Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents
Music from the Movies
Jennifer Sheehan, soprano
Tad Czyzewski, tenor
Choral Artists of Sarasota
May 13 • Sarasota Opera House
The memories, romance and adventure of American cinema come alive in this tribute to the colorful musical history of Hollywood and the silver screen.
“Sheehan made us realize that Broadway stardom could be just around the corner for her.”
- Times Square Chronicles
“Cole Porter would have been obsessed with Sheehan and the Gershwins would have kvelled had they heard her.”
- Broadway World
“The standout is Tad Czyzewski, whose voice has an authoritative edge and who acts with ease.”
- The Washington Post
(Sarasota, Florida) Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota celebrates over eight decades of classic movie music with “Showtime!” The concert is on Sunday, May 13, 3 p.m., at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. Acclaimed vocalists Jennifer Sheehan and Tad Czyzewski are joined by Choral Artists of Sarasota for this musical tribute that includes such Hollywood legends as Judy Garland, Mario Lanza, the iconic singing duo of Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, and many more. Tickets are $20 to $55 and can be purchased online at www.artistseriesconcerts.org or by calling 941-306-1202, M-F, 10 am– 4 pm. For more information about this show or about Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, visit www.artistseriesconcerts.org or call 941-306-1202.
“The magic of Hollywood cinema has long held a special place in the heart of our culture and the music from these movies is often as memorable as their stars,” says Dr. Joseph Holt, artistic director of Artist Series Concerts. “Showtime!” - Artist Series’ musical tribute to the classic, evocative songs of the silver screen opens with tributes to the music of Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, Mario Lanza and Judy Garland before segueing post-intermission into “Cinemagic! Hollywood’s Best Movie Music,” a mini revue-within-a-revue arranged by Mac Huff, one of the music industry’s leading arrangers and composers. “‘Cinemagic’ is virtually a journey through eight decades of classic movie music,” says Holt. “By adding soloists to Mac Huff’s original arrangements for chorus, we’ve put together an inspiring program that transports audience and singers alike through thirty-nine of Hollywood’s best-loved tunes.” Those include “Thanks for the Memory,” “You Made Me Love You,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “The Way We Were,” “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “Moon River,” “Where the Boys Are,” “Footloose,” and much more.
Award-winning soprano Jennifer Sheehan has performed for audiences from coast to coast and abroad, including concerts at such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall, as the guest of Michael Feinstein, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and many others. Her critically acclaimed shows have entranced audiences at Café Carlyle, Feinstein’s 54 Below, and at the Historic Asolo Theater. A Cabaret Scenes review of her debut album, “You Made Me Love You,” states: “It is rare that one singer has as much going for her as Jennifer displays on this disc.”
Tenor Tad Czyzewski has appeared as a soloist on Kennedy Center stages with the Washington Chorus in Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes with the Suzanne Farrell ballet, and with the National Symphony Orchestra in Grieg’s Peer Gynt. The Washington Post hailed Mr. Czyzewski as a standout, “whose voice has an authoritative edge and who acts with ease.” Most recently he appeared in the Washington Concert Opera’s production of Strauss’ Guntram and with the Mediterranean Opera Festival in Gianni Schicchi.
Now in its 39th season, Choral Artists of Sarasota features 32 of the region’s most notable professional singers. The group celebrates the rich, artistic expressiveness of choral music through innovative repertoire, inspired performances and stimulating educational outreach. Under the artistic direction of Dr. Joseph Holt, Choral Artists of Sarasota performs a repertoire spanning four centuries, and includes symphonic choral works, intimate madrigals, folk songs, close-harmony jazz, and Broadway show music. The ensemble also specializes in premiere performances of lesser-known choral works—particularly music by living American composers.