The Paths Not Taken 54 Below Concert Press Preview [x43 HQ]
The Paths Not Taken 54 Below Concert Press Preview [x43 HQ]
Principal Conductor Ted Sperling Leads Winter Pops!
Tony-Winner Christine Ebersole, Frozen’s Santino Fontana and Cinderella’s Laura Osnes Headline Concert of Frank Loesser Hits
On December 21st at 3 pm the Westchester Philharmonic and Broadways brightest stars will light up the Concert Hall at the Purchase Performing Arts Center with its annual Winter Pops! The Phil’s newly appointed Principal Conductor Ted Sperling will lead a program titled Anywhere I Wander: The Frank Loesser Songbook, starring two time Tony-winner Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens, 42nd Street), Drama Desk winner Santino Fontana, (Cinderella, Billy Elliott, and the recent Oscar-winning hit Frozen) and Laura Osnes (Bonnie & Clyde, Cinderella).
One of the most versatile of musical theater composers, Frank Loesser wrote works that are among the most creative and enduring achievements of Broadway including Guys & Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Where’s Charley?, and The Most Happy Fella. Even before he wrote his first show he was known to America for the song hits of his Hollywood career, including the Oscar-winning “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” In all, he wrote lyrics for more than 60 songs and films.
About a similar program directed by Ted Sperling and presented by the New York Philharmonic, Playbill commented: “Put together with the taste, intelligence, and scholarship that we’ve come to expect from musical director Ted Sperling, whose expert conducting of this marvelous orchestra was only one of many highlights, the evening glowed from start to finish.”
Audiences can keep the holiday fun going at our popular Pops After-Party! Mingle with the stars while enjoying scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting with Aries Wines & Spirits. Early reservations are a must! Only $22 with a Pops ticket purchase.
All performances will take place in The Concert Hall at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York.
Four concert subscriptions are available and range from $394-$98. Single tickets range from $30-$97. Pops After-Party tickets are $22. Student/child/group discounts are also available.
To purchase tickets and for additional information call the Westchester Philharmonic Box Office at (914) 682-3707 ext. 10 or visit www.westchesterphil.org. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card accepted.
About the Westchester Philharmonic
Now in its 32nd season, the Westchester Philharmonic is the oldest, continuously running professional symphony orchestra and largest performing arts organization of any kind in Westchester County. The Philharmonic’s main stage concert series makes its home at the 1,300 seat Concert Hall at the Purchase Performing Arts Center, with outdoor concerts, chamber concerts, children’s programs, and special events throughout the area, attracting savvy music-lovers from Rockland, Bergen, Fairfield, and Putnam counties, New York City, and beyond.
In November 2013 the Philharmonic proudly announced the concurrent appointments of Jaime Laredo and Ted Sperling as the orchestra’s Principal Conductors, commencing with the current 2014-15 season.
Founded in 1983 as the New Orchestra of Westchester under the leadership of Music Director Paul Lustig Dunkel (who became Music Director Emeritus in 2008), the orchestra was later re-named the Westchester Philharmonic. Renowned artists who have performed with the Phil include Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, Branford Marsalis, Midori, Garrick Ohlsson, Itzhak Perlman, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Gil Shaham, Isaac Stern, and André Watts.
Among the many new works commissioned and premiered by the Westchester Philharmonic is Melinda Wagner’s Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. A new commission by Christopher Theofanidis is scheduled for debut during the 2015 – 2016 season.
The orchestra’s award-winning education program reaches thousands of elementary school students each year and culminates in a full orchestra concert. The Phil also partners with local organizations to present free and low-cost chamber concerts, as well as to provide subsidized seating at main stage concerts, welcoming hundreds of area residents each year who might not otherwise have an opportunity to attend.
The orchestra is comprised of the finest professional free-lance musicians from around the greater metropolitan area, who also perform regularly with the New York City Ballet, Orchestra St. Luke’s, Orpheus, Mostly Mozart, and for many Broadway shows. Members of the Phil hold faculty positions at Juilliard, Mannes, Manhattan School of Music, Purchase Conservatory, Vassar and Bard Colleges, and at local public schools.
Source: This information was sent to me from an employee at the Westchester Philharmonic, if you have any questions about it, please feel free to ask!
To celebrate Laura’s Birthday, and the 1 year anniversary of when this site opened, I’ve added over 100 new HQ pictures to existing albums in the Gallery, all of them from the beginning, back in Laura’s grease days! Here’s a full list of everything added!
Laura attending the Because I Said So premiere in on Jan 30th, 2007 [x1 HQ ADDED]
This update puts us over 4,000 HQ Images of Laura in the Gallery! To celebrate, I’m going to post a big Gallery Update later today, or tomorrow, with a lot of new images to old albums that I’ve gotten a hold of over the the last year!
Laura Attends a Preview Performance of Side Show on Broadway on October 28th [x8 HQ]
Production Stills for The Band Wagon by Encores! [x10 HQ]
Laura Attends the 4th Annual GenR Summer Party @ The James Hotel on July 16th [x4 HQ Added]
Plus a long overdue update of Laura’s instagram and twitter albums!
Bucks County Playhouse will launch its first-ever Oscar Hammerstein Festival this season, opening with a weekend of events from September 26-28.
Named for the Broadway lyricist behind classic musicals including The King and I, Cinderella, and South Pacific, the festival will inaugurate a musical theater development program, focusing on the importance of lyrics in the creation of new musicals. The Oscar Hammerstein Festival is a yearlong program that offers expert mentorship to early-career composers and lyricists, culminating in a weekend with musical theater experts, artists, and enthusiasts and various events open to the general public.
Patrons can purchase passes to attend the opening weekend events, which will include a special benefit performance on September 27 entitled Getting to Know You: An Enchanted Evening of Oscar Hammerstein II, created and hosted by Ted Chapin, head of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. The concert will star Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana, the original Tony-nominated stars of Broadway’s Cinderella, Mandy Gonzales (In the Heights), and Lewis Cleale (The Book of Mormon), who will offer a musical overview of Hammerstein’s career. Sarna Lapine will direct, with musical direction by Andy Einhorn. The benefit concert will also include the second annual Bucks County Playhouse Hall of Fame induction.
“As a producer of new musicals, I have become increasingly concerned that lyric writing is not getting the attention it deserves,” said Robyn Goodman, Bucks County Playhouse executive producer. “The lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein have stood the test of time and show us how metaphor, poetry and simplicity have been lost in the age of Twitter and texting.”
“Bucks County has a long history as the home to some of the great theatre artists through seven decades, from Mr. Hammerstein to George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart, and currently Christopher Durang,” added Alexander Fraser, BCP’s producing director. “We want to bring a new generation of talented writers together with mentors to inspire them and bring back the art of lyric writing as practiced by the great Oscar Hammerstein.”
For more information about the festival or to purchase a Festival Pass, click here.