Tony Award Winner Sutton Foster Makes Her Solo Carnegie Hall Debut with The New York Pops and Steven Reineke on Friday, March 13
The New York Pops concludes its Carnegie Hall season on Friday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m., honoring Frank Sinatra’s centennial year with a program entitled Let’s Be Frank. Vocalists Tony DeSare, Storm Large, Frankie Moreno, and Ryan Silverman are featured, performing Sinatra’s most memorable hits.
About the Artists
Sutton Foster is an award-winning actor, singer and dancer who has performed in eleven Broadway shows—most recently the revival of Violet—and originated roles in the Broadway productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Young Frankenstein, Shrek The Musical, and her Tony Award-winning performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
She was first seen on television on Star Search at age 15, and has more recently starred in Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Bunheads and appeared in Johnny and the Sprites, Flight of the Concords, Sesame Street, Law and Order: SVU, Psych and Royal Pains.
As a solo artist, Sutton has performed all over the country as well as internationally with her musical director Michael Rafter. Their program has featured songs from her debut solo CD Wish as well as her follow up CD, An Evening With Sutton Foster: Live at the Café Carlyle. She has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, Joe’s Pub and many others.
In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Ball State University where she also is on faculty as a teacher and advisor to the Department of Theatre and Dance.
Named a “Rising Star” Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, Tony DeSare has lived up to the distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles, Tony has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, and The Today Show. Notwithstanding his critically acclaimed turns as a singer / pianist, Tony is also an award-winning composer. He won first place in this year’s USA Songwriting Contest, and has also written the theme song for the motion picture, My Date With Drew, along with several broadcast commercials. Some of Tony’s appearances this season include New York’s 54 Below, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philly Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Stamford Center for the Arts, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The New York Pops and Jazz Roots at the Dr. Philips Center for the Arts in Orlando, Florida.
Storm Large shot to national prominence in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova, where despite having been eliminated in the week before the finale, Storm built a fan base that follows her around the world to this day. Storm spent the 1990s singing in clubs throughout San Francisco. Tired of the club scene, she moved to Portland to pursue a new career as a chef, but a last minute cancellation in 2002 at the Portland club “Dante’s” turned into a standing Wednesday night engagement for Storm and her new band, The Balls. It wasn’t long before Storm had a cult-like following in Portland, and a renewed singing career that was about to be launched onto the international stage. Storm made her debut as guest vocalist with the band Pink Martini in April 2011, singing four sold-out concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She continues to perform with the band, touring nationally and internationally, and she was featured on their CD, Get Happy. Storm has also sung with k.d. lang, Kirill Gerstein, John Doe, Rufus Wainwright, and George Clinton.
Storm’s autobiographical musical memoir, Crazy Enough, played to packed houses in 2009 during its unprecedented 21-week sold out run in Portland. She went on to perform a cabaret version of the show to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival in Australia, and Joe’s Pub in New York. Her memoir, Crazy Enough, was released by Simon and Schuster in 2012 and was named Oprah’s Book of the Week. Storm is featured in Rid of Me, a film by Portlander James Westby, and starred at the Mark Taper Forum in Jerry Zak’s production of Harps and Angels, a musical featuring the work of Randy Newman. She is currently creating a new musical with The Public Theater in New York City.
Frankie Moreno started as a child prodigy pianist and was first introduced to American audiences at the age of ten with his debut on CBS’s Star Search. Now, named Headliner of the Year in Las Vegas, making national television appearances including a nationwide PBS special “Frankie Moreno in Concert,” and releasing a new album, Frankie is capturing the attention of millions. Frankie is currently collaborating on new music with producer, engineer, and guitar legend Pat Thrall. Frankie’s last collaboration for Sony Records with world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell reached number one on the Billboard Charts in two categories. Frankie played a nationwide tour with Grammy-nominated artist Billy Currington and country superstars Sugarland and also joined multi-platinum artists Air Supply for their world tour as musical director. He wrote their latest radio single “Dance With Me” which reached the Top 40 on the Billboard Charts. In 2013, Frankie’s performance on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars brought him into America’s living rooms again where he performed his hit “Tangerine Honey.” He most recently performed at the Hollywood Bowl with Joshua Bell.
Ryan Silverman recently received critical acclaim for his starring role in the Broadway production of Side Show and received Drama Desk and Drama League nominations for his role as Giorgio in Classic Stage Company’s production of Passion. Ryan’s additional Broadway credits include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, and Cry Baby. Ryan also starred as Lancelot in Camelot and as Terry Connor in Side Show at The Kennedy Center; and has been featured as Karl in Music in the Air at City Center Encores!; Al in The Most Happy Fella at New York City Opera; Tony in the Olivier-nominated 2008 West End production of West Side Story; and Sky in the first national tour of Mamma Mia! Ryan has performed his club act at the Café Carlyle for a month long residency and at Feinstein’s at the Regency. Concert performances have included The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, the Seattle Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, Philadelphia Pops and Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, The Cincinnati Pops, Utah Symphony, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Edmonton Symphony, among others.
Steven Reineke is the Music Director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Principal Pops Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Principal Pops Conductor Designate for the Houston Symphony, beginning in the 2017-2018 season. Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. As the creator of more than one hundred orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, where he served as Associate Conductor, 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. 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 with his husband Eric Gabbard.
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. Under the leadership of dynamic Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, The New York Pops continues to re-imagine orchestral pops music. The orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall. The New York Pops 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. PopsEd allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional education with pure fun.
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