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Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with Conductor Keith Lockhart Celebrates Leonard Bernsteinís 90th Birthday at the Kimmel Center, August 20
July 24, 2008


Photo: Michael Lutch
Kimmel Center Presents 2008/09 Season Sponsored by Citi

Bernstein on Broadway Captures the Magic of Americaís Most Memorable Broadway Hit Musicals

Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with Conductor Keith Lockhart returns to the Kimmel Center for an annual summer concert to celebrate the 90th birthday of the late Leonard Bernstein on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 8pm in Verizon Hall. Maestro Lockhart continues the rich traditions of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, conducting a dynamic three-part program, "Make Mine Bernstein," that reflects on one of the most influential figures who developed American classical music and Broadway hit musicals of the 20th century. Guest vocalists include soprano Rachel Schutz, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Jo Loeb, tenor Chad Johnson and baritones Christopher Herbert and Matthew Worth.

The concert begins with the symphonic tribute "For Lenny" arranged by Boston Pops Laureate Conductor John Williams; three dance variations from the ballet Fancy Free and the Suite from On the Waterfront; followed by Bernstein on Broadway including excerpts from the Broadway musicals On the Town (1944), Wonderful Town (1953), West Side Story (1957) and Candide (1956). Additional selections will be announced from stage.

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Since its introduction in 1885, the versatile Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra continues to fulfill its mission to provide "concerts of a lighter kind of music" with a combination of light-hearted classical music, tunes from current musical theater hits and occasional novelty numbers. The orchestra of Boston-based musicians, along with the Boston Pops Orchestra, has made numerous television appearances and represents the city of Boston on tour. Music Director Keith Lockhart has led the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra on 30 national tours as well as throughout Japan and Korea. The Fourth of July concert featuring the Esplanade ensemble at the Hatch Shell in Boston is regularly broadcast nationwide.

Conductor of the Boston Pops orchestras since February 1995, Keith Lockhart has conducted more than 1,000 concerts with 65 more adapted for television, including 38 new programs for PBSí "Evening at Pops." The charismatic leader has broadened the Boston Popsí repertoire to include Grammy®-nominated The Celtic Album (1998) and Latin Grammy®-nominated The Latin Album (2000), among numerous other recordings. He has tapped into new audiences with the recent launch of the first internet television program, an online broadcast of the Boston Popsí "Oscar and Tony" program; as well as performances at the Superbowl XXXVI, 30 national tours, four overseas tours of Japan and Korea, and in Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall.

Lockhart has also served as music director of the Utah Symphony since 1998 and will conclude his tenure with the 2008-2009 season. He will then spend the next two seasons as laureate conductor, conducting several programs a year. In recognition of his work, Lockhart was honored with the Bob Hope Patriot Award in October 2006. He has served as guest conductor the major symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, and more.

Welsh-born soprano Rachel Schutz made her Boston Pops debut in 2006 singing "Glitter and Be Gay" from Bernsteinís Candide. Her 2008 engagements include Straussí Bretano Lieder with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra under Leon Botstein, Honeggerís King David with the Dessoff Choirs and James Bagwell, a recital entitled "Heroines of Goethe and Shakespeare" at Bard College and Boston Pops tour performances. Operatic roles include St. Settlement in Bardís staged premiere of the one-act version of Four Saints in Three Acts, Euridice in Gluckís Orpheus ed Euridice with the Berkshire Bach Society, and Sophie in a concert version of Der Rosenavalier with the New Opera Company.

A graduate diploma candidate at the Juilliard School under Edith Bers, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Jo Loeb has sung the Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Madama Brillante in Cimarosaís Líitaliana in Londra, Dorothťe in Cendrillon, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, Elmire in Tartuffe, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel and Paquette in Candide alongside Frederica von Stade. In 2006, Loeb was a Bonfils-Stanton Apprentice at Central City Opera. She was the most recent first place winner of the Lotte Lenya competition in Rochester, NY. Loeb recently made her Broadway debut in a benefit entitled "The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim," performing alongside Angela Lansbury, Deborah Monk and other Broadway veterans and current stars.

Tenor Chad Johnsonís recent engagements include Alfredo in La Traviata with Mobile Opera, Ruggero in La Rondine with Lyric Opera of San Diego, Ralph in HMS Pinafore with Nashville Opera, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte with Sarasota Opera, Paolino in Il matrimonio segreto at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mozartís Requiem with the Atlanta Symphony and the world premiere of a new oratorio, Blizzard Voices, with Opera Omaha. Johnson has sung Ferrando with the Tanglewood Music Center under James Levine and with the Connecticut Opera. Other recent engagements have taken him to Spokane Opera, Glimmerglass Opera and Wichita Grand Opera. He has also been heard on NPRís "World of Opera" in several roles from Glimmerglass Opera.

Baritone Christopher Herbert recently won an Encouragement Award from the Sullivan Foundation. Additionally, he recently garnered third prize in the Kurt Weill Foundationís Lotte Lenya Competition and was a finalist in the Liederkranz Foundation Competition. In 2007, Herbert sang Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas with the Mark Morris Dance Group. His 2008 engagements include singing Pluto in Orpheus in the Underworld at Baltimoreís Opera Vivente, Carmina burana with the Dartmouth Chorale, concerts and recitals in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and California, and a summer fellowship at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Herbert has been a Young Concert Artists International semifinalist, a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow and a Central City Opera Young Artist.

Baritone Matthew Worth was a winner of a 2008 Sullivan Foundation Award. Upcoming performances include the title role in Owen Wingrave, Mercutio in Romťo et Juliette, Danilo in The Merry Widow, Belcore in Líelisir díamore, and Ernesto in Haydnís Il mondo della luna. Highlights of recent seasons include Cosi fan tutte with James Levine as a 2007 Tanglewood Music Center Fellow, The Rape of Lucretia with Lorin Maazel, and the world premieres of Stephen Hartkeís The Greater Good, or the Passion of Boule de Suif at Glimmerglass Opera and Lowell Liebermannís Miss Lonelyhearts at the Julliard Opera Center. Worth is the recipient of a 2006 Richard F. Gold Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, the 2006 DeRosa Career Grant, and a grant in 2006 from the Julian Autrey Song Foundation.

Kimmel Center Presentsí 2008/2009 Season is sponsored by Citi. The Great Orchestra Series is supported by ARCWheeler. Additional support is provided by the University of Pennsylvania Health System, American Express, and Interpark. American Airlines is the Official Airline of Kimmel Center Presents. In-kind support is generously provided by Deloitte. NBC-10 is a media partner for Kimmel Center Presents.

Free in the Plaza programming and subsidized tickets offered to the community and social service groups for $10 are made possible through the Wachovia Gateway to the Arts Community Access Program, supported by a generous grant from the Wachovia Foundation.

The Kimmel Center is the recipient of partnership funding through the nationally recognized PNC "Grow Up Great" initiative, a ten-year, $100 million investment in preparing children for success in school and life. Funding gives support to the Kimmel Centerís early childhood program "Bop and Swing", an arts program for children 1-5 years old, designed to promote an appreciation for American culture.

KIMMEL CENTER PRESENTS SPONSORED BY CITI

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 | 8pm
Verizon Hall
World & Pop Series

Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
ďMake Mine BernsteinĒ

Keith Lockhart, conductor

Guest vocalists:
Rachel Schutz
, soprano
Rebecca Jo Loeb, mezzo-soprano
Chad Johnson, tenor
Christopher Herbert, baritone
Matthew Worth, baritone

WILLIAMS: For Lenny
BERNSTEIN: Three Dance Variations from Fancy Free
BERNSTEIN: Suite from On the Waterfront

"Bernstein on Broadway"

Selections to be announced from the stage, including excerpts from:
On the Town (1944; lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green)
Wonderful Town (1953; lyrics by Comden and Green)
West Side Story (1957; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim)
Candide (1956; lyrics by John Latouche and Richard Wilbur)

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