A tribute to the Queen of Soul, this program features Symphony favorite Capathia Jenkins and three-time Grammy Award nominee Ryan Shaw performing such iconic hits as “Respect,” “Think,” “A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Amazing Grace” and many others.
Lucas Waldin is a dynamic and versatile conductor whose performances have delighted audiences across North America. He has collaborated with some of today’s most exciting artists including Carly Rae Jepsen, Ben Folds, The Canadian Brass and Buffy Sainte-Marie, in addition to conducting presentations such as Disney in Concert, Blue Planet Live, Cirque de la Symphony and the groundbreaking symphonic debut of R&B duo Dvsn as part of the global Red Bull Music Festival.
The Brooklyn-born and raised actress, Capathia Jenkins, most recently starred as ‘Medda’ in the hit Disney production of Newsies on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson.
Ryan Shaw is a three-time GRAMMY nominated artist. He recently appeared as Judas at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the U.S. premiere of the critically acclaimed London/Regent’s Park’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which won the Olivier for Best Musical Revival. He has starred as the original Stevie Wonder in Motown: The Musical on Broadway, and on London’s West End as the Soul of Michael Jackson in Thriller Live.
Growing up in the Midwest the son of a preacher on the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan, Phillip has been in and around church all of his life. In his rearing, he was pushed towards the auto plants or generic college bound career paths in human services. Creative career paths were not considered as a viable option. Being creative and entrepreneurial, Phillip was destined to rebel against the expressed and directed culture all while battling the clear call of God on His life.
Nichol Veneé Eskridge Is a spirit-filled gospel soloist who began singing at an early age at Calvary temple, her father’s church in Savannah, Georgia. Nichol Veneé’s early accomplishments included competing in the national televised Star Search competition, leading the songs “He Washed My Sins Away” on the Savannah State Wesleyan Choir’s album, and “Jesus Said Give it To Me” on the I’m Free album by the Georgia Mass Choir. She has toured many of the eastern states as well as the Bahamas and won First Place for talent in the Miss Savannah Pageant.
Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.