Be in the room where it happens – Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell in Hartford, when Hamilton superstar Leslie Odom Jr. takes the stage with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra! Don’t miss Leslie Odom, Jr. In Concert, an evening of holiday tunes, classics, and Broadway hits, on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information.
This concert is part of the 2018-2019 HSO POPS! Series, and will be led by Music Director, Carolyn Kuan. Concert sponsor is Harvey & Lewis.
Leslie Odom, Jr. took the Broadway world by storm when he originated the role of Aaron Burr in the blockbuster musical Hamilton and won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Since making his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in Rent, his impressive career has spanned television, film and theater, recently starring in the major motion picture Murder on the Orient Express.
The 2018-2019 POPS! Series is sponsored by United Technologies. The 75th Anniversary Lead Sponsor is the Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The 75th Anniversary Season Supporting Sponsor is Cly-Del Manufacturing Co.
About Leslie Odom, Jr.
Leslie Odom, Jr. won a Grammy Award as principal soloist on Hamilton’s Original Broadway Cast Recording, which won the 2015 award for Best Musical Theater Album. He originated the role of ‘Burr’ in a sold-out run of Hamilton at The Public Theatre in 2015, and earned a 2016 Tony Award for Leading Actor in a Musical, a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical.
Odom, Jr. made his Broadway debut at the age of 17 in Rent before attending Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious School of Drama, where he graduated with honors. He is the recipient of a 2002 Princess Grace Award for Acting, which is dedicated to identifying emerging talent in theater, dance and film.
Additional theatre credits include Leap of Faith on Broadway, for which he won the 2012 Astaire Award for Outstanding Male Dancer on Broadway and was nominated for a Drama League Award; the 2014 musical Venice, which also played at The Public Theater; and the Encores! Off Center production of Tick, Tick… Boom!, which was his first time working with Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
On the small screen, Odom, Jr. is best known for his portrayal of ‘Sam Strickland’ in the NBC musical series “Smash,” and his recurring role as ‘Reverend Curtis Scott’ on “Law & Order: SVU.” On the big screen he starred in the 2012 film, Red Tails, as well as the 2017 mystery drama, Murder on the Orient Express. He has two albums, “Leslie Odom, Jr.” and “Simply Christmas.”
LESLIE ODOM JR., IN CONCERT
Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 7:30pm
Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell
Tickets starting at $35.50
860-987-5900 or www.hartfordsymphony.org
HSO programs are funded part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign, 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.
About the Hartford Symphony Orchestra
The mission of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is to enrich lives and community through great music. Marking its 75th Anniversary Season in 2018-2019, the HSO is Connecticut’s premier musical organization, the second largest orchestra in New England, and widely recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra named Carolyn Kuan as its tenth music director in January 2011; she is the first woman and youngest person to hold this title. The HSO captivates and inspires audiences of all ages by presenting more than 100 concerts annually, including the Masterworks Series, POPS! Series, Sunday Serenades, Discovery Concerts, Symphony in Schools, Musical Dialogues, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, and more. The HSO aims to deliver uniquely powerful and emotional experiences that lift and transform the spirit, and to give back and help create vibrant communities in the Greater Hartford area.