On Friday (Sept. 25) at 7:30 p.m. in Van Meter Auditorium, The Symphony at WKU in association with Monica Robinson Ltd. presents BROADWAY TODAY ™ featuring Craig Schulman, Gary Mauer and Tamara Hayden. Craig Schulman is the only performer in the world to have performed the title roles of Jekyll & Hyde, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and Jean Valjean in Les Misérables; three of the most extraordinary musical theatre characters ever written. The Symphony will also perform Bernstein’s Candide Overture. This concert is generously sponsored by Georgeanna Hagerman and co-sponsored by Susie Likes.
The 2015-16 season opener will be conducted by Dr. Brian St. John, who joins The Symphony at WKU as the Baker Professor of Music. Dr. St. John was Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Evansville where he directed the University Symphony Orchestra and String Ensemble and taught conducting, music technology and composition. In addition to conducting, Dr. St. John composed and premiered seven original ballets, a piano concerto, a concertino for String Bass and Orchestra, and a double concerto for Mandolin, Mandola, and Strings.
Dr. St. John earned a bachelor’s degree in viola performance and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and a doctor of musical arts degree in orchestral conducting from Arizona State University. Dr. St. John also served on the conducting staff for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra as assistant conductor for the EPO and conductor for the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. More: View from the Hill.
The guest soloists are coming from New York City. Mauer appeared on Broadway as the Phantom in the Hal Prince production of The Phantom of the Opera. Previously, he played the role of the romantic lead Raoul. He also performed in the Broadway production of Les Miserables as Enjolras. Hayden played the role of Cosette in Les Miserables and Texas in Caberet at Studio 54. Schulman was invited to represent the U.S. at the 10th Anniversary of Les Miserables in London.
Tickets are $22 in advance and may be purchased by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at (270) 745-3121 or online at www.TheSymphonyatWKU.org. Subscribe to the complete five concert series and save up to 40 percent. Discounts are available for seniors, families and pre-college and public school children.
Symphony season ticket subscribers and other concert attendees will find plenty of reserved parking and a designated shuttle parking lot available just a short distance from Van Meter.
Parking locations and options include:
- Reserved parking for sponsors right behind and beside Van Meter Hall.
- Reserved Parking for Season Ticket Subscribers in the College Hill and Hub Lots across from Cherry Hall.
- Downtown Shuttle Service from US Bank at 500 E. Main and Chestnut streets. Shuttles begin at 6:30 p.m.
- Disability Parking and Ramp to Elevator – Potter Lot in front of Van Meter.
The mission of The Symphony is to advance music literacy through performances and educational programs, to provide a symphony orchestra of the highest quality and to be a focus for musical excellence.
To learn more about Symphony season tickets, call (270) 745-7681 or visit us online at www.TheSymphonyatWKU.org.
Contact: Jennifer Bryant, (270) 745-7681