CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Performance Friday, March 8, 2013 | 8 PM

The New York Pops

Luck Be A Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Broadway stars Megan Hilty (Wicked, 9 to 5, and the television show Smash) and Ryan Silverman (The Phantom of the Opera and Cry-Baby) join Steven Reineke and The New York Pops to pay tribute to the legendary music of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, as well as Ella Fitzgerald, Marilyn Monroe, and more.

Performers

  • The New York Pops
    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
  • Starring Megan Hilty and featuring Ryan Silverman

Bios

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    The New York Pops


    The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series at Carnegie Hall, enjoying one of its highest subscription renewal rates. The New York Pops' annual birthday gala is celebrated each spring, raising funds for the orchestra and its education programs. Now in its 30th season, The New York Pops celebrates the diversity of popular music's evolving songbook. Every concert is a unique experience, with influences ranging from Broadway melodies to film scores, jazz, rock, pop, and everything in between. Under the leadership of Steven Reineke, the orchestra continues to re-imagine orchestral pops music.

    The New York Pops is committed to creating access for all members of the community. An annual collaboration with Central Park SummerStage pairs the orchestra with contemporary artists for free outdoor concerts. Thousands of children and their parents have the opportunity to see the orchestra during interactive and educational family concerts in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. The New York Pops' extensive education programs allow thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in concert and music-making experiences. The orchestra is dedicated to lifelong learning, and collaborates with public schools, community organizations, children's hospitals and senior centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

    A recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York Pops is a non-profit organization supported solely through the generosity of individual donations, institutional grants, corporate sponsorships, and concert income.


    Steven Reineke


    Steven Reineke's boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation's most sought-after pops conductors, composers, and arrangers. Mr. Reineke is music director and conductor of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, the newly appointed principal pops conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and principal pops conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

    Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and in the past year he has conducted the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. His extensive North American conducting engagements include appearances with the orchestras of Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa, Detroit, Fort Worth, Jacksonville, Tampa, Calgary, Memphis, and Oklahoma City.

    As the creator of more than 100 orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Mr. Reineke's work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America, including performances by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic. His Sun Valley Festival Fanfare was used to commemorate the Sun Valley Summer Symphony's pavilion, and his Festival Te Deum and Swan's Island Sojourn were debuted by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops orchestras. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C. L. Barnhouse Company, and are performed by concert bands around the world.

    A native of Ohio, Mr. Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned bachelor of music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition. He currently resides in New York City.

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    Megan Hilty


    Megan Hilty stars as the seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn in NBC's musical drama Smash, which returned for its second season last month. She was recently signed to Sony Music in a partnership between Sony Masterworks and Columbia Records, and her new album will be released in early spring 2013. Megan was most recently seen as Lorelei Lee, the diamond-loving blonde made famous by Carol Channing, in the Encores!  production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, for which she earned raved reviews.

    Megan's voice is currently featured as Rosetta in Disney's Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings. She has recorded vocals for Disney's The Secret of the Magic Gourd; Phineas and Ferb; Glenn Martin, DDS; American Dad!; Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games; and Robot and Monster. In addition, she sang the role of Snow White in the film Shrek the Third. Megan recently wrapped production on Summertime Entertainment's animated film Dorothy of Oz with Kelsey Grammer, Hugh Dancy, and Lea Michele; the film is scheduled for release in 2013.

    A native of Seattle, Megan moved to New York City after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, and made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked. She went on to perform the role in both the national tour and in Los Angeles. Megan received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5: The Musical, and was honored with nominations for Lead Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and LA Stage Alliance Ovation awards. Megan has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in New York. She can also be heard alongside Plácido Domingo on the opera star's duet album.

    Megan's television credits include guest-starring roles on Melissa & Joey, Bones, The Closer, Desperate Housewives, CSI, Shark, Ugly Betty, Eli Stone, and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Film credits include Bitter Feast and the short film The Happiest Man Alive, opposite Justin Chambers.


    Ryan Silverman


    A native of Alberta, Canada, Ryan Silverman most recently starred as Raoul in the Broadway and Las Vegas productions of ThePhantom of the Opera. Other New York credits include Karl  in the Encores! production of Music in the Air at New York City Center, the Broadway production of Cry-Baby, and Al in The Most Happy Fella at New York City Opera. His portrayal of Tony in the Olivier-nominated 2008 West End production of West Side Story received universal raves. Ryan's concert appearances include performances with The New York Pops, the Seattle Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Philly Pops, as well as the orchestras of Utah, Vancouver, Edmonton, Modesto, Hartford, and Fort Worth. Cabaret appearances include Feinstein's at Loews Regency and the Café Carlyle. Additional stage credits include Sky in the first national tour of Mamma Mia! and Wicked in Chicago. He is featured in the film Five Minarets in New York with Danny Glover and Gina Gershon. Ryan currently stars opposite Melissa Errico and Judy Kuhn in Classic Stage Company's production of Stephen Sondheim's Passion, directed by John Doyle. Visit ryansilverman.com for additional information.

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Audio

Come Fly With Me
Frank Sinatra
Capitol Records

The Program

 

Good evening, and welcome to The New York Pops' first concert of 2013 here at glorious Carnegie Hall. To our loyal patrons and subscribers, it's great to see you again; if this is your first time joining us, I hope you have a wonderful time tonight.

You are in for a special treat this evening, as we are joined by one of the most talented and beautiful ladies I've ever had the privilege of working with: the incomparable Megan Hilty. Many of you know her for her starring role as the blonde bombshell Ivy Lynn in NBC's hit television show Smash. Others know her for her star turns on Broadway and concert stages across New York City.

Tonight marks Ms. Hilty's debut at Carnegie Hall, as well as her debut with The New York Pops. To celebrate the occasion, we've crafted a program that pays tribute to some of the greatest interpreters of the Great American Songbookfrom Frank Sinatra to Judy Garland to Marilyn Monroe. By the end of the night, I'm sure you'll agree that Megan belongs in their esteemed company. Looking forward to the next chapter of American music, we've also included highlights from Megan's most notable roles.

Also joining us this evening is Broadway veteran and dear friend of The New York Pops Ryan Silverman, who currently stars as Giorgio in Classic Stage Company's revival of Stephen Sondheim's Passion. We're so glad to have Ryan back with the orchestra, to bring some true Rat Pack flair to tonight's concert.

I always find it so exciting to put together new programs with fresh, young talent from right here in New York City. We're able to mix together newer, contemporary music with fresh takes on timeless classics, all performed with the style and sophistication of our incredible New York Pops.

Enjoy!

Steven Reineke

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