• Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013

    The New York Pops Celebrates Stephen Schwartz's 65th Birthday and the Tenth Anniversary of His Hit Musical Wicked with Program Entitled The Wizard and I on Friday, April 12 at Carnegie Hall 

    Broadway Stars Jeremy Jordan, Norm Lewis, Julia Murney, and Jennifer Laura Thompson Join The Orchestra To Perform Schwartz’s Notable Compositions for Stage and Screen 
    Photo of Steven Reineke © Michael Tammaro 
    On Friday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, The New York Pops under the direction of Music Director Steven Reineke honors lyricist and composer Stephen Schwartz and his significant musical contributions to theater, film, opera, and television with the program, The Wizard and I: The Musical Journey of Stephen Schwartz. The concert at Carnegie Hall commemorates both Schwartz’s 65th birthday and the tenth anniversary of his hit musical Wicked and features a host of star-studded guest performances including celebrated Broadway stars Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, NBC’s Smash), Norm Lewis (The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess), Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party), and Jennifer Laura Thompson (Urinetown, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Wicked). Essential Voices USA, led by Music Director and Conductor, Judith Clurman, is also featured on the program. The concert marks The New York Pops’ final performance of its 2012–2013 Carnegie Hall concert series.

    The Wizard and I: The Musical Journey of Stephen Schwartz will showcase Schwartz's prolific career from stage and screen and will include works such as “Magic To Do” (Pippin), “Colors of the Wind” (Pocahontas), and “The Spark of Creation” (Children of Eden) as well as songs from Wicked, including “The Wizard and I,” “For Good,” and many more.

    In addition to Wicked, Stephen Schwartz’s extensive musical theater compositions include Godspell, which garnered him two Grammy Awards; Pippin, which will be revived on Broadway this spring; The Baker’s Wife; Working; and Children of Eden. Mr. Schwartz is the only songwriter in Broadway history to have three shows run for more than 1900 performances. In collaboration with composer Alan Menken, Mr. Schwartz also penned the scores for the Disney animated films Pocahontas, which earned him two Academy Awards and a Grammy Award, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the recent Enchanted. He also penned songs for DreamWorks’ first animated feature, The Prince of Egypt, for which he won an Academy Award for the song “When You Believe.” His first opera, Séance on a Wet Afternoon premiered at Opera Santa Barbara in the fall of 2009 and was recently produced by New York City Opera.

    About the Artists
    Singer and actor Jeremy Jordan—currently appearing in NBC's hit musical drama Smash—got his professional start in 2009 as the understudy to the lead in Broadway's Rock of Ages. Jordan then went on to star as Tony in the Broadway revival of West Side Story. In 2011, he starred as Clyde Barrow in the new Broadway musical Bonnie & Clyde by Frank Wildhorn and Don Black. Most recently, he originated the role of Jack Kelly in the Tony-nominated Broadway show Newsies for which he received a Tony Award nomination.

    Norm Lewis is known as a versatile performer, and has been seen in films, on television, and in concert halls around the country and the world. Lewis’s Broadway credits include the title role of Porgy in The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess with Audra McDonald (for which he received a Tony Award nomination), Sondheim on Sondheim with Vanessa Williams and Barbara Cook; King Triton in The Little Mermaid; Javert in Les Miserables; Billy Flynn in Chicago; and Eddie in Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party, among others.

    Julia Murney’s most recently appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked after performing the role on the national tour. Her additional credits include performances in Lennon, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (Drama Desk nomination), Falling, The Vagina Monologues, A Class Act, Saved, Crimes of the Heart, Queen of the Mist, Closer Than Ever, and Time and Again (Lucille Lortel nomination). Murney has been seen regionally throughout the country, including appearances at Signature Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Sacramento Music Circus, and Goodspeed Opera House. Concert engagements have included performances at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Feinstein’s, The Kennedy Center, Caramoor, Town Hall, and Birdland, and with the Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Boston Pops orchestras.

    Jennifer Laura Thompson originated the role of Hope Cladwell in the Broadway production of Urinetown and received a Tony Award nomination for her performance. Her other Broadway credits include Ariel Moore in the original cast of Footloose; Glinda in Wicked; and Diana in Lend me a Tenor. She currently appears in Nice Work if You Can Get It with Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara. Other engagements have included several concerts with Encores! at New York City Center and guest appearances with symphonies across the United States and Europe.

    Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA (EVUSA), one of New York’s preeminent choral ensembles, brings together a roster of seasoned professionals and auditioned volunteers. With this unique choral model, created by Clurman, the size of the ensemble is constantly changing, dictated by the specific musical needs of each project. Currently in residence with The New York Pops on Carnegie Hall’s subscription series, EVUSA is no stranger to New York’s iconic performance venues; the group produces its own classical concerts, workshops, and recordings at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, and participated in the Leonard Bernstein Celebration at Symphony Space in 2010. EVUSA also regularly participates in The Composer Speaks, a series of concerts in workshop format, created and moderated by Clurman, which has included the music of Larry Hochman, Bruce Ruben, Paul Schoenfield, Shulamit Ran, and Joshua Schmidt. Increasing its reach beyond New York, EVUSA was featured on NBC’s national broadcasts of the 2011 and 2012 Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting. The chorus’ collaboration on Clurman’s critically acclaimed CD Celebrating The American Spirit (Sono Luminus), which includes the voices of Kelli O’Hara and Ron Raines, was featured on NPR on Inauguration Day 2013. The group also recorded the song “The Music In My Mind” for Marvin Hamlisch’s children’s book, Marvin Makes Music. EVUSA recently performed a “Sing Out Mr. President” Sing-Along at the “Church of the Presidents,” in Washington DC. Clurman also conducted student members of EVUSA at the Washington National Cathedral in a recording of “Peace” by Howard Shore, with words by Eleanor Roosevelt. Still to come for EVUSA is a performance and recording of Mozart’s “Raunchy Canons.”

    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 D.C. Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and in the past year he conducted the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton and Detroit. As the creator of more than one hundred 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. 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.

    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 and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall, enjoying one of their highest subscription renewal rates. The New York Pops was founded by Skitch Henderson in 1983 with a mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America’s rich musical heritage. Along with performing at Carnegie Hall, The New York Pops tours throughout the world and gives free concerts in New York City parks. The New York Pops’ extensive education programs allow thousands of public schoolchildren to participate in concert and music-making experiences at Carnegie Hall and in schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

    Program Information
    Friday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    THE NEW YORK POPS

    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
    Jeremy Jordan, Guest Artist
    Norm Lewis, Guest Artist
    Julia Murney, Guest Artist
    Jennifer Laura Thompson, Guest Artist
    Essential Voices USA
    Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor

    THE WIZARD AND I: THE MUSICAL JOURNEY OF STEPHEN SCHWARTZ

    Sponsored by KPMG LLP

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced $37 – $112, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts. Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change. 
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