Maui Pops Orchestra Concerts for the 2015-2016 Season
All Concerts are at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) and begin at 3:00pm on Sundays
All Concerts are at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) and begin at 3:00pm on Sundays
Holiday Pops Concert (December 6, 2015)
The traditional Holiday Pops again brings favorite holiday music and a wonderful guest artist. Broadway vocalist Capathia Jenkins, who has performed with major orchestras all over the world, will entertain with a variety of upbeat arrangements of holiday songs and signature pieces. The orchestra also has some fun selections, including music of Mannheim Steamroller, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Christmas at the Movies.
The Brooklyn-born and raised actress, Capathia Jenkins, created the role of ‘Medda’ in the hit Disney production of Newsies on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson. She then starred in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell, where she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of ‘Turn Back, O Man’, which can still be heard on the original cast recording. She returned to Broadway in The Look of Love and was critically acclaimed for her performances of the Bacharach/David hits. Ms. Jenkins then created the roles of ‘The Washing Machine’ in Caroline, Or Change and ‘Frieda May’ in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, where she sang ‘Stop the Show’ and brought the house down every night.
In 2007, she went back to Off-Broadway and starred in (mis) Understanding Mammy-The Hattie McDaniel Story, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Most recently, she was seen in Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
Her Television credits include 30 Rock, the Practice, Law & Order SVU, the Sopranos, and Law & Order. She can also be seen in the 2012 film Musical Chairs directed by Susan Seidelman and can be heard on the following film soundtracks: Nine, Chicago, and Legally Blonde 2.
Broadway Pops Concert (January 24, 2016)
Broadway Diva Pops is our annual Broadway spectacular, this year featuring soloists Julia Murney and Emily Rozek, with guest conductor Randall Fleischer. Along with the Maui Pops Orchestra, they will be performing well-known selections from Carmen, My Fair Lady, Phantom of the Opera, Titanic, and more. These tremendously talented ladies, with many Broadway credits, will light up the stage with their dynamic performance.
Julia Murney last appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked after playing the role on the national tour for which she received an Acclaim Award. Other New York credits include Lennon, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (Drama Desk nomination), Falling (Drama Desk nomination), The Vagina Monologues, A Class Act, Saved, Crimes of the Heart, First Lady Suite, and Time and Again (Lucille Lortel nomination). She’s been seen regionally all over the U.S.- Signature, Williamstown, Reprise!LA, Sacramento Music Circus, NCT, Lyric, Rubicon and Goodspeed, to name a few-and in concert she has performed at Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s, The Kennedy Center, Caramoor, Town Hall and Birdland as well as with symphonies nationwide including Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and Steven Reineke and the NY Pops at Carnegie Hall. Among her TV credits are 30 Rock, Sex and the City, Brothers and Sisters, Ed, NYPD Blue, all three Law and Orders and about a gazillion voiceovers.
A Syracuse University graduate, her recordings include the original cast albums of The Wild Party and A Class Act, the Grammy nominated Actor’s Fund Benefit of Hair and her first solo album I’m Not Waiting, which is available on Sh-K-Boom records, itunes, and at juliamurney.com.
Emily Rozek was most recently seen starring as Glinda in the Broadway hit Wicked. Upon her graduation from the Boston Conservatory she made her professional debut as the principle role of Winnie Tate in Annie Get Your Gun starring Bernadette Peters. She went on to understudy and perform the lead roles of Millie Dillmount and Miss Dorothy in Broadway’s Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has also been on National Broadway tours such as Sunset Boulevard as Mary and South Pacific as Nellie Forbush. Regional Credits include Marta in Company, staring with acclaimed and award winning actress Donna McKechnie, Maggie in A Chorus Line, Lizzie in Baby and, most recently, Polly in Crazy for You.
She spent 4 years in Los Angeles making appearances in various concerts such as Two’s Company, a tribute to the great composers, Alan Menkin and Stephen Schwartz. She was also featured in the Ford Theatre’s Broadway Unplugged Concert. She has also appeared as a guest soloist in Wicked Divas with the St. Louis Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic and the Reno Philharmonic. Upcoming performances include Santa Rosa Symphony, Elgin Symphony, Anchorage Symphony and Springfield, MO.
Mr. Fleischer has appeared as a guest conductor with many major orchestras in the United States and internationally including engagements with the Boston Pops, China Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Utah Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, and many others.
Mr. Fleischer studied with Leonard Bernstein as a conducting fellow at Tanglewood in 1989. He served as the Assistant Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 1989. While working toward his Master of Music degree at the Indiana University School of Music, he served as chorus master of the I.U. Opera Theater program from 1983 - 1985. Fleischer received his Bachelor of Music Education from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and has studied conducting privately with Otto Werner Mueller and in Master class with Seiji Ozawa, Ricardo Muti, Gustav Meier and others. Mr. Fleischer lives in Los Angeles with his wife Heidi and daughter Michaela.
Winter Fantasy Pops Concert (February 21, 2016)
Winter Pops features violin soloist Benjamin Baker from the UK. Born in New Zealand, Ben moved to the UK at a young age to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and has won several prestigious violin competitions. Ben will play two very flashy violin works: Poeme by Chausson and Faust Fantasy by Wieniawski. The orchestra will also perform the William Tell Overture, Clair de Lune, and the Polovetsian Dances.
Benjamin has also studied at the Royal College of Music where he was awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Rose Bowl. In 2013 he won 1st Prize and the audience prize at the Windsor Festival International Violin Competition, and was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust. Over the last year Benjamin has given recitals throughout Europe.
Hugely popular in New Zealand Benjamin returns whenever he is able, to give concerts and appear on radio and television. He moved to the UK in 1998 with his family to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School, on the recommendation of Nigel Kennedy. He is very grateful to be awarded Honorary Membership of the Rotary Club of Port Nicholson for his commitment to children’s charities.
Benjamin plays on a Tononi violin (1709) on generous loan from a private individual.
Spring Into Pops Concert (March 20, 2016)
Spring Pops welcomes internationally acclaimed Canadian pianist, Ian Parker. Ian has performed with many of the finest orchestras in the US and Canada. He will be performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. This concerto is one of the giants of the repertoire, and this will be a rare opportunity to hear such a dynamic and powerful work. Ian Parker is represented by Schmidt Artists International, Inc. The first half of the concert will be Scheherazade, the symphonic poem by Rimsky-Korsakov. Based on One Thousand and One Nights, Scheherazade must tell a story every night to save her life. Guest Concertmaster Andrew Sords will perform the exquisite violin solo that depicts Scheherazade.
Magnetic, easy-going and delightfully articulate, Canadian pianist Ian Parker captivates audiences wherever he goes. He has appeared with the philharmonic orchestras of Buffalo, Calgary and Louisiana, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom and the symphonies of Cincinnati, Edmonton, Honolulu, Kitchener-Waterloo, Long Beach, National/Washington, D.C., Quebec, Regina, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Virginia and Winnipeg, among others.
Born in Vancouver to a family of pianists, Ian Parker began his piano studies at age three with his father, Edward Parker. He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. While at Juilliard, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Sylva Gelber Career Grant, which is given annually to the “most talented Canadian artist.”
Born in Newark, Delaware, Sords began piano lessons at the age of 5, followed shortly by violin studies. Sords became a pupil of Linda Cerone, David Russell, and Chee-Yun Kim at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Southern Methodist University, and a series of international invitations helped catapult a solo career that has since spanned 4 continents and over 200 orchestras.
Andrew Sords has appeared regularly with celebrated orchestras and conductors. In recent seasons, concerto collaborations have included the Oakland Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Kalisz Philharmonic, Chattanooga Symphony, Cleveland Philharmonic, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, North State Symphony, Toronto Philharmonia, Gulf Coast Symphony and Melbourne Chamber Symphony, among numerous others. Sords makes his home in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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