The Grand Rapids Symphony will present an evening of Broadway’s hottest show tunes performed by three stars straight from the stages of New York. “Broadway Rocks!” features more than 20 songs from Rock-inspired hit musicals including “Wicked,” “Rent,” “Mamma Mia,” “Jesus Christ, Superstar,” and “Hairspray,” as well as a chorus comprised of members of Grand Rapids Symphony Choruses. Music Director David Lockington leads three concerts, Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. in DeVos Performance Hall. These concerts are part of the Fox Motors Pops Series.
“Broadway Rocks is a blast!,” said featured vocalist Capathia Jenkins. “There is nothing like having a full orchestra ‘cookin’ on this program.”
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Jenkins made her Broadway debut in “The Civil War,” where she created the role of Harriett Jackson. She has since wowed audiences in “The Look of Love” and Nora Ephron’s “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.” She can be heard on the film soundtracks for “Nine,” “Chicago,” and “Legally Blonde 2.”
Also featured is Rob Evan, who played the title role in the original Broadway run of “Jekyll & Hyde.” As a vocalist and recording artist, he is a member of the platinum selling rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In concert, he has performed with symphony orchestras across the nation, including recent appearances in San Francisco, San Diego, Atlanta, Chicago, Alabama and Indianapolis.
Vocalist Anne Runolfsson has a variety of Broadway credits including a two-year run in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” and “The Secret Garden.” As a soloist, she has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and The Kennedy Center. Her many recordings include the International Cast Album of “Les Miserables,” “Listen to My Heart,” and her solo debut recording, “At Sea.”
“There is nothing more exhilarating as a singer than to stand in front of a symphony orchestra and make music,” shared Runolfsson. “It is a privilege and an honor. I always await these concerts with glee.”
Tickets start at $18 and are available at the Symphony office, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100, (located across from the Calder), or by calling 616/454-9451, Ext. 4. (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.) Tickets are available at the DeVos Place Box Office, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or on the day of the concert beginning two hours prior to the performance. Tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster, 800/982-2787, online at www.grsymphony.org, or in person at Ticketmaster outlets: select D&W Fresh Markets, Family Fare Stores and Walmart. Tickets purchased at these locations will include a Ticketmaster service fee.
About the Grand Rapids Symphony
The Grammy-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony was officially organized in 1930 and is recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras. Led by Music Director David Lockington, nine concert series are presented, featuring a wide range of music and performance styles. More than 400 performances are presented each year, touching the lives of some 170,000. Nearly half of those who benefit are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities reached through extensive education and community service programs. The Symphony sponsors the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses, and also provides the orchestra for Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. To learn more about the Grand Rapids Symphony, please visit www.grsymphony.org.
These concerts are made possible with support from the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts