Monday, April 27, 2015

AMAZING NIGHT at Symphony Center, Chicago, for The American Prize

An amazing night at Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, Chicago, Sunday, April 26, 2015: eight winners of The American Prize Chicago Musical Theater Award (from left: Kate Ryan, Justin John Moniz, Elizabeth Kling, DelShawn Taylor, Karen Archbold, Tania Coambs, Christian Ketter and Dan Richardson), following the shouting, whistling, rhythmic-clapping standing ovation for "Something Wonderful: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein" with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Elgin Master Chorale, all under the direction of TAP chief judge David Katz.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Will "SOMETHING WONDERFUL", featuring eight soloists from THE AMERICAN PRIZE in the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, sell out at Orchestra Hall, Chicago?

The American Prize-winning soloists Tania Coambs, Kate Ryan, Justin Moniz, and DelShawn Taylor entertain with "Do Re Mi"
Will "SOMETHING WONDERFUL" sell out at Orchestra Hall / Symphony Center, Chicago on April 26th?
It certainly should!
If the reaction of the sold-out crowd at Elgin, Illinois' Blizzard Theater a couple of weeks ago—where the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, the Elgin Master Chorale and soloists performed "Something Wonderful: the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein" under the baton of TAP chief judge David Katz—is any indication, the Chicago audience for SOMETHING WONDERFUL on Sunday, April 26th at Orchestra Hall, Chicago, is going to have a terrific time!

The huge Elgin audience was tumultuous from the first note of the "Carousel Waltz" to the last chord of the "Oklahoma" encore an hour and a half later: they stood, and cheered, and sung along, and even did the hand gestures in "Do, Re, Mi!"

The eight soloists featured in the concerts are all winners of The American Prize in Voice Chicago Musical Theater Award. They are sopranos Tania Coambs and Elizabeth Kling (cover); mezzos Kate Ryan and Karen Archbold (cover); tenors Justin Moniz and Christian Ketter (cover); and baritones DelShawn Taylor and Dan Richardson (cover.)

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Here are some photos from the Elgin concert, to give you an idea.
David Katz conducts the "Something Wonderful" Wall of Sound!
Soloists Elizabeth Kling & Karen Archbold join in "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Soloists Dan Richardson & Christian Ketter join in "You'll Never Walk Alone."
DelShawn Taylor convinces everyone "It's a Grand Night for Singing."

Justin Moniz tells Kate how he'd be "If I Loved You."

Kate Ryan sings the concert title song, "Something Wonderful."

Tania Coambs is happy "Getting to Know You."

CBASO low strings, brass and percussion.
CBASO winds with members of the CBA Chorus and the Elgin Master Chorale.

All photos courtesy of Mark Bergeron.