ERICH KUNZEL CONDUCTS "TIMELESS BROADWAY"
AT THE TSO
Erich Kunzel, conductor / Elizabeth DeGrazia, soprano /
Geoff Packard, tenor (debut) / Daniel Narducci, baritone /Anna Madgett,
soprano (debut) / Singers from Brampton Music Theatre (debut)
Mississauga Choral Society / October 12 at 8 pm / October
13 at 2 pm & 8 pm / Roy Thomson Hall
Toronto, Ontario – Veteran pops conductor Erich
Kunzel and friends bring to music fans a concert of the most memorable
favourites, featuring the best of Broadway past and present, including tunes
from The Sound of Music, Show Boat, Cats, Chicago, Phantom of the
Opera, West Side Story, Cabaret, Kiss Me Kate, and Oklahoma!
Newcomer Anna Madgett can be currently seen down the street in the current
production of Mamma Mia!.
Erich Kunzel is perhaps one of the most well-known pops
conductors on the planet. He put Cincinnati on the map by way of a very long
and fruitful relationship with its Pops orchestra. In 1965, Mr. Kunzel first
conducted the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Music Hall. When the CSO
Board of Trustees officially established the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra in
1977, Erich Kunzel was named the orchestra’s Conductor. He has since led the
ensemble to unprecedented success with music lovers worldwide who have
discovered the CPO through tour performances, television programs and
best-selling Telarc recordings. Erich Kunzel is the most successful
Billboard Classical Crossover recording artist in history. In 1991,
Billboard named him the Classical Crossover Artist of the Year for an
unprecedented fourth consecutive year. Of the 73 Cincinnati Pops’ Telarc
releases, 53 have appeared on either the Classical Crossover or Classical
Billboard charts. The Pops recording, Copland: Music of America,
earned a Grammy Award as "Best Engineered Album, Classical" in 1997. In
addition, Robert Woods, the Telarc president who produces Cincinnati
Symhpony and Cincinnati Pops albums, was named as "Producer of the Year,
Classical" for the Pops’ A Celtic Spectacular and Scary Music
in 2002. Five other recordings have received Grammy nominations. American
Jubilee was awarded France’s Grand Prix du Disque in 1989.
Educated at Dartmouth, Harvard and Brown Universities, Mr.
Kunzel studied with and was personal assistant to the great French conductor
Pierre Monteux. By 1970, when Arthur Fiedler invited him to conduct the
Boston Pops, Mr. Kunzel’s commitment to Pops was assured. He has led the
Boston Pops annually ever since in more than 100 performances in Boston’s
Symphony Hall and on tour in the U.S. and England. Mr. Kunzel served on the
faculties of Brown University and the University of Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music. He made his professional debut in 1957
conducting the Santa Fe Opera Company, and he has conducted many productions
there and with the Canadian Opera Company and Cincinnati Opera. This season
he made his debut with the San Francisco Opera conducting 12 performances of
The Merry Widow. This production was telecast in 2002 on BBC Worldwide and
PBS as part of the Great Performances series.
A multi-award winner and the recipient of several honorary
doctorates, Mr. Kunzel is chairman of the Greater Cincinnati Arts and
Education Center, an organization with which he plans to fulfill his
personal dream to build a new School for the Creative and Performing Arts
adjacent to Music Hall. The TSO will celebrate Mr. Kunzel’s 70th
birthday in April in a "Happy Birthday Erich Kunzel" pops concert scheduled
for April 19 and 20.
Call the Roy Thomson Hall box office at 416 593 4828.
Eve.: $91, $72, $69, $58, $52, $39, $34, $30.
Mat.: $60, $54, $52, $46, $43, $32.50, $28.25, $25.25.
Mon-Fri, 9-8. Sat, 12-5. Sun, 2 hrs prior to concert start.
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