Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach (ORMACO) opens its 2018/19 World Tour of Music Concert Series with The Music of Leonard Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds. This concert will celebrate one of America’s great musical legends, Leonard Bernstein on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Composer, conductor, scholar, activist, Bernstein was truly a citizen of the world.
This concert will feature a selection from his catalog of great compositions including well-known titles such as West Side Story and Candide, to lesser known gems such as I Hate Music and Chichester Psalms. Led from the piano by New York-based Steven Gross, the concert will feature Melissa Davis (soprano), Nancy Maultsby (mezzo), Shane Patrick O’Neill (tenor) and Fabio Polanco (baritone). The event will include historical and anecdotal recollections, multi-media footage, plus much more to honor this iconic American artist who through his work helped create “The Best of All Possible Worlds”.
Tickets are available by calling 330-722-2541, online at www.ormaco.org (credit card fees apply), at all Medina County Buehler’s stores beginning October 1, 2018. $12 in advance; $15 at the door (cash or checks only).
The World Tour of Music Fall residency is made possible by underwriting from the following: Ohio Arts Council, Medina Breakfast Kiwanis Club, Lorain Medina Rural Electric People Fund, Armstrong, Medina County District Library, Jan Leatherman, Medina County Arts Council and Jan Leatherman.
About Steven Gross
Steven Gross has worked on Broadway and the West End as a music director, conductor, pianist, sub and vacation conductor on such shows as Phantom Of The Opera, The Life, Urinetown, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Chicago, Miss Saigon, The Wedding Singer, Saturday Night Fever and Dreamgirls and on the New York City Opera productions of A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, The Most Happy Fella and Candide. He has worked Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and the Algonquin Theater and is a Lortel Award nominee for Best Musical for his adaption of The Pirates of Penzance at the South Street Seaport and a Barrymore nominee for his work at the Prince Music Theater.
His regional theater work includes music direction in St. Louis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Miami, Philadelphia, and Chicago. He has conducted the European premieres of The Life, Urinetown, Falsettos, Beehive, Forever Plaid, Closer Than Ever, Flora the Red Menace and other works. He also works extensively as a classical conductor and has appeared with many national and international opera companies, symphony orchestras and festivals including the Hamburg and Berlin State Opera Houses, Opera Factory London, The Zurich Opera, The Opera Comiqué in Paris, The Tel-Aviv Opera and the Macau Festival.
Steven has collaborated on new musicals with Award-winning composers including Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus, Cy Coleman, David Friedman and Mark Hollmann. He also works as an orchestrator and arranger for many symphony orchestras, television, radio, video and on-line stations. Steven holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from Yale University and is a Fulbright and Rotary Scholar. He is the Founder & CEO of MusicalTheaterSongs.com an 11,000 song (and counting) on-line resource dedicated to musical theater repertoire. The site is licensed in hundreds of universities/schools worldwide.
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