The “Great White Way” of Broadway leads to Morgantown this month as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and guest vocalists Christiane Noll and Doug LaBrecque bring “The Best of Broadway” to West Virginia University on Tuesday, Jan. 28.
The 2013-14 title sponsors of the Canady Symphony Series at WVU are William and Loulie Canady in memory of Valerie.
This tribute to some of Broadway’s most celebrated shows and songs will include pieces from hit musicals like “My Fair Lady,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Show Boat,” “Cabaret” and “Wicked.” Led by Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh, the Pittsburgh Symphony will perform the best of Broadway with the help of some of Broadway’s best.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the WVU Creative Arts Center. Tickets are $27 and $45, and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900, or by visiting www.pittsburghsymphony.org/wvu
Student ticket prices are $13 per concert or $16 for a subscription to the final two concerts. Student tickets can be purchased at www.pittsburghsymphony.org/wvustudent
Tickets also may be purchased the evening of the performance, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the Creative Arts Center main lobby.
A pre-concert talk with Jim Cunningham, artistic director of WQED-FM and host of the station’s “Morning Show,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is free to ticket holders.
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at WVU Creative Arts Center
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CANADY SYMPHONY SERIES AT WVU
LAWRENCE LOH, conductor
CHRISTIANE NOLL, soprano
DOUG LABRECQUE, baritone
Frederick Loewe: Selections for Orchestra from “My Fair Lady”
Irving Berlin: “Top Hat/ Steppin’ Out With My Baby” from “Easter Parade”
Cole Porter: “Begin the Beguine”
Frederick Loewe: “I Could Have Danced All Night” from “My Fair Lady”
George Gershwin: “I Got Rhythm” from “Girl Crazy”
Leonard Bernstein: Overture to “West Side Story”
Meredith Willson: “Till There Was You” from “The Music Man”
Jerome Kern: “Make Believe” from “Showboat”
John Kander: “Wilkomen” from “Cabaret”
John Kander: “And All that Jazz” from “Chicago”
Claude-Michel Schoenberg: “Bring Him Home” from “Les Miserables”
Benny Andersson & Bj�rn Ulvaeus: “Mamma Mia” Medley
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Medley from “Jesus Christ Superstar”
Stephen Schwartz: “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked”
Andrew Lloyd Webber: “All I Ask of You” and “Music of the Night” from “The Phantom of the Opera”
Noll starred on Broadway in the Kennedy Center Revival of “Ragtime,” receiving Tony and Drama Desk award nominations and winning a Helen Hayes award for her portrayal of Mother. Broadway and national tour appearances include “Chaplin,” “Urinetown” (Ovation Award), “The Mambo Kings” (pre-Broadway), “It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Grease,” “Miss Saigon” and “South Pacific” (Australia/Thailand). She is a frequent guest soloist with symphony orchestras around the world, including the National Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, Jerusalem Symphony, Philadelphia Pops, Boston Pops and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as well as international appearances with Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio, China Philharmonic with concert pianist Lang Lang and orchestras in Hong Kong, Czech Republic and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson, in his last pops performance with The New York Pops and sang with Steven Reineke for Stephen Sondheim’s 80th Birthday Celebration at Carnegie Hall. She made her Hollywood Bowl debut singing with Julie Andrews and her opera debut with Placido Domingo in “The Merry Widow.” She has made appearances with Town Hall’s Broadway By the Year, Lincoln Center American Songbook Series, at Feinstein’s, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below and Birdland. Her solo recordings include “A Broadway Love Story,” “Live at the West Bank Caf�,” “The Ira Gershwin Album,” “My Personal Property” and “Gifts: Live at 54 Below.” For more information see www.ChristianeNoll.com
LaBrecque has thrilled theater audiences as The Phantom and Raoul in the Harold Prince production of “The Phantom of the Opera.” In addition, he has starred on Broadway as Ravenal in the Hal Prince revival of “Showboat,” a role he also performed in Canada and Chicago. He was featured in Oscar Hammerstein’s 100th Birthday Celebration on Broadway at The Gershwin Theatre, and toured nationally with “Les Miserables.” Regionally, LaBrecque has performed leading roles in “Candide,” “A Chorus Line” and “Man of LaMancha,” among many others. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he was also featured in the world premiere of “A Wonderful Life,” written by Sheldon Harnick and Joe Raposo, and starred in the premiere revival of Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner’s “Love Life.” LaBrecque has been a soloist with some of the world’s finest symphony orchestras, including the National Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic (Tel Aviv), the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony, among many others. In a tribute to Richard Rodgers, LaBrecque made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the New York Pops, the same season he debuted with The Boston Pops. International engagements have included the Korean National Symphony in Seoul, the Shanghai Radio Orchestra in China, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Vancouver and Calgary Symphonies in Canada, the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in Rio De Janeiro, the Jerusalem Symphony, and numerous return engagements with the Israel Philharmonic. LaBrecque appeared in Alba, Italy, as the guest soloist in an all-Bernstein concert and returned to the International Music Festival in the Czech Republic. For upcoming engagements or CD information, visit www.DougLaBrecque.com
Resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Loh is one of the most exciting young talents on the classical music scene today. He was brought to national attention in February 2004, when he substituted last-minute for an ailing Charles Dutoit with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conducting Stravinsky’s “Petrouchka” and Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” Loh received enthusiastic acclaim from orchestra players, audience members and critics, alike. Since his appointment as music director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2005, the orchestra has flourished artistically, defining its reputation as one of the finest regional orchestras in the country. His leadership has attracted such artists as Andr� Watts, Anne Akiko Meyers, Jon Nakamatsu, Zuill Bailey and Sharon Isbin.
CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
Joyce DeFrancesco, Director of Media Relations, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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