Jack Everly, conductor
Jack Everly is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Baltimore and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras, the Naples Philharmonic, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Music Director of the National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth
on PBS. This season he made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut at the Hollywood Bowl, returned to The Cleveland Orchestra and appears as guest conductor in Pittsburgh, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. Originally appointed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mr. Everly was conductor of the American Ballet Theatre for 14 years, where he served as Music Director. In addition to his ABT tenure, he has teamed with Marvin Hamlisch in Broadway shows that Mr. Hamlisch scored including, The Goodbye Girl, They’re Playing Our Song
, and A Chorus Line
. He conducted Carol Channing hundreds of times in Hello, Dolly!
in two separate Broadway productions.
Mr. Everly has conducted the songs for Disney’s animated classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
, and led the Czech Philharmonic on the recordings: In the Presence
, featuring tenor Daniel Rodriguez and Sandi Patty’s 2011 release Broadway Stories
. He also conducted the critically praised Everything’s Coming Up Roses: The Complete Overtures of Broadway’s Jule Styne
, and was music director for numerous Broadway cast recordings. In 1998, Jack Everly created the Symphonic Pops Consortium, serving as Music Director. The Consortium, based in Indianapolis, produces a new theatrical pops program each season. In the past 12 years, more than 225 performances of SPC programs have taken place across the U.S. and Canada, including Mysterioso: Music, Magic & Mayhem
. Maestro Everly holds an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Franklin College in his home state of Indiana. When not on the podium or arranging, Maestro Everly indulges in his love for films, Häagen-Dazs, and a pooch named Max.
NaTasha Yvette Williams
, currently playing Mariah in The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess
on Broadway, has been a featured singer with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Naples Philharmonic, and The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. On Broadway: The Color Purple
(Sofia), Dessa Rose at Lincoln Center. She was Mammy in Trevor Nunn’s London West End production of Gone With the Wind
. National Tours: Xanadu
(Melponmene), The Drowsy Chaperone
(Trix the Aviatrix), All Shook Up
(Sylvia), Seussical the Musical
(Sour Kangaroo), Cinderella
(Grace), Parade, The Goodbye Girl
(Mrs. Crosby). Selected Regional credits: Velma and Mabel in Crowns
at Arkansas Repertory Theater and Arena Stage respectively. MoterMouth Maybelle in Hairspray
at Papermill Playhouse, Mahalia in Mahalia
at the Cleveland Playhouse, and Ain’t Misbehavin’
at Papermill Playhouse. NaTasha was the first Kraft foods New Voice of Gospel Winner. NaTasha’s CDs are available at www.digstation.com
. For more information, please visit her website at www.natashayvettewilliams.com
Singer, pianist and songwriter Tony DeSare
– whose third CD Radio Show
was recently released by Telarc Records– was named a “Rising Star” Male Vocalist in the 2009 Downbeat
Critics Poll. He has won critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout the United States as well as in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. He launched his international tour with three weeks at the Algonquin Hotel’s Oak Room in New York, two weeks in London, then continues on to cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, St. Louis and Palm Beach. “Let’s Just Stay In,” one of the CD’s original songs, is featured in the 20th Century Fox film Tooth Fairy
, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ashley Judd, Billy Crystal and Julie Andrews.
“With his dark hair, bright brown eyes and toothpaste smile that rarely fades,” raved The New York Times
, “DeSare is one of the most promising young male performers. He is a Sinatra acolyte in his early 30s who sings Prince as well as Johnny Mercer.” According to USA Today
, “DeSare belongs to a group of neo-traditional upstarts stretching from Harry Connick Jr, to Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum. DeSare covers old and newer pop and jazz standards without smothering or over-thinking the material.”
Tony DeSare performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness, and robust musicality. His takes on classic standards and sophisticated original compositions have earned him a reputation as one of country’s hottest young singer/pianists. His sound is romantic, swinging and sensual, but what sets Tony apart is his ability to write original material that sounds fresh and at the same time blends seamlessly with the Great American Songbook. Tony has the capability to glide from a standard by George Gershwin to a contemporary classic by Bob Dylan or Phil Collins to one of his inventive original songs with ease.
He was personally selected by Sam Arlen, son of Harold Arlen, the composer of classic songs like “Over The Rainbow,” “Get Happy,” and “Stormy Weather,” to perform with the Duke Ellington Orchestra at Birdland for the recent Harold Arlen Centennial. His new big band show was presented by Saturday Night Live
alum Joe Piscopo in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Tony was born and raised in Glens Falls, New York to a musical family and began singing and playing professionally at 17. By the time Tony started college, he had opened for visiting headliners and built a large regional following playing to packed houses. The Tony DeSare Trio was one of the most popular bands in central New York State while Tony attended Ithaca College. Tony and his band continually sold out shows in clubs and showcases throughout upstate New York. He took first place in the “IC Showcase,” a college sponsored national battle of the bands and was a semi-finalist in the MasterCardActs, a national talent search for college performers.
Shortly after moving to New York City in 1999, Tony was cast as the star of the long running Off-Broadway musical smash, Our Sinatra
, in which he was praised by Variety
for his “dapper charm.” In the fall of 2002, Tony performed at the legendary Apollo Theater where he first met jazz guitar icon Bucky Pizzarelli. Since then, Bucky has continued to perform with Tony’s band around the country. Tony was also featured in New York TV personality Bill Boggs’s Off Broadway show Talk Show Confidential at the John Houseman Theater.
DeSare’s noted versatility enables him to headline a variety of venues. He has performed at major jazz rooms like Birdland and the Blue Note with his quartet; posh nightclubs like the Café Carlyle and Feinstein’s at the Regency; with his big band in concert halls like Jazz at Lincoln Center; or with a 60-piece orchestra.
is a native of Watertown, New York with an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and a graduate degree from UNC-Greensboro. He has been seen as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera
, on Broadway, the National Tour, and Phantom, The Las Vegas Spectacular
. Ted has performed the role in over 24 states across the country. He has had the great pleasure of appearing as The Phantom on television, performing live from Rockefeller Center for the Today Show
on NBC. He has the distinction of being the actor who has sung the role in front of the largest audience ever, when he made a spectacular flying entrance from the dome of Madison Square Garden singing The Phantom of the Opera
during the half-time show of the NBA All-Star Game. Ted was deeply involved in the George Gershwin Centennial Celebration. He performed unpublished Gershwin at the opening of the George and Ira Gershwin Room at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., which The New York Times
reviewed as one of the ten best musical events of the year. Ted has also sung Gershwin with Audra McDonald in New York and with Marin Mazzie at the opening of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He appeared in the Frank Loesser Celebration at Symphony Space in New York City and was a soloist at the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, singing Unheard Bernstein
. Ted hosted the Yuletide Celebration in Indianapolis, singing with the 90-piece Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. A few of the orchestras Ted has performed with as a solo performer include the Detroit, Syracuse, Charleston, WV, Portland, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Omaha, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Fort Worth, and Rockford Symphonies and the Dayton Philharmonic, as well as the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. Ted made his Broadway debut in the highly acclaimed revival of Sweeney Todd
, where he was seen as Anthony. Other Broadway and National Tour credits include Cyrano: The Musical
, Mordred in Camelot
with Robert Goulet, Freddy in My Fair Lady
, Herman in The Most Happy Fella
, Kander and Ebb’s The World Goes ‘Round
and another Phantom, too – in the European Tour of the Kopit/Yeston version. Ted’s first sold CD, Ted Keegan Sings
is available in stores and at iTunes.
is currently starring on Broadway, playing the role of Donna, in the hit musical, Mamma Mia!
Previously, she played the role of Tanya for 7 1/2 years on Broadway. She received critical acclaim for her performance as Vienna in Johnny Guitar
Off-Broadway (Drama Desk Nomination and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance in the Theater). She can be seen as Donna in the feature film Were the World Mine
. Ms. McLane has appeared on Broadway in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Aspects of Love
, and Chess
. Her national and international tours include the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods,
the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
with Donny Osmond, Mrs. Baskin in Big
, and Side By Side
By Sondheim. Other favourite roles include: Diana in Next to Normal
(Pioneer Theater), Phyllis in Follies
(Signature Theater, Helen Hayes nomination), Eva Peron in Evita
, the title character in Victor/Victoria
, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha
, Luisa in Nine
, Nancy in Oliver!
, Florence in Chess
, Lily in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
(Paper Mill Playhouse), Fiona in Brigadoon
, (St. Louis Muny), , Rebecca in Rags
(American Musical Theater of San Jose), Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar
(Sacramento Music Circus), and Lucy in Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde
(Casa Manana). Ms. McLane has performed as a soloist with many symphony orchestras including the Bolshoi Orchestra in Moscow, the National Orchestra of Lyon, France, National Symphony Orchestra in D.C., National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Ft. Worth, Indianapolis, Memphis, Milwaukee, Naples, Oklahoma City, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Seattle, St. Louis, Southwest Florida, Toronto, and Chuatauqua Symphony Orchestras, and Chess in Concert
at Carnegie Hall. She can be heard on the recordings of Johnny Guitar
and Sundance the Musical
is a Grammy® Award winning vocalist/songwriter/producer who has been singing professionally for over 10 years as a member of internationally renowned vocal groups Chapter 6 and m-pact. A recent transplant to Los Angeles, CA, his soulful tenor voice can be heard in a variety of mediums; from movies and television shows, to bands and studio recordings.
He has been featured in the SPC's “The 1950's: The Golden Age of Black & White", "Disco Days and Boogie Nights", and the Indianapolis Symphony's "Yuletide Celebration". Overjoyed to once again be under the masterful direction of Maestro Jack Everly, Jarrett is excited to pay homage to such an iconic era of music featuring one of America's greatest musical influences, Irving Berlin.