MARVIN HAMLISCH AND SEATTLE POPS PAY TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY COLE PORTER, MARCH 3–6
FOR RELEASE Thursday, February 17, 2011
Performances Feature Broadway Sensations Kelli O’Hara and Doug LaBrecque
Seattle, WA – Seattle Symphony Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch leads Seattle Symphony in an evening of music by Cole Porter, featuring esteemed Broadway vocalists Kelli O’Hara and Doug LaBrecque. Audiences will enjoy the witty lyrics and sophisticated sensibilities that have inspired generations of music lovers in this showcase of Cole Porter classics, including “Night and Day,” “Anything Goes,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “Begin the Beguine.” Performances will take place Thursday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 4, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 5, at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m. in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall. Tickets are available from $17 to $89.
Marvin Hamlisch’s life in music is notable for its great versatility as well as substance. As a composer, Hamlisch has won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards; his groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, received the Pulitzer Prize. He is the composer of more than 40 motion picture scores, including his Oscar-winning score and song for The Way We Were and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting, for which he received a third Oscar. His prolific output of film scores includes original compositions and/or musical adaptations for Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People, The Swimmer, Three Men and a Baby, Ice Castles, Take the Money and Run, Bananas and Save the Tiger.
Hamlisch holds the position of Principal Pops Conductor for the Pittsburgh, San Diego, Pasadena and Milwaukee symphony orchestras, as well as Seattle Symphony. Hamlisch, who began his tenure in Seattle in September 2008, is credited with a significant increase in Pops season ticket sales. He also served as Musical Director and arranger for Barbra Streisand’s 1994 concert tour of the U.S. and England, as well as the television special, “Barbra Streisand: The Concert,” for which he received two of his Emmys. Hamlisch is a graduate of The Juilliard School of Music and Queens College.
Kelli O’Hara has established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. She starred in the Tony Award–winning revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center, capturing audiences and critics alike with her performance as Nellie Forbush, and garnering her third Tony nomination.
She made her Broadway debut in Jekyll & Hyde and followed it with Follies; Sweet Smell of Success opposite John Lithgow; and Dracula. In 2003, O’Hara performed in a production of The Light in the Piazza at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre. The show landed on Broadway in 2005 and earned O’Hara her first Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. She joined Harry Connick Jr. on Broadway in the 2006 Tony Award–winning production of The Pajama Game, for which she received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award nominations.
In addition to her critically acclaimed performance as Eliza Doolittle in the New York Philharmonic’s production of My Fair Lady, O’Hara has performed a solo concert at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops conducted by Rob Fisher. She has performed at Carnegie Hall with Barbara Cook and with the New York Pops under Steven Reineke, and at the Kennedy Center with Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart. She sang “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium for Game Six of the World Series, and performed on PBS’s Memorial Day Concert Live from Washington, D.C. She performed at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors as part of the Barbra Streisand tribute, and again at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors as part of the Jerry Herman tribute. Upcoming engagements take O’Hara to Florida with the Boston Pops, the New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, Tanglewood, Bethel Woods and Hyannis.
Doug LaBrecque thrilled theater audiences as The Phantom and Raoul in the Harold Prince production of The Phantom of the Opera. In addition, LaBrecque has starred on Broadway as Ravenal in Prince’s revival of Show Boat, 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 others. He was 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.
One of the most prolific concert performers of his generation, LaBrecque has been a soloist with some of the world’s finest symphony orchestras, including the Atlanta, Chicago, National and San Francisco symphonies, the Israel Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra, among others. International engagements have included the Calgary, Jerusalem, Korean National and Vancouver symphonies, as well as the Shanghai Radio Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. LaBrecque recently appeared in Alba, Italy, as the guest soloist in an all-Bernstein concert. Highlights for this year include a return to the Czech Republic and a debut with the Malaysian Philharmonic.
With Peter Nero, LaBrecque was featured in Broadway Showstoppers, a live recording with Nero’s Philly Pops. Other special engagements have included singing with Carole Bayer-Sager at Feinstein’s in Manhattan and the Cinegrill in Los Angeles; performing alongside Broadway legend Jerry Herman with the Naples Philharmonic; and appearing onstage with Senators Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch at Hickory Hill, the legendary home of Ethel Kennedy. In 2010, LaBrecque was accompanied by international piano sensation Lang Lang in a performance broadcast on Chinese Television. LaBrecque made his Boston Pops debut in 2007, and premiered at Carnegie Hall with Marvin Hamlisch in a tribute to Richard Rodgers.
Concert tickets from $17 to $89 can be purchased by calling the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at
(206) 215-4747 or (866) 833-4747 outside the local calling area, faxing the Symphony at (206) 215-4748, ordering online at www.seattlesymphony.org, or visiting the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office in Benaroya Hall at Third Avenue and Union Street, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
A TRIBUTE TO COLE PORTER
Thursday, March 3, 2011, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 4, 2011, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 5, 2011, at 2 & 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 6, 2011, at 2 p.m.
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
Marvin Hamlisch, conductor
Kelli O’Hara, soprano
Doug LaBrecque, baritone
The program will be announced from stage. There will be one 20-minute intermission.
Sponsored by Holland America.
All programs and artists subject to change. Photos of guest artists are available to the media upon request.