New Year's Eve: Bernstein on Broadway
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New Year's Eve: Bernstein on Broadway

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$105-285

Date & Times

31

Dec, 2017

Sunday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

SOLD OUT. Watch it on Live From Lincoln Center at 9 PM on December 31 on PBS! (Check your local listings.)

This concert is a Special Event of the 2017–18 season.

Who can resist Bernstein on Broadway? Toast the New Year and our Laureate Conductor’s 100th with West Side Story’s star-crossed lovers, On the Town’s fun-loving sailors, and Wonderful Town’s bright-eyed New Yorkers as portrayed by Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford, Hamilton’s Christopher Jackson, Cinderella’s Laura Osnes, and Next to Normal’s Aaron Tveit. Audience favorite Bramwell Tovey conducts.

Program

Bernstein

Overture to Candide

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Bernstein

Selections from On the Town

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Bernstein

Three Dance Episodes from On the Town

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Bernstein

Selections from Wonderful Town

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Bernstein

Three Dance Variations from Fancy Free

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Bernstein

Dream with Me from Peter Pan

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Bernstein

Selections from West Side Story

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Bernstein/Arr.
S. Ramin, M. T. Thomas, M. Barrett

A Quiet Place Suite, Jazz Trio ("Mornin' Sun")

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Bernstein

"Make Our Garden Grow," from Candide

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Artists

Bramwell Tovey

Conductor

Bramwell Tovey

Conductor

Bramwell Tovey

Conductor

Grammy and Juno Award–winning conductor / composer Bramwell Tovey has recently added the title of artistic director of Calgary Opera Company to his role as principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra and artistic advisor to the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Following an 18-year tenure as music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO), which concluded in summer 2018, he returns as music director emeritus. Under his leadership the VSO toured China, South Korea, Canada, and the United States. His innovations included the establishment of the VSO School of Music; the VSO’s annual contemporary music festival; and the VSO Orchestral Institute at Whistler, a comprehensive summer orchestral training program for young musicians.

During the 2019–20 season Mr. Tovey returns to The Philadelphia Orchestra for its Christmas concerts and New Year’s Eve Gala, and conducts the New York Philharmonic’s summer Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer. In addition to monthly appearances in London, his guest conducting takes him to Scandinavia, San Diego, and Sarasota.

In 2003 he won the Juno Award for Best Classical Composition for his choral and brass work Requiem for a Charred Skull. His song cycle Ancestral Voices, which addresses the issue of reconciliation and was written for Kwagiulth mezzo-soprano Marion Newman, was premiered in June 2017. His trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, was commissioned by the Toronto Symphony for principal trumpet Andrew McCandless and performed in 2014 by Alison Balsom with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and London Philharmonic Orchestra. A recording of his opera, The Inventor, commissioned by Calgary Opera, features the original cast, members of UBC Opera, and the VSO.

Previously music director of Orchestre philharmonique du Luxembourg, he led the world premiere of Penderecki’s Eighth Symphony on the opening of the principality’s Philharmonie. He won the Prix d’or of the Academie Lyrique Française for their recording of Jean Cras’s 1922 opera, Polyphème, and they toured to China, South Korea, the United States, and Europe.

Recipient of the Oskar Morawetz 2015 Prize for Excellence in Music Performance, Mr Tovey was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013 for services to music. He has been artistic director of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain since 2006.

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Lonny Price

Staging and Continuity

Lonny Price

Staging and Continuity

Lonny Price

Staging and Continuity

On Broadway Lonny Price has directed Sunset Boulevard, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, 110 in the Shade, Master Harold ... and the Boys, Sally Marr and Her Escorts (which he co-wrote with Joan Rivers and Erin Sanders), Urban Cowboy, and A Class Act (Tony Award–nominated book co-written with Linda Kline). Off-Broadway, Mr. Price directed Scotland, PA, which had its world premiere at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels Theatre in fall 2019. His West End credits include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill and, for English National Opera, Carousel, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, and Man of La Mancha. His film and television credits include his version of the New York Philharmonic’s productions of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Company. He also directed the stage and television versions of his tribute to Stephen Sondheim with the New York Philharmonic, Sondheim: The Birthday Concert! (Emmy Award). Other Philharmonic collaborations include the Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts of Camelot and Sweeney Todd (Emmy Award) and the Great Performances broadcast of Candide. He also earned an Emmy for his production of Sondheim’s Passion. Additional television credits include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill for HBO. His documentary Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened premiered at the New York Film Festival and was named one of The New York Times’s Top 10 Films of 2016. His documentary Hal Prince: The Director’s Life (PBS) was also critically acclaimed.

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Annaleigh Ashford

Vocalist

Annaleigh Ashford

Vocalist

Annaleigh Ashford

Vocalist

Annaleigh Ashford was seen earlier this year as Dot in Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, and as Helena in The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for her portrayal of Essie in You Can’t Take It With You. Other Broadway credits include Sylvia in Sylvia, the original Lauren in Cyndi Lauper’s Kinky Boots (Clarence Derwent Award; Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Glinda in Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked, Jeannie in Galt MacDermot’s Hair, and the original Margot in Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin’s Legally Blonde the Musical. Off-Broadway credits include Dot in Sunday in the Park with George at City Center’s Encores!, Maureen in Jonathan Larson’s Rent, and Marcie in Pasek & Paul’s Dogfight. On television, Ms. Ashford played Betty on Showtime’s critically acclaimed Masters of Sex. Other television and film credits include Columbia in The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Fox, Nurse Jackie, The Big C, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Smash, Unicorn Store, Sex and the City, Better Off Single, Top Five, Rachel Getting Married, and Frozen. Her critically acclaimed solo show, Annaleigh Ashford: Lost in the Stars Live at 54 Below, was released by Broadway Records in 2016. Ms. Ashford recently completed work on Ryan Murphy’s highly anticipated 2018 FX miniseries American Crime Story: Versace, as well as The Woody Allen Summer Project and the movie Second Act with Jennifer Lopez.

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Christopher Jackson

Vocalist

Christopher Jackson

Vocalist

Christopher Jackson

Vocalist

Christopher Jackson is a Tony Award–nominated actor as well as a Grammy and Emmy Award–winning songwriter / composer best known for starring as George Washington in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s critically acclaimed, award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton. Mr. Jackson’s Broadway credits include Todd Kreidler’s Tupac Shakur musical Holler if Ya Hear Me, After Midnight, The Bronx Bombers (Derek Jeter), Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights (Benny), David Bryan and Joe DiPietro’s Memphis (Delray Farrell), and Elton John’s The Lion King (Simba). Off-Broadway credits include Bronx Bombers (Primary Stages), The Jammer (Atlantic Theater Co.), Lonely, I’m Not (Second Stage), In the Heights (37 Arts), and Cotton Club Parade (City Center’s Encores!). Mr. Jackson can currently be seen starring in the hit CBS drama Bull as Chunk, a stylist who prepares defendants for trial. He also recorded an original song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda for the 2016 Disney film Moana. In film and television, he has appeared in Freestyle Love Supreme (Pivot Network), Person of Interest, A Gifted Man, Fringe, Gossip Girl, Tracers, and Afterlife. He was also the composer / songwriter for Sesame Street (six Emmy nominations and one win) and co-music supervisor and writer for The Electric Company (PBS). Mr. Jackson won an Emmy Award for his song with Will.I.Am, “What I Am.” In 2010 he released his first solo album, In the Name of Love, with Yellow Sound Lab Records and is currently working on his second album. He also has several musical projects in development for the musical stage.

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Laura Osnes

Vocalist

Laura Osnes

Vocalist

Laura Osnes

Vocalist

Laura Osnes just completed a starring run in the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical Bandstand (Drama Desk, Drama League nominations), featuring music by Richard Oberacker. Other Broadway credits include Cinderella in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Drama Desk Award; Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Astaire nominations); Bonnie Parker in Frank Wildhorn’s Bonnie and Clyde (Tony Award nomination), after creating the role at Asolo Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award); Hope Harcourt in the Tony Award–winning revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire Award nominations); Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific; and Sandy in the most recent revival of Warren Casey’s Grease. Other New York / regional credits include the Gershwins’ Crazy for You (Manhattan Concert Productions); The Blueprint Specials; Weill’s The Threepenny Opera (Drama Desk Award nomination) at the Atlantic Theater Company; City Center’s Encores! productions of The Band Wagon, Randy Newman’s Faust, and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Pipe Dream; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music in concert at Carnegie Hall; Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel opposite Steven Pasquale at Lyric Opera of Chicago; and Broadway: Three Generations at the Kennedy Center. On television, she has been seen on the CBS series Elementary, in the HBO pilot The Miraculous Year, the New York Philharmonic’s Sondheim: The Birthday Concert in March 2010, HBO’s documentary Six by Sondheim, and the Kennedy Center Honors salutes to Barbara Cook (2011) and Dustin Hoffman (2012). Her many concerts and cabaret appearances include performances with Michael Feinstein, the New York Philharmonic, New York Pops, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Boston Pops, and San Francisco and National Symphony Orchestras, and appearances at venues including Carnegie Hall, Café Carlyle, 54 Below, Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Smith Center in Las Vegas, and Minneapolis’s Orchestra Hall. In addition to being heard on several cast recordings, Laura Osnes has two solo albums, Dream a Little Dream: Live at the Café Carlyle and If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston.

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Aaron Tveit

Vocalist

Aaron Tveit

Vocalist

Aaron Tveit

Vocalist

American theater, television, and film actor Aaron Tveit is currently starring in the CBS comic-thriller BrainDead as Gareth, a Republican operative, opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead. He recently appeared as Danny Zuko in the television special Grease: Live opposite Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens; Stereotypically You alongside Lewis Black, Kal Penn, and Lauren Miller; and in the 2016 film Undrafted with Chace Crawford and Tyler Hoechilin. Mr. Tveit starred on Broadway in Marc Shaiman’s Catch Me If You Can as Frank Abagnale Jr., and also created the role of Gabe in the Pulitzer Prize–winning Broadway musical Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt, which he developed Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theater and debuted on Broadway. He is featured on the cast recordings for both shows. He also appeared in the Broadway productions of Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked and Shaiman’s Hairspray, and starred in the national tours of Hairspray and Jonathan Larson’s Rent. In May 2013 he sold out six shows at NYC’s 54 Below in record time. Aaron Tveit has received numerous honors for his theater work, including the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Performance in Next to Normal and the Actors Equity Association Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Actor. Nominations include Distinguished Performance from the Drama League, Best Male Dancer from the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, and Outstanding Featured Actor from the Outer Critics Circle Awards, all for his work in Catch Me If You Can. Mr. Tveit appeared as Enjolras in the film Les Misérables alongside Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, and Russell Crowe. His other film credits include Premium Rush, Howl, and Ghost Town. Television credits include Graceland and numerous guest starring roles on The Good Wife, Body of Proof, Ugly Betty, and Law and Order: SVU.

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Westminster Festival Chorus,
Joe Miller, director

Chorus

Westminster Festival Chorus,
Joe Miller, director

Chorus

Chorus

Grounded in Westminster Choir College’s tradition of choral excellence, the Westminster Festival Chorus is composed of talented students and alumni who have performed numerous times as members of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, which is recognized as one of the world’s leading choral ensembles, having recorded and performed with virtually every internationally acclaimed orchestra and conductor of the past 82 years. Members have participated in many memorable concerts, including the Verdi Requiem and J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Berg’s Wozzeck with the London Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen; Villa-Lobos’s Chôros No. 10 and Estévez’s Cantata Criolla with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and Gustavo Dudamel; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim. Westminster Choir College is a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts, which has campuses in Princeton and Lawrenceville, New Jersey. A professional college of music with a choral emphasis, Westminster prepares students at the undergraduate and graduate levels for careers in teaching, sacred music, and performance.

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Joe Miller, director

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