Hollywood Musical Hits
With support of the US Embassy in Moscow
Hollywood melodies which brought glory to many movies have rightly become their landmarks. Music to such Hollywood blockbusters as James Bond series, The Bodyguard, Mission: Impossible, Cabaret, The Godfather, Star Wars, and Titanic contributed much to success of the films, and later started living their own life.
One of Broadway’s biggest personalities, Debbie Gravitte received the Tony Award for her critically acclaimed performance in Jerome Robbins Broadway, along with the New York Showstopper Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination. Debbie Gravitte has performed with many orchestras, including National Symphony of the US, Symphony orchestras of Houston, London, Jerusalem, Stockholm Philharmonic, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Munich Philharmonic. Films: Isn’t She Great, Pursuit of Happiness and The Little Mermaid.
LaKisha Jones is best known to millions of TV viewers as a top four finalist during the 2007 season of American Idol. Also received the Tony Award for the performance in the musical The Color Purple. Ms. Jones has performed as a guest soloist with Utah Symphony and Opera, Colorado Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Calgary Symphony, etc. Sings in R’n’B and soul styles.
Sal Viviano has appeared with over 120 Symphony Orchestras in Pops Concerts at major Halls around the World. On Broadway, Viviano’s credits include: The Three Muskateers (debut), and roles in the hits Romance / Romance, City of Angels, Falsettos, The Life. Off-Broadway, he’s co-starred in over a dozen more: Closer Than Ever (Broadway World Award); Beau Jest; The Pirates of Penzance, Hair, Evita, Chicago. On Screen: Legally Blonde 2, Black Roses, The Jitters, Spike of Bensonhurst, Life With Mikey, TV’s Law and Order, Cosby Mysteries, and Disney’s Out of the Box (VanGogh). Recordings (over 70) include his solo CD, The Standards of Love. Other notable venues: The Iridium, The Russian Tea Room, The 92nd Street Y (15 seasons), The White House (Reagan), The Presidential Inaugural Concert (Clinton/Gore).
Now in his 17th season as Music Director and Conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Stuart Malina has built a reputation for orchestra building and multi-faceted versatility. In a wide variety of concerts, from masterworks and grand opera to pops, Maestro Malina’s ease on the podium, engaging personality, and insightful interpretations have thrilled audiences and helped to break down the barriers between performer and listener wherever he has worked. Maestro Malina holds degrees from Harvard University, the Yale School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music. In June 2003 Maestro Malina has served as Associate Conductor of the National touring company of West Side Story and as conductor of the Charleston production of Porgy and Bess with performances throughout the United States and Canada. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in February of 2007, conducting the New York Pops in an all-Gershwin tribute. On the opera podium Maestro Malina’s recent production engagements include Manon, The Barber of Seville, La Boheme, and Tosca.