BSO Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly leads Baltimore Symphony in Big Band Hit Parade, Feb. 3-6
Featuring Guest Artists Judy McLane, Jon Manasse and the Capitol Quartet
Baltimore, Md. (January 25, 2011) - Vocalist Judy McLane and the Capitol Quartet will join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in a concert of Broadway songs and Big Band Hits on Thursday, February 3 at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore and Friday, February 4 and Saturday, February 5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 6 at 3 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Under the direction of Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, the BSO and the Capitol Quartet, clarinetist Jon Manasse and Broadway star Judy McLane will perform memorable show tunes and Big Band hits such as Duke Ellington's "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing," Cole Porter's "I've got you under my skin," Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust," George Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythms," Glenn Miller's "Strings of Pearls" and a tribute to the "King of Swing," Benny Goodman. Please see below for complete program details.
Acclaimed Broadway musical singer Judy McLane is no stranger to the stage. Dubbed "Broadway's favorite vixen" by Broadway.com, she currently is starring on Broadway as Tanya in the hit musical Mamma Mia! She joins the Capitol Quartet for a showcase of songs from hit musicals by Richard Rogers, Cole Porter and George Gershwin. The Capitol Quartet, renowned for its versatile repertoire, has become a favorite of BSO audiences. The Baltimore Sun called this
ensemble "top-notch" and said that their 2009 performance in the BSO's Holiday Spectacular "lit up the place."
Jack Everly, conductor
Jack Everly is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Baltimore and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), and the newly named Music Director of the National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth on PBS. This season he returns to the Cleveland Orchestra and appears as guest conductor in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Toronto, Cincinnati, Edmonton and Detroit.
Mr. Everly is the Music Director of Yuletide Celebration, now a 25-year tradition. These theatrical symphonic holiday concerts are presented annually in December in Indianapolis and are seen by more than 40,000 concert-goers.
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 television and film, Jack Everly has appeared on "In Performance at the White House" and conducted the songs for Disney's animated classic, 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. Daniel Rodriguez's In the Presence with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Prague conducted by Mr. Everly was released in 2005.
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.
Judy McLane, vocalist
Judy McLane is currently starring on Broadway, playing the role of Tanya, in the hit musical, Mamma Mia! She received critical acclaim for her performance as Vienna in Johnny Guitar Off-Broadway (Drama Desk Nomination and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance in the Theater). Most recently she starred as Donna in the feature film Were the World Mine. Ms. McLane has appeared on Broadway in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Aspects of Love, and Chess. Her national and international tours include the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond, Mrs. Baskin in Big, and Side By Side By Sondheim. Some other favorite roles include: Phyllis in Follies (Signature Theater, Helen Hayes nomination), Eva Peron in Evita, the title character in Victor/Victoria, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Luisa in Nine, Nancy in Oliver!, Florence in Chess, Lily in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Paper Mill Playhouse), Fiona in Brigadoon, Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (St. Louis Muny), Mrs. Walker in Tommy, Rebecca in Rags (American Musical Theater of San Jose), Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar (Sacramento Music Circus), and Ann in 1940's Radio Hour (Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Isabella in Wuthering Heights (Olney Playhouse), and Lucy in Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde (Casa Manana). Ms. McLane has performed as a soloist with many symphony orchestras including the Bolshoi Orchestra in Moscow, the National Orchestra of Lyon, France, National Symphony of Canada, National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Ft. Worth, Indianapolis, Memphis, Milwaukee, Naples, Oklahoma City, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Seattle, St. Louis, Southwest Florida, Toronto, and Chuatauqua Symphony Orchestras and Chess in Concert at Carnegie Hall among many others. Television include Guiding Light and Another World. Can be heard on the recordings of Johnny Guitar and Sundance the Musical. Ms. McLane studies voice with Bill Schuman.
Jon Manasse, clarinet
Jon Manasse is principal clarinet of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Highlights of his current season include return performances with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and debuts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, The Chappaqua Orchestra, Montana's Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Oregon's Rogue Valley Symphony. With pianist Jon Nakamatsu, he continues to tour throughout the United States as half of the acclaimed Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo.
Past performances included the Lincoln Center, Hunter College's Sylvia & Danny Kaye Playhouse, Columbia University, Rockefeller University and The Town Hall, 14 tours of Japan and Southeast Asia with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, debuts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Osaka and concerto performances with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. He has been guest soloist with the Augsburg, Dayton, Evansville, Naples and National philharmonics, Symphony Nova Scotia, the National Chamber Orchestra and the Alabama, Annapolis, Bozeman, Dubuque, Florida West Coast, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Jackson, Oakland East Bay, Pensacola, Princeton, Richmond, Seattle, Stamford and Wyoming symphonies. Of special distinction was Mr. Manasse's 2002 London debut in a Barbican Centre performance of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with Gerard Schwarz and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
The Capitol Quartet
The Capitol Quartet is widely considered among the most exciting chamber ensembles performing today. Comprised of saxophonists who are teaching faculty at America's leading music schools and alumni of the Premiere U.S. Military bands, the Capitol Quartet has captured the imaginations of critics and audiences alike. Since its formation in 1991, the Capitol Quartet has performed regularly at major concert venues throughout the United States, earning wide acclaim for the ensemble's musical versatility and innovative style. The Quartet's February 2007 performance of the Philip Glass "Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra" with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was lauded in the Baltimore Sun for "..superb technical control, ... seamless blend, and exceptional wealth of character in their phrasing".
The Capitol Quartet has been featured with the Cincinnati Pops, Indianapolis Symphony, Guatemala National Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa, Canada), Windsor (Ontario) Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Springfield (MO) Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Imperial Symphony (Fl), Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band, the U.S. Continental Army Band, and many other symphonies across the country. They have been invited back for numerous appearances with the Baltimore, Bay-Atlantic and Indianapolis Symphonies.
Dedicated to advancing music education, the Capitol Quartet regularly performs and lectures at National and State Music Educators conferences. They have appeared at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference, Illinois Music Educators Conference, Connecticut Music Educators Conference, Virginia Music Educators Conference, MENC's Eastern Division, American Band College, Bands of America's Summer Symposium, and West Chester's Marching Band Workshop. They have also performed master classes at many universities including Indiana University, Elon College, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, the University of Maryland, Penn State University, the University of Indianapolis, and the Peabody Conservatory.
Famed American composer and entertainer Marvin Hamlisch says of the Capitol Quartet: "I have had the great pleasure of performing with the Capitol Quartet. Their fabulous sound, professionalism and innovative program all combine for a wonderfully entertaining musical experience."
COMPLETE PROGRAM INFORMATION
BSO SuperPops: Big Band Hit Parade
Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. - The Music Center at Strathmore
Friday, February 4, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. - Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. - Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. - Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Jack Everly, conductor
Judy McLane, vocalist
Jon Manasse, clarinet
The Capitol Quartet
Arr. Everly and Barker: Big Band Dance Hits
Cole Porter, Arr. Basie and Jack Everly: I've Got You Under My Skin
Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, Arr. Holman: That Old Black Magic
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart: Thou Swell
Ziggy Elman and Johnny Mercer: And The Angels Sing
Rudolf Friml and Artie Shaw: Indian Love Call
Alberto Dominguez and Artie Shaw: Frenesi
Arite Shaw: Clarinet Concerto
Duke Ellington: It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
Duke Ellington and Gibson: Tribute to the Duke
John Williams: Swing, Swing, Swing
Benny Goodman, Arr. Norman: Bugle Call Rag
George Gershwin, Arr. Niehaus: Fascinating Rhythm
Bud Green, Les Brown and Ben Homer: Sentimental Journey
Jacob Jacobs, Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin and Sholom Secunda: Bei Mir Bist du Schoen
Vincent Youmans, Gus Kahn, Edward Eliscu and Artie Shaw: Carioca
Cole Porter, Arr. Gray: Begin the Beguine
Cole Porter, Arr. Holman: Begin the Beguine
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Tommy Dorsey, Arr. Jack Everly: Song of India
Louis Prima and Benny Goodman: Sing, Sing, Sing!
Tickets range from $28 to $88. Tickets are available through the BSO Ticket Office, 877.BSO.1444, 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.