HARTFORD, May 20, 2014 – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will close out the 2013-2014 POPS! Series with Do You Hear the People Sing? on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Do You Hear the People Sing? celebrates the music of two of the world’s most prolific writers of musical theatre, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, in an epic Broadway-style event. Led by guest conductor Kevin Stites, this ultimate concert experience will include music from Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, The Pirate Queen, and many more, and will feature performances by guest vocalists Eric Kunze, Jeff McCarthy, Jennifer Paz, Kathy Voytko, and Marie Zamora plus the monumental vocal forces of the Hartford Chorale.
Eric Kunze recently received an IRNE Award for his performance as “The Man” in the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind. Prior to that he starred in the title role of the national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar (with Carl Anderson). His Broadway credits include “Marius” in Les Misérables (opposite Lea Salonga), “Chris” in Miss Saigon and “Joe Hardy” in Damn Yankees (with Jerry Lewis), was recently “Prince Eric” in the West Coast premiere of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Eric has recently performed with The Vancouver Symphony, The Cincinnati Pops, The Detroit Symphony, and The Kennedy Center with The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Jeff McCarthy’s Broadway performing credits include Chicago (Billy Flynn), The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (Grinch), Urinetown (Lockstock), The Pirate Queen (Dubdhara), Side Show (Terry), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Smile (Big Bob), Zorba (Niko), Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King) L.A.: Les Misérables (Javert), The Three Sisters (Vershinin), Search and Destroy (Martin), A Little Night Music (Frederick), and City of Angels (Stone). His TV and film credits include “The Good Wife,” “Schweitzer,” “Star Trek: TNG” and “Voyager,” “Ed,” “Law & Order(s),” “Cheers,” “Designing Women,” “L.A. Law,” “In the Heat of the Night,” Starting Out in the Evening, Consent, RoboCop 2, Eve of Destruction, Rapid Fire, and Cliffhanger.
Jennifer Paz’s Broadway, tour, regional and international credits include the 10th Anniversary Broadway company of Les Misérables, Miss Saigon (Kim, original cast 1st National Broadway Tour, Helen Hayes Award nomination, Carbonnell Award), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator, Broadway Asia Tokyo), David Henry Hwang’s newly adapted Flower Drum Song (Mei-Li, pre-Broadway Mark Taper Forum), The Last Five Years (Cathy, 2009 LA Ovation Award nomination), Cinderella (Cinderella, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Songs for a New World (LA Premiere, LA Ovation Award nomination), and The Fantasticks (Luisa, Singapore Repertory Theatre).
Kathy Voytko appeared on Broadway in Oklahoma!, and Nine starring Antonio Banderas and Chita Rivera, originated the role of Ariadne opposite Nathan Lane in the The Frogs, standby Diana in the Pulitzer Prize winning Next to Normal, and the standby Grania in The Pirate Queen. She has toured the US as Christine Daae in The Phantom Of The Opera, soloist in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and was chosen by Hal Prince to play Eva Peron in the 25th anniversary tour of Evita.
As a singer and actress Marie Zamora has performed principal roles across the globe, including the Paris Cosette in Les Misérables, Kate in Kiss Me, Kate, Sina Marnis in Pirandello’s Les Nouvelles de Sicile, Mrs. Barnum in Barnum, Cornelia in La Comtesse Dracula and Eugénie in Le Voyage de Mozart à Prague. She has appeared in the films Une Volée d’Escalier directed by Dominique Tabuteau, Cassandra’s Dream directed by Woody Allen and in a flash cameo in the film of Les Misérables. She is the female lead in the award winning Pizza Verdi, a short film directed by Gary Nadeau co-starring Norm Lewis.
Celebrating its 42nd season in 2013-2014, the Hartford Chorale has, through the years, become Greater Hartford’s primary symphonic chorus, especially in its critically acclaimed collaborations with the Hartford, New Haven, New Britain and Hartt School Symphonies. Established in 1972 by founding director Henley Denmead, and under the musical direction of Maestro Richard Coffey since 2005, the chorale reaches out to and inspires the widest possible audience with exceptional performances of a broad range of choral literature, including the renowned choral masterpieces.
Conductor Kevin Stites recently served as Music Director/Conductor for Titanic In Concert, with members of the original Broadway cast, and a 250-voice choir with the New York City Chamber Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, and served as Music Director/Pianist for Deborah Voigt’s Voigt Lessons in Boston. He also conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in concert with Kristin Chenoweth, as well as conducting two PBS specials for Il Volo, and Music Directing Les Misérables at The Muny in St. Louis. Kevin has served as the Music Director and Conductor for the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Les Misérables as well as the Musical Director for The Producers at the Hollywood Bowl, (directed by Susan Stroman) and Conductor for Perfectly Frank: From Hollywood to Broadway at the Grant Park Music Festival.
POPS! SERIES: DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING?
Saturday, May 31, 2014 ? 7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall ? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Featuring: Eric Kunze, Jeff McCarthy, Jennifer Paz, Kathy Voytko, and Marie Zamora, guest vocalists; Hartford Chorale, Richard Coffey, music director; Kevin Stites, guest conductor
Program: Vocal and instrumental selections from Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, The Pirate Queen, and many more.
Ticket Information: Tickets range in price from $20-$67.50. Student tickets are $10 and $25 tickets are available for patrons age 40 and under. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.
This concert is sponsored by Prudential Retirement. The HSO 2013-2014 POPS! Series is presented by United Technologies Corporation. Generous support for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is provided by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.