CSO salutes mu­sic of Jerry Her­man

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - MUSIC - STAFF RE­PORT

Some of the most rec­og­nized hits of Broad­way — “Hello, Dolly,” “If He Walked Into My Life” from “Mame,” “I Am What I Am” from “La Cage Aux Folles” — will be per­formed Sat­ur­day, Oct. 6, by the Chat­tanooga Sym­phony & Opera when the CSO presents Jerry Her­man: The Broad­way Legacy Con­cert.

The 7: 30 p. m. con­cert is t he sea­son- open­ing per­for­mance in the Luken Hold­ings Pops Se­ries. It will be held in the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St. Singing Her­man’s hits will be guest vo­cal­ists Klea Black­hurst, Deb­bie Gravitte, Ron Raines and Scott Coul­ter, a Chat­tanooga na­tive.

“Among the great­est com­posers for Broad­way in the last 50 years, Jerry Her­man’s mu­sic is won­der­ful, mem­o­rable and im­por­tant,” says Bob Bern­hardt, who will con­duct the pops con­cert.

“While his name may not be in front of the mind like An­drew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sond­heim, Sat­ur­day’s show will make the de­light­ful ar­gu­ment that the com­poser of ‘Mame,’ ‘La Cage Aux Folles,’ ‘Hello Dolly!’ and many oth­ers de­serves his place among the masters

Her­man has been nom­i­nated for the Tony Award five times and won twice, for “Hello, Dolly!” and “La Cage aux Folles.” In 2009, Her­man re­ceived t he Tony Award for Life­time Achieve­ment in the Theatre. He is also a re­cip­i­ent of the 2010 Kennedy Cen­ter Hon­ors award.

His most fa­mous show tune, “Hello, Dolly!” was a No. 1 hit in the United States for Louis Arm­strong, knock­ing The Bea­tles out of the No. 1 spot on mu­sic charts in 1964 af­ter the Fab Four had held a 14-week run at the top.

“Hello, Dolly!” won Her­man a Grammy Award in 1964 for Song. of the Year. He won a se­cond Grammy in 1966 for Best Score From an Orig­i­nal Cast Show Al­bum, “Mame.”

Ron Raines is a Tony Award nom­i­nee for “Fol­lies,” a three­time Emmy Award nom­i­nee for his role as vil­lain Alan Spauld­ing on CBS soap “Guid­ing Light” and has ap­peared on four PBS “Great Per­for­mances.”

Scott Coul­ter is a di­rec­tor and com­poser and one of New York’s most-hon­ored male vo­cal­ists. He has per­formed in con­cert with sym­phonies around the world, re­cently wrote the book for new mu­si­cal “Got To Be There” about the life of song­writer El­liot Wil­len­sky and is founder of the vo­cal coach­ing se­ries called Song­book. He is owner and founder of Spot-On En­ter­tain­ment.


Deb­bie Gravitte won a Tony Award for Best Fea­tured Ac­tress in a Mu­si­cal for her per­for­mance in “Jerome Rob­bins’ Broad­way.”

Klea Black­hurst is an ac­tress, singer and co­me­dian known for her award-win­ning trib­ute to Ethel Mer­man, “Ev­ery­thing the Traf­fic Will Al­low.” She’s per­formed with sym­phony or­ches­tras and in the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions across the coun­try and abroad.

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