown: The Musical", the "New York Post" calls N'Kenge "electrifying" in the role of Mary Wells, and she has been praised by critics for her show-stopping performances. She made her Broadway debut in "Sondheim on Sondheim", performing alongside Vanessa Williams and Barbara Cook, has starred in Michael Jackson's World Tour and has sung leading roles in opera productions in Italy, Israel and Austria. This season, she takes a weekend break from Broadway to perform the role of Sieglinde in Wagner's "Die Walküre" in California. A native New Yorker, N'Kenge graduated from The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. "The New York Times" called her a "more classically oriented Lena Horne" when she made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops Orchestra. She has performed alongside such jazz greats as Wynton Marsalis and Ornette Coleman at Lincoln Center and had the honor to perform at the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball hosted by President Barack Obama.
Kristine Reese - Kristine Reese is best known for playing over 1,000 performances as Nessarose in the first and second National tours of the hit musical "Wicked". She made her Broadway debut in the 2007 revival of "LES MISERABLES" and also appeared in the National tour of "Mamma Mia!", understudying the role of Sophie Sheridan. Other notable credits include "Grease" (Frenchy; St. Louis Muny), "Annie" (Star-to-be; Atlanta's TOTS), "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" (Rosa Bud), "Brigadoon" (Fiona), "Footloose" (Ariel), "Hello, Dolly!" starring Michele Lee (Kansas City Starlight Tour) and the role of Emily in "Save the Date", winner of the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival's Best Overall Musical. Kristine has also appeared as a concert soloist with more than a dozen orchestras internationally, including the Cincinnati Pops, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a proud member of Actors Equity.
Max Quinlan - Max Quinlan recently starred as Marius in the 25th anniversary National tour of "LES MISERABLES" for the past two years, for which he won a San Francisco BroadwayWorld Award. This coming year, he will make his Broadway debut in the highly anticipated revival of "LES MISERABLES". His regional theatrical credits include his Jeff Award-winning performance as Fabrizio in "The Light in the Piazza" at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago and his BroadwayWorld Award-winning portrayal of the title character in "Jesus Christ Superstar" at Theatre at the Center in Indiana. He has been seen Off-Broadway with the York Theatre Company, Maine State Music Theatre, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, The Muny in St. Louis and the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook, Illinois. Max has also appeared as soloist with the Indianapolis, Chicago, Omaha, Florida and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras and has had the honor to work with Maestros Jack Everly, Paul Gemignani, James Levine, Michael Krajewski and the late Erich Kunzel. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and has been a member of the Actors' Equity Association since 1998.
Co-produced along with Symphonic Pops Consortium - The Symphonic Pops Consortium mission is to conceive, create and produce high quality, innovative, symphonic Pops concerts by uniting a group of symphony orchestras and combining their resources. The Symphonic Pops Consortium is comprised of the Indianapolis (managing partner), Detroit, Milwaukee, National, and Seattle Symphony Orchestras.
The Utah Symphony presents
The Beat Goes On! Music of the Baby Boomers
Val A. Browning Center, Weber State University, 1901 University Circle, Ogden, Utah
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:30 PM
Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah
Friday, May 2, 2014, 8 PM / Saturday May 3, 2014, 8 PM
Music Director: Jack Everly
Producer: Ty A. Johnson
Stage Direction/Special Material: David Levy
Additional Orchestration: Fred Barton
Lighting Design/Stage Management: Brandy Rodgers
Starring: Roy Chicas
Arr. Everly Baby Boomer Prelude
Sonny Bono "The Beat Goes On"
Arr. Baker Stop! In the Name of Music
Arr. Barker The Wonderful World of Television
Burt Bacharach Back to Bacharach
Francis Lai Theme from "Love Story"
Arr. Barker Valli & The Dolls
Arr. Barton Symphonic Sounds of the Sixties
Arr. Barker Hits of the Tie-Dyed Decade
Maurice Jarre "Laura's Theme" from "Dr. Zhivago"
Arr. Bill Holcombe
Lennon & McCartney The Beatles Medley
About the Utah Symphony: Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony is dedicated to providing Utah residents and visitors with great performances which engage, educate and enrich lives. Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, the orchestra's parent organization, reaches 450,000 residents in Utah and the Intermountain region, with educational outreach programs serving more than 155,000 students annually. The orchestra presents more than 70 performances each season in Abravanel Hall, participates in the Utah Opera's four annual productions at the Capitol Theatre, in addition to numerous community concerts throughout Utah and the annual outdoor summer series - the Deer Valley Music Festival -in Park City, Utah. With its many subscription, education, and outreach concerts and tours the Utah Symphony is one of the most engaged full-time orchestras in the nation. For more information visit www.utahsymphony.org.