This preview has been provided by the North Carolina Symphony.
The North Carolina Symphony continues its 2014-15 Pops Series with three performances that feature unforgettable music from the Broadway stage in "Best of Broadway," on Friday, April 17 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 18, at 3 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. Led by Resident Conductor William Henry Curry, the concerts will take place in Meymandi Concert Hall. Also featured will be vocalists Kathy Voytko, Richard Todd Adams, Ron Remke, and Ted Keegan, singing songs from some of Broadway's greatest composers, including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Bernstein, Meredith Willson, Henry Mancini, and more.
Kathy Voytko has been recently performing on Broadway in the 2014 Tony Award-winner A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder. She made her Broadway debut in the original cast of the Oklahoma! revival, starring Andrea Martin and Patrick Wilson, and then the Tony Award-winning Nine, starring Antonio Banderas and Chita Rivera. She played Ariadne in Stephen Sondheim's The Frogs opposite Nathan Lane at Lincoln Center and also appeared in Broadway's The Pirate Queen and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal.
Richard Todd Adams has portrayed some of musical theater's greatest leading men roles, including being one of the only actors in the world to have played both The Phantom and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera and both Jean Valjean and Javert in Les Misérables. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he began his career playing Raoul with both the Los Angeles and National Touring companies of The Phantom of the Opera. He then returned to the National Tour to portray The Phantom in 2008.
Ron Remke was a featured soloist with the renowned 12 Irish Tenors and is a guest artist with symphonies throughout the United States. He is also a sought-after performer on the high seas and has had the privilege of visiting over 70 countries while performing on board the Silver Spirit and the Regent Voyager as their production singer. Select credits include Lead Tenor in The Producers (Westchester Broadway Theater, Pioneer Theater), Hugo in Aspects of Love, Captain Tarnitz in The Student Prince (Media Theater), and Dance Captain of Kiss Me, Kate (U.S. National Tour), among others.
A native of Watertown, New York, Ted Keegan holds degrees from Ithaca College and UNC-Greensboro. He has been seen as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and the National Tour and in Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular. Mr. Keegan has sung with Audra McDonald in New York and with Marin Mazzie at the opening of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Orchestras he has sung with as a solo performer include the Detroit, Syracuse, Portland, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Omaha, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Fort Worth, and Edmonton Symphonies, the Dayton Philharmonic and the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center.
Tickets to the North Carolina Symphony's performances of Best of Broadway range from $30 to $75. Student tickets are $15. For more information, go to the North Carolina Symphony's website at www.ncsymphony.org, or call 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.
Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh.
2014-15 Pops Series partners are CEI: The Digital Office, Synergy Spa, Fifth Third Bank, and Summit Hospitality Group
About the North Carolina Symphony
Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony gives more than 200 performances annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 66 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry, and Associate Conductor David Glover.
Based in downtown Raleigh's spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington — as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year — and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.
April 17-18 Concert/Event Listings:
North Carolina Symphony
Best of Broadway
William Henry Curry, conductor
Richard Todd Adams, vocals
Ted Keegan, vocals
Ron Remke, vocals
Kathy Voytko, vocals
Friday, April 17, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 8 p.m.
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh
ARR. EVERLY: Overture
LEIGH/ARR. HINCHEY: Man of La Mancha
WILDHORN: This is the moment
WEBBER: Jellicle Ball
MANCINI/ARR. STEPHENSON: Le Jazz Hot
ARR. EVERLY: Leading Men Medley
WILLSON/ARR. HAYMAN: Seventy-Six Trombones
WILLSON: Ya Got Trouble
BERNSTEIN/ARR. PERESS: Overture to West Side Story
WEBBER: Don't Cry For Me, Argentina
WEBBER: Music of the Night
SCHONBERG/ARR. BARKER: Les Miserables