ASO Pops Concert tomorrow will put accent on Broadway

Pippin to conduct variety of show tunes

April 05, 2001|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will bring Broadway back to Annapolis with its first-ever Spring Pops Concert tomorrow evening at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Enthusiastically received at the orchestra's pops concert in December, Donald Pippin will return as guest conductor with a program featuring a variety of show tunes.

Pippin has served as conductor for several hit Broadway shows, television specials and many of the nation's major symphony orchestras.

During his years of conducting on Broadway, Pippin, former music director of Radio City Music Hall, has been involved with many hit shows and has conducted original cast albums including those for "Oliver," "Mame," "Dear World," "Applause," "Woman of the Year" and "La Cage aux Folles."

He has won a Tony for conducting "Oliver," an Emmy for "Broadway Sings Jule Styne" and a gold record award for the original cast album of "A Chorus Line."

Singer Teri Hansen, who in her December debut charmed ASO's audience with her renditions of holiday favorites, also returns to Annapolis. At tomorrow's concert, she will sing a selection of Broadway show tunes from her wide repertoire.

Hansen has appeared on Broadway in a number of shows including "Splendora," "Show Boat," "The Music Man," "Brigadoon," Phantom of the Opera" and "The Most Happy Fella." In addition to performing with several symphony orchestras, Hansen has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Glimmerglass Opera and the Orlando Opera Company.

Pippin will open the program with the overture to "A Chorus Line." The program will also include selections from recent hits "Beauty and the Beast" and "Phantom of the Opera." Music from "Annie Get Your Gun," now in revival on Broadway, will also be featured.

Other Broadway classics on the program include songs from "Mame," "Hello, Dolly," "The Music Man," "Show Boat," "Funny Girl" and "Les Miserables."

A small chorus of children from Broadneck Elementary School, well-rehearsed by their teacher GeorgeAnne Diehl, will appear with Hansen to sing selections from the perennial favorite "The Sound of Music," (which, coincidentally, now is being presented at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore.)

The concert is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27 to $32, and $10 for full-time students younger than 21 with valid identification.

For tickets and information, call the ASO box office at 410-263-0907.

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