Putting it Together: A Sondheim and Bernstein Revue with Jeff Tyzik at 11:00 AM

Putting it Together: A Sondheim and Bernstein Revue with Jeff Tyzik at 11:00 AM

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

In preparation for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s upcoming concerts on April 26 and 27, "Sondheim and Bernstein on Broadway", join host Robert Hammond and the RPO’s principle pops conductor Jeff Tyzik for a Sondheim and Bernstein revue. Among others, songs from West Side Story, Candide, Company, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Follies, and Sunday in the Park with George will be featured. Guest soloists at the concerts, Lisa Vroman and J. Mark McVey, will be showcased.

Lisa Vroman

From Broadway to classics, on stage and in concert, Lisa Vroman has established herself as one of America's most versatile voices. Among her extensive repertoire, Vroman starred on Broadway, in San Francisco, and Los Angeles as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera.

For PBS, she played Johanna in Sweeney Todd in Concert (Patti Lupone, George Hearn) and was Christine Daaé in the London Royal Gala Hey, Mr. Producer! opposite Colm Wilkinson and Michael Ball. Vroman is a regular guest artist with symphonies including San Francisco, Cleveland, Hong Kong, Philadelphia, Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit, as well as Boston Pops (Keith Lockhart), Philly Pops (Peter Nero), and New York Pops (Carnegie Hall). This season included symphony concerts in Taipei, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Paris. This is her RPO debut.
   
Her many opera roles include Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus (New Jersey Opera); Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella (New York City Opera): Marion Paroo in The Music Man (with Shirley Jones and Patrick Cassidy); Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate (Glimmerglass Opera/St. Louis Muny); Anna Leonowens in The King and I (Lyric Opera of Virginia); Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Yum Yum in The Mikado and Anna 1 in The Seven Deadly Sins (Utah Opera). She played both Fantine and Cosette in Les Misérables.
   
Vroman received her undergraduate degree in music education from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, an MFA at Carnegie Mellon University, and her doctorate of music from SUNY Potsdam. For more information, visit lisavroman.com.

Mark McVey

J. Mark McVey made his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables after winning the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor while in Washington, D.C. The first American to perform Valjean in London's West End, he also reprised the role in a staged concert version with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to sold-out crowds at the Hollywood Bowl. In 2011, McVey reprised the role in the 25th Anniversary Tour of Les Misérables where he won the Ovation and Broadway.com awards.

McVey made his Carnegie Hall debut with Marvin Hamlisch and continues to perform with numerous orchestras around the country and the world. This is his RPO debut.

His television credits include America's Got Talent, Days of Our Lives, and several PBS features, including one with the Boston Pops, a Christmas special for the U.S. Military Troops with Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra, and A Tale of Two Cities in Concert.

Other Broadway and New York credits include Captain Walker in The Who's Tommy, Tommy Tunes' The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Chess, Hey Love, A Helluva Town, The Show Goes On with Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, starring Margaret Whiting., and Hal Prince’s revival of Showboat .

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