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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

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 To Include

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

"I Can Cook Too," from On the Town

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Bernstein

“Make Our Garden Grow,” from Candide

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Artists

Bramwell Tovey

Conductor

Bramwell Tovey

Conductor

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Conductor

Grammy and Juno award–winning conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey was appointed music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2000. Under his leadership the VSO has toured China, Korea, Canada, and the United States. Mr. Tovey is also the artistic adviser of the VSO School of Music, a state-of-the-art facility and recital hall which opened in downtown Vancouver in 2011. In 2018, the VSO’s centenary year, he will become the orchestra’s music director emeritus.

The 2017–18 season in Vancouver includes tours in the fall and spring showcasing the orchestra in their home state as well as key east coast Canadian cities. Other engagements will take Mr. Tovey to the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Houston, Toronto, and Melbourne symphonies, as well as returns to summer festivals in Vail, Tanglewood, and the Hollywood Bowl.

An active composer, Bramwell Tovey won the 2003 Juno Award for Best Classical Composition for his choral and brass work Requiem for a Charred Skull. Past commissions include the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, and Calgary Opera, which premiered his first full length opera, The Inventor, in 2011 (a recording of which by the VSO with UBC Opera and the original cast has been released on Naxos). In 2014 his trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, was performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Philadelphia Orchestra with Alison Balsom as soloist in both concerts.

A talented pianist as well as conductor and composer, he has appeared as soloist with many major orchestras including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics and Sydney, Melbourne, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Toronto, and Royal Scottish National symphony orchestras. In the summer of 2014 he played and conducted Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and in Saratoga with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed his own Pictures in the Smoke with the Melbourne and Helsingborg Symphonies and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Tovey was music director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra from 1989 to 2001, and music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg from 2002 to 2006.

Bramwell Tovey is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and holds honorary degrees from the universities of British Columbia, Manitoba, Kwantlen, and Winnipeg. In 2013 he was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada for services to music.

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Lonny Price

Staging and Continuity

Lonny Price

Staging and Continuity

Lonny Price

Staging and Continuity

Lonny Price directed the stage and film versions of the New York Philharmonic’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company (starring Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, and Stephen Colbert), which played in more than 700 movie theaters across the country. Mr. Price’s other Philharmonic collaborations include the stage and film versions of SONDHEIM: The Birthday Concert! (for which he received a 2011 Emmy Award); the Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts of Camelot starring Gabriel Byrne (2008), Candide starring Kristin Chenoweth (2004, broadcast on Great Performances), and Sweeney Todd starring Patti LuPone and George Hearn (2000). Mr. Price also directed the Emmy Award–winning production of Sondheim’s Passion starring Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, and Michael Cerveris, broadcast on Live From Lincoln Center, and he won an Emmy for his 2001 production of Sweeney Todd with the San Francisco Symphony. On Broadway, he directed Audra McDonald in 110 in the Shade, Danny Glover in Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold” ... and the Boys; Joan Rivers in Sally Marr and Her Escorts (which he co-wrote with Ms. Rivers and Erin Sanders); Jenn Colella in Urban Cowboy; and himself in A Class Act, for which he earned a Tony nomination and co-wrote the book with Linda Kline. Mr. Price’s Off-Broadway work includes Visiting Mr. Green starring Eli Wallach, Grown Ups, and Stopping Traffic. He made his opera directing debut at Houston Grand Opera directing Audra McDonald in Poulenc’s La Voix humaine and Michael John LaChiusa’s Send. His feature film, “Master Harold” ... and the Boys, received the Best Director of a Feature Film award from the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. He has directed episodes of ABC’s Desperate Housewives and CBS’s 2 Broke Girls. As an actor, he appeared in a variety of plays and musicals on and off-Broadway highlights of which include “Master Harold” ... and the boys, Burn This, and Merrily We Roll Along.

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Annaleigh Ashford

Vocalist

Annaleigh Ashford

Vocalist

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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

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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

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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

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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 Symphonic Choir,
Joe Miller, director

Chorus

Westminster Symphonic Choir,
Joe Miller, director

Chorus

Chorus

Recognized as one of the world’s leading choral ensembles, the Westminster Symphonic Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. It has recorded and performed with major orchestras under many internationally acclaimed conductors for the past 84 years, and the choir has sung more than 500 performances with the New York Philharmonic alone.

In addition to the Philharmonic’s performances of Messiah, the ensemble’s 2017–18 season includes Holst’s The Planets with The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Cristian Măcelaru; the World Premiere of Tod Machover’s Philadelphia Voices with The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Mozart’s Mass in C minor with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, led by Pablo Heras-Casado; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, led by Rossen Milanov; and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, led by Joe Miller.

Recent seasons have included performances of Bernstein’s Mass with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Villa-Lobos’s Choros No. 10 with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and Gustavo Dudamel, and Christopher Rouse’s Requiem with the New York Philharmonic and then Music Director Alan Gilbert.

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 unique choral emphasis, Westminster prepares students for careers in teaching, sacred music, and performance.

 

Joe Miller is conductor of two of America’s most renowned choral ensembles — the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir — and is director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Dr. Miller also serves as artistic director for choral activities for the Spoleto Festival USA and director of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir. His 2017–18 season with the Westminster Choir includes a concert tour of the Midwest, performances and broadcasts at its home in Princeton, its annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA, and the release of a new recording. As conductor of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Dr. Miller has collaborated with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, earning him critical praise. He is also founder and conductor of the Westminster Summer Choral Festival Chamber Choir, a program that offers professional-level choral and vocal artists the opportunity to explore challenging works for one week each summer on the Westminster campus in Princeton.

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Joe Miller, director

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