Jack Everly Leads the BSO and Broadway Star Judy McLane in the Music of Gershwin, January 5-8

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Jack Everly leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Broadway star Judy McLane in Gershwin standards. Pianist Stewart Goodyear performs Gershwin's popular "Rhapsody in Blue."

Broadway star Judy McLane

The Gershwin brothers' "fascinating rhythms" will fill the air as Stewart Goodyear performs Rhapsody in Blue.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Principal Pops conductor Jack Everly leads the BSO in a performance of the Gershwin Brothers’ most popular works on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore and Friday, January 6 at 8 p.m., Saturday, January 7 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Pianist Stewart Goodyear and Broadway star Judy McLane join the BSO in a jazz-filled program devoted to the greatest hits from the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook, including “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and more. Please see below for complete program details.

Brothers Ira and George Gershwin collaborated together to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century. Their “fascinating rhythms” will fill the air as pianist Stewart Goodyear performs Rhapsody in Blue, one of the first pieces to bring a distinctively American sound to the classical concert hall, introducing new elements to classical music such as jazz and pop rhythms. Goodyear attracted much attention in 2010 when he performed 32 Beethoven sonatas over five consecutive days at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, a feat he said was akin to “training like an athlete, building mental, emotional and physical stamina.” In addition, Broadway star Judy McLane also showcases jazzy showstoppers that have bewitched the classical world. Ms. McLane is currently in the hit Broadway musical Mamma Mia!, playing the role of Tanya.

Jack Everly, conductor
Jack Everly is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Baltimore and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), and the Music Director of the National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth on PBS.
Mr. Everly is the Music Director of Yuletide Celebration, now a 26-year tradition. These theatrical symphonic holiday concerts are presented annually in December in Indianapolis and are seen by more than 40,000 concert-goers.

Originally appointed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mr. Everly was conductor of the American Ballet Theatre for 14 years, where he served as Music Director. Mr. Everly has teamed with Marvin Hamlisch in Broadway shows 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 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.

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 this season’s new production Do You Hear the People Sing? featuring the greatest hits of Alain Boublil and Calude-Michel Schönberg.

Stewart Goodyear, piano
Known for imagination, a graceful, elegant style and exquisite technique, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished young artist whose career spans many genres—concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and composer.

Mr. Goodyear has performed with many of the major orchestras of the world including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Bournemouth Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Seattle Symphony and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra among others.

He has appeared in recitals in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Bad Kissingen, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC; and he has performed with the Festivals of Caramoor, Santa Fe, and Ravinia.

In addition to his talents as a pianist, Stewart is a composer and frequently performs his own works, including his solo piano work, "Variations on 'Eleanor Rigby',” which premiered at Lincoln Center in New York in August 2000, and his Piano Sonata, both of which have received continual acclaim by critics and audiences alike.

Judy McLane, vocals
Judy McLane is currently starring on Broadway, playing the role of Tanya, in the hit musical, Mamma Mia! She received critical acclaim for her performance as Vienna in Johnny Guitar Off-Broadway. She starred as Donna in the feature film Were the World Mine and has appeared on Broadway in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Aspects of Love and Chess.

Her 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. Some other favorite roles include: Phyllis in Follies, 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, Fiona in Brigadoon, Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Mrs. Walker in Tommy, Rebecca in Rags, Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Ann in 1940's Radio Hour, Isabella in Wuthering Heights, and Lucy in Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde.

Ms. McLane has performed with many symphony orchestras including the Bolshoi Orchestra in Moscow, the National Orchestra of Lyon, France, National Symphony of Canada, National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Ft. Worth, Indianapolis, Memphis, Milwaukee, Naples, Oklahoma City, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Seattle, St. Louis, Southwest Florida, Toronto, and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestras and Chess in Concert at Carnegie Hall. Television appearances include Guiding Light and Another World. She can be heard on the recordings of Johnny Guitar and Sundance the Musical.

BSO SuperPops: Pops Goes Gershwin
Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 8 pm – Music Center at Strathmore
Friday, January 6, 2012 at 8 pm. – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH)
Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 8 pm – JMSH
Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 3 pm - JMSH

Jack Everly, conductor
Stewart Goodyear, piano
Judy McLane, vocals

Tickets range from $28 to $88 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office, 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.

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