Performances Are Tribute to the Final Weekend of Conductor John Mauceri Who Leaves After 16 Seasons as Director of Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra -- a 16-year collaboration like no other is celebrated during a weekend Fireworks Finale on September 15 and 16 at 8:30 p.m., and on September 17 at 7:30 p.m. Broadway and television star Kristin Chenoweth has been added to the list of special guests to sing, dance, and toast Mauceri during his final subscription performances as Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. The programs also include performances by members of the Joffrey Ballet who recreate Nijinsky's ravishing choreography to Debussy's Afternoon of a Faun plus everyone's favorite inimitable Muppets, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. As a special tribute to Maestro Mauceri, the concerts features World premieres of fanfares by world-class composers Richard Rodney Bennett, Danny Elfman, and Adam Guettel in honor of the occasion.
KRISTIN CHENOWETH seems to be at ease on any stage. Broadway audiences know this well. Many remember her show-stealing, Tony-winning performance in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown and her triumphant star turn when she originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, which earned her a Tony Award nomination. Television fans know her as Annabeth Schott on "The West Wing," and moviegoers caught her in the film version of Bewitched with Nicole Kidman, The Pink Panther with Steve Martin, and RV with Robin Williams. This year, Kristin's slate of films includes Running with Scissors with Gwyneth Paltrow and Annette Bening, Stranger Than Fiction with Will Ferrell and Emma Thompson and Deck the Halls with Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick. Chenoweth hopes to begin production in the biographical role of Dusty Springfield. A veteran of the concert scene, Kristin took the stage in a solo sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and continues to tour the country. Chenoweth was in London for a theater production of Divas at Donmar for director Sam Mendes; following her triumph in London, Chenoweth has performed with the Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. One of her proudest accomplishments recently was having the privilege to perform Candide with The New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. Recent performances include her sold-out Los Angeles solo debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall, an evening at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Washington National Opera's 50th Anniversary Gala with Placido Domingo. Next, Kristin will have the honor of playing her solo concert at the famed Metropolitan Opera House in January 2007. Chenoweth is also an accomplished recording artist, and has released the albums Let Yourself Go, As I Am and is gearing up for her third album later this year.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16 at 8:30 PM
Sunday, September 17 at 7:30 PM
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
John Mauceri, conductor
Special guests to include Kristin Chenoweth, Members of the Joffrey Ballet, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy
Tickets ($5 - $111) are on sale now at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232, at all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May, Tower Records, and Ritmo Latino locations), or online at HollywoodBowl.com. For general information or to request a brochure, call 323.850.2000.
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