Indianapolis Symphony Performs Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg Music

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly will open the 2011-2012 Printing Partners Pops Series season with the world premiere of a new symphonic concert stage production titled Do You Hear The People Sing - The Dream Concert! featuring music from renowned Broadway lyricist Alain Boublil and Broadway composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, the creators of the hit musicals Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, in concerts Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, at the Hilbert Circle Theatre and Sunday, October 9, at The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts in Carmel, Ind.

Created by Boublil and Schönberg in conjunction with the ISO, this new pops production will feature eight songs from Les Misérables, including popular tunes such as "Bring Him Home," "One Day More," and "Master of the House," plus nine songs from Miss Saigon such as "Bui Doi," "The Heat is On in Saigon," and "The American Dream," to name a few. Other highlights will include songs from the Boublil and Schönberg musicals Martin Guerre, The Pirate Queen, and a rendition of "Au Petit Matin" from their first production, La Revolution Francaise, that will feature Maestro Everly on the piano, plus other medleys and elements created especially for this concert stage production.

Do You Hear the People Sing? The Dream Concert! will star Stephanie J. Block, who earned a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress in 9 to 5: The Musical and who originated the role of Elphaba in the early workshops of Wicked; Lea Salonga, the International Broadway star best known for originating the lead role of Kim in Miss Saigon in 1989 for which she won multiple awards including a Tony and a Drama Desk; Terrence Mann, a 30-year veteran of starring on the Broadway stage who created Rum Tug Tugger in the American production of Cats and who earned Tony nominations for his roles as Inspector Javert in Les Misérables and the Beast in Disney's Beauty and the Beast; Peter Lockyer, who has appeared in numerous national and international productions of Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, 42nd Street and La Boheme on Broadway; and Marie Zamora, who originated the role of Cosette in the original French production of Les Misérables as well as French productions of Kiss Me, Kate and Barnum. The Indianapolis Symphony and cast members will also be joined on stage by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in the 2011-2012 season.

Ticket for the Hilbert Circle Theatre concert Friday 11 a.m. are priced from $26-$48 each, with Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. concert prices from $20-$76. Tickets to the Sunday 7:30 p.m. concert at The Palladium range from $30-$85 for adults with $20 student tickets available. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday shows may be ordered by calling the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office at (317) 639-4300, or online at www.IndianapolisSymphony.org. To purchase Sunday evening tickets, call the Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at (317) 843-3800, or order on line at www.TheCenterForThePerformingArts.com

Printing Partners is the Title Sponsor for the entire 2010-2011 Printing Partners Pops Series season and Barnes & Thornburg, LLP is the Premiere Sponsor for the Pops Series.

Artist Biographies

Jack Everly has served as Principal Pops Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra since 2002 and also serves in similar posts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and Music Director of the National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth on PBS, which has a viewership of millions and a live audience of more than half a million on the lawn of our nation's Capitol. This season, he returns to The Cleveland Orchestra and appears as guest conductor in Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Fort Worth, Detroit, Edmonton, Toronto, Carnegie Hall and many others. This past summer marked Jack Everly's Hollywood Bowl debut. Everly is the Music Director of Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration, now a 26-year tradition. These theatrical symphonic holiday concerts are presented annually in December in Indianapolis and are seen by more than 40,000 concertgoers. Mr. Everly led the ISO in its first Pops recording, Yuletide Celebration, Volume One, which included three of his own arrangements. 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 has teamed with Marvin Hamlisch in Broadway shows that Mr. Hamlisch scored, including The Goodbye Girl, They're Playing Our Song and A Chorus Line. He conducted Carol Channing hundreds of times in Hello, Dolly! in two separate Broadway productions.

In addition to conducting the Memorial Day and Capital Fourth Concerts, Jack Everly has appeared on In Performance at the White House on PBS and conducted the songs for the Disney soundtrack, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He has been Music Director on numerous Broadway cast recordings and conducted the critically praised Everything's Coming Up Roses: The Complete Overtures of Broadway's Jule Styne. Among his other CDs are Daniel Rodriguez's In the Presence with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Prague and Sandi Patty's October 2011 release, Broadway Stories.

In 1998, Jack Everly created the Symphonic Pops Consortium, serving as Music Director. The Consortium, based in Indianapolis, produces a new theatrical pops program each season. In the past 12 years, more than 300 performances of SPC programs have taken place across the U.S. and Canada. Maestro Everly is a graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Franklin College in his home state of Indiana. In October, he became a National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota.

Stephanie J. Block has established herself as one of Broadway's most relevant and versatile leading ladies. She recently starred in 9 to 5: The Musical as Judy Bernly earning her a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Leading up to 9 to 5, Stephanie was busy onstage as well as in the recording studio, starring as Elphaba in the Broadway Company of Wicked and recording her debut solo album, This Place I Know. Other Broadway credits include originating the roles of Grace O'Malley in The Pirate Queen and Liza Minnelli in The Boy From Oz (opposite Hugh Jackman). She also starred in the First National Touring Company of Wicked as Elphaba for which she won the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress and the Carbonell Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Some of her regional credits include Crazy For You (L.A. Ovation Award Nominee), Oliver (Critics Award-Best Actress), James Joyce's The Dead, Triumph Of Love, The Grass Harp, South Pacific, Will Rogers Follies, They're Playing Our Song opposite Jason Alexander, and the World Premiere of Wicked. Ms. Block has sung with numerous symphony orchestras throughout United States. Her solo concert has been critically acclaimed in both New York City and in London. Stephanie's voice can be heard on the original cast recordings of The Boy From Oz, The Pirate Queen and 9 To 5: The Musical (Grammy Nomination). For more information: www.stephaniejblock.com.

At the age of seven, Lea Salonga made her professional debut in the Philippines by performing in the musical The King and I by Repertory Philippines. She began her professional music career at the age of 10 when she recorded her first album, Small Voice, which received a Gold record in the Philippines. She has also hosted her own musical television show, Love, Lea, and opened for Stevie Wonder during his 1998 concert in Manila. In 1983, her sophomore album, Lea was released. Lea's biggest breakthrough came when she was selected to play the leading role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon in 1989. For her performance, Lea was given the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical for the 1989/1990 season and won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for the same role. Other credits include the role of street waif Eponine in the Broadway production of Les Misérables, the singing voices in the Disney films, Aladdin (Jasmine) and Mulan (Fa Mulan), as well as the voice of Mrs. Kusakabe (Satsuki and Mei's mother) in Disney's 2005 English dub of Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro. Lea is one the Philippines' best selling female artists of all time with sales of 19 million. For more information: www.leasalonga.net

Terrence Mann graduated with honors from the North Carolina School for the Arts (1971-73, 1975-76). During his first summer in Paul Green's outdoor drama, The Lost Colony, Terry was Ira David Wood III's understudy for the role of Old ToM. Terry eventually took over the role. Terry became The Children's Theatre Director for Raleigh, North Carolina's Theatre In The Park when David Wood broadened the theatre's scope. While at TIP, Terry appeared in a number of main stage productions including A Christmas Carol, The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo & Juliet. Terry moved to New York and landed a spot in the chorus of Barnum, directed by Joe Layton (Director of The Lost Colony). Shortly thereafter, he won the role of Rum Tum Tugger in Cats. Terry spent the rest of the 1980s starring in such films as Critters (1986) and A Chorus Line (1985), making television guest appearances on shows like "The Equalizer" (1985) and various soap operas, and originating such roles as Saul in Rags and Javert in Les Misérables. He also starred as the Beast in the Broadway production of Beauty & the Beast and Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Peter Lockyer's Broadway credits include: The Phantom of the Opera, Baz Luhrmann's La Bohème (Rodolfo), Les Misérables (Marius, 10th anniversary co.), Miss Saigon (Chris), Cyrano the Musical. His tours include: Phantom, Miss Saigon (Chris, 1st national), Les Misérables (Marius, China premiere), and as a special guest star for Barbra Streisand's 2007 European concert tour. Other theatre credits include The Glass Menagerie (Tom Wingfield, Ivoryton Playhouse, CT Critics Circle Award nomination) and television, CBS telefilm "Gypsy" (Yonkers). Peter received his Bachelor of Science in education from New York University.

Marie Zamora's principal roles have included Cosette in Les Miserables, Kate in Kiss Me Kate and Sina Marnis in Pirandello's Les Nouvelles De Sicile. She has appeared in concerts such as Hey Mr. Producer at the Lyceum Theater-London with an all-star cast including Julie Andrews, Hugh Jackman, Judi Dench and Bernadette Peters. She has been a guest soloist for Michel Legrand Concert Tours at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, France, Japan, Israel, Russia and Bulgaria. She has also appeared as a solo performer at Joe's Pub New York and in her benefit concert for Leny. Her films have been Une Voice D'escalier directed by Dominique Tabuteau, Cassandra's Dream directed by Woody Allen and Pizza Verdi, directed by Gary Nadeau. Marie is co-author of the book Marguerite (2010 version) in collaboration with Michel Legrand and Alain Boublil and of a new play with music, Manhattan Parisienne. For information: www.mariezamora.com.

Musical-theatre lyricist Alain Boublil and composer Claude-Michel Schönberg are best known for their collaborations for musicals on Broadway including Les Misérables (1980), Miss Saigon (1989), Martin Guerre (1996) and The Pirate Queen (2006). As of 2010, the multiple award-winning Les Misérables was the longest-running musical in the world and the third longest-running show in Broadway history.

Founded in 1937, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir has partnered with the ISO each season to perform great choral masterworks and performs its own season of concerts and educational outreach programs that reach more than 25,000 people each year. In addition to the choral classics, introducing new works is central to the Choir's mission, and recent seasons have seen numerous commissioned works added to the body of choral repertoire. The Choir is led by Eric Stark, who begins his ninth season as Artistic Director.

In Brief:
ISO opens 2011-2012 Printing Partners Pops Series season with world premiere of program featuring the music of Broadway composers Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Miss Saigon and Les Misérables) at the Hilbert Circle Theatre and at The Palladium in Carmel.

Performers: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Jack Everly
Artists: Stephanie J. Block
Lea Salonga
Terence Mann
Peter Lockyer
Marie Zamora
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir
Locations: Hilbert Circle Theatre (Fri. & Sat.); The Palladium (Sun.)
Dates & Times: Fri., Oct. 7, 11 a.m. & 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 8, at 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Repertoire:
Program will feature many popular songs from Boublil and Schönberg hit musicals such as Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, The Pirate Queen and Martin Guerre, among others, that will be performed by a distinguished cast of Broadway stars.

Tickets: Hilbert Circle Theatre - $26-$48 (Fri. 11 a.m.) & $20-$76 (evenings); The Palladium - $30-$85, $20 for students
The Palladium - (317) 843-3800; on line at www.thecenterfortheperformingarts.com
Hilbert Circle Theatre - (317) 639-4300; Toll Free (800) 366-8457; online at www.IndianapolisSymphony.org

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