Sunday, September 16, 2018 @ 3pm
Kicking off LCCCA's 85th consecutive season is Multi-GRAMMY nominee, Broadway and Recording artist, Maureen McGovern. This artist continues to thrill audiences with a voice that defies categorization. Known as “The Stradivarius Voice,” McGovern’s career includes more than 45 years of recordings, songwriting, concerts, and theater, film, television, and radio appearances
Maureen’s #1 Oscar-winning International Gold Record “The Morning After” (The Poseidon Adventure) garnered her first Grammy nomination for "Best New Artist," and her solo album The Pleasure of His Company, with Emmy/Grammy-winning jazz pianist, Mike Renzi, earned her a second Grammy nomination for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal." She was also a featured guest artist on the Grammy Award-winning album Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers.
Other hits include, Can You Read My Mind from Superman, the Oscar-winning track, We May Never Love Like This Again from The Towering Inferno, and Different Worlds from the TV series Angie. In addition to hearing her music in films and television, McGovern played the role of "Sr. Angelina" in the iconic comedy films Airplane! and Airplane II: The Sequel, and "Rachel" in Joseph: King of Dreams with Ben Affleck.
Maureen made her Broadway debut in 1981 as “Mabel” in The Pirates of Penzance, and went on to star as “Luisa” in Nine, “Polly Peachum” in 3 Penny Opera with Sting, and “Anna” in the Broadway revival tour of The King and I. In 2005 she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her role as “Marmee” in Little Women: The Musical on Broadway. She reprised her role as “Marmee” in the first national tour of Little Women. Maureen has performed in numerous regional theater productions including The Lion in Winter, Dear World, Of Thee I Sing, Guys and Dolls and her one-woman musical memoir, Carry it On, among others.
Her recent PS Classics CD, A Long Winding Road, has been praised by The New York Times as “…a captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960’s to the early 70’s. Ms. McGovern’s vocal technique is second to none.” Maureen’s recent release, You Raise Me Up – A Spiritual Journey, is an intimate yet powerful recording.
McGovern says, “We are all a part of something much greater than ourselves and connected to each other soul to soul. Listen with your heart.”
For 35 years, Maureen has served the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a volunteer, performer, Board Member, Vice President, and Chairperson of the record-breaking Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Campaign and NYC Telethon Co-Host for 6 years. She supports Music Therapy and has been an Artist Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association since 2001. She is currently a Board Member of Medicine and the Arts/Humanism in Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Not Fade Away: The Ultimate Buddy Holly Tribute
Sunday, October 14, 2018 @ 3pm
Get your saddle shoes and pompadours ready because you are in for an incredible night of rock n’ roll!
This is NOT your typical Buddy Holly tribute! Not only will you be twirling down memory lane to the unforgettable sounds of Buddy, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper…you’ll be taken to a world of legends with hits by Bill Haley, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, The Beatles and more! You’ve never heard the legends of rock n roll quite like this!
With Not Fade Away’s guys (and gals) jumping up on instruments, soloing behind their heads, and powerful new renditions of these classic hit songs, this national act will have you dancing along side them from coast to coast. When you look out over the landscape of tribute bands, many of them are dedicated to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper and their infamous “Winter Dance Party”. So, you might wonder, what is so different about Not Fade Away? Not Fade Away was created out of survival - but not the survival of the players in the band. Not Fade Away was created out of the survival of this incredible, legendary and important music created well over 50 years ago.
Having also been a part of many standard tribute shows, Not Fade Away wants to create a new show that will keep this music relevant, give it edge, bring it into today’s music scene, while not forgetting the importance of the music’s place in history and the impact it had on the world. They’re not just looking to dwell on “The Day the Music Died”. These greats were more than their last night on Earth; they were the pioneers of Rock n’ Roll. They gifted an energetic new kind of music, changing the landscape for an entire generation of music listeners and music makers alike. Not Fade Away hopes to revamp and re-gift those songs to a new generation… so that they may last another 50 years.
Sunday, November 11, 2018 @ 3pm
Well-Strung, is a New York City based string quartet, that derives their unique blend of vocals and strings by fusing classical music with the pop music of today. Part boy band, part string quartet — their muscles are as toned as their music and their set list includes everything from Vivaldi to Lady Gaga. The group was conceived by producer Mark Cortale and Chris Marchant.
An evening with them is anything but typical. Second violinist, Chris Marchant; first violinist, Edmund Bagnell; violist, Trevor Wadleigh; and cellist, Daniel Shevlin tear through a diverse classical set list that includes Mozart and Dvořák compositions… alongside of string arrangements of recent pop hits by Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Kelly Clarkson. Throughout their performance they provide vocals and a patter in which each of the stars offers up anecdotes of their life growing up. A performance of Well-Strung has the breezy feeling of cabaret with a hint of vaudeville!
“This is the first time I’ve been able to play music as entertainment,” says Trevor Wadleigh, who had been pursuing a career in musical academia prior to joining the group. “Some people have a very serious attitude [when it comes to classical music] about protecting an ancient art, whereas we just have fun doing it.”
Dan Shevlin adds, “I think what really excites people is our interactions with each other. They’re not used to seeing what goes on between four players.” He calls himself a “musical theater boy.” “That’s what I went to school for and how I started performing,” he says. “But I also always played cello and listened to classical. I do love pop and rock, but I’m very rooted in classical and musical theater.” He loves the looks on fans faces seeing the show for the first time. “They’re blown away that we’re singing and playing,” he says. “They never thought of the pop songs as that musical the first time they heard them, and then they’re like, ‘I never realized some of those songs could be so pretty or arranged that way.’”
Don’t miss this universally recognized string quartet for a uniquely engaging experience that the New York Times recently called, “A talented quartet of men who sing and play instruments… brilliantly fuse pop and classical music from Madonna to Beethoven.” And the NY Daily News wrote, “the hottest thing with a bow since Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games”!
River City Brass
Sunday, April 7, 2019 @ 3pm
In 1981, something special happened...
A musical renaissance took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Under the baton of conductor Robert Bernat, the River City Brass took to the Carnegie Music Hall stage for its inaugural concert on November 21st. It was an evening of musical excellence and determination – determination to bring about the revival of the grassroots tradition of the American brass band.
Each year, tens of thousands of people at home and on the road enjoy River City's special blend of American tunes, Big Band swing and jazz, music from Broadway and Hollywood, classical and contemporary masterworks, and traditional marches.
The mission of Pittsburgh’s own River City Brass (RCB) 28 member band founded in 1981 is to entertain, educate, and engage citizens locally, nationally, and internationally in the American musical culture. Locally, RCB’s annual tradition is to present 51 regional concerts over seven months to citizens at seven regional venues, and to maintain an acclaimed youth band and Saturday Music Program. Nationally, RCB has routinely conducted concerts at venues including Pennsylvania’s Musikfest, New York’s Chautauqua Institution, Michigan’s Interlochen Center for the Arts, Indiana’s Conner Prairie, and North Carolina’s Thalian Hall, and has appeared on The Today Show and NPR’s Performance Today.
Over its history, RCB has had three maestros. The selection of Dr. James Gourlay in 2010 was a watershed moment for American brass band music. Gourlay, a Scotland native, is acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest brass band conductors. An acclaimed tuba soloist, he began his career at age 18 as the principal tubist of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of the Zurich Opera. James also conducted Great Britain’s Grimethorpe Colliery Band, leading one of the most internationally lauded and prominent brass ensembles in the world on a touring schedule throughout the British Isles, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Internationally, RCB tours every several years, most recently in Italy. RCB has produced 15 commercial recordings, the latest of which are River City Brass – 30 Years, Christmas Brasstacular, and Proud to Be American.
Sounds of Summer: A Beach Boys Tribute
Sunday, May 5, 2019 @ 3pm
Sounds of Summer: A Beach Boys Tribute is based out of Indiana and includes over 30 familiar hits and tells the story of America’s band - The Beach Boys. Connor, David, Eric and Matt have sold out theaters, met members of The Beach Boys, and performed an hour long special on AXS TV's, World's Greatest Tribute Bands, broadcasted live from Hollywood, CA.
After over a decade of performing in various bands, Connor Ertel was approached to create Sounds of Summer and was on board without much convincing. Connor grew
up around music but never expressed a desire to join in on the fun until the age of 13. This process was largely driven by his desire to blend in more with his two best friends, Eric Wernke and Matt Hurley, who were becoming more involved in both playing and performing music. In the summer prior to the 8th grade, Connor asked his father to show him some chords on a 1966 Holiday, his father's first guitar and was quickly drawn to catchy and melodic tunes and his father introduced him to the riff from the song, Pipeline. Today, Connor takes much pride in his vocal contribution to the band and has many prominent vocally-challenging parts during the show.
Music has been Matt Hurley’s passion since the day he started pretending an old badminton racket was a guitar. He began taking lessons in the second grade. Interested mostly in the “oldies”, Matt played music with which kids his own age weren’t familiar. Some of the first songs he learned were Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison and Surfer Girl by The Beach Boys.
Although born a Hoosier, David Ertel’s musical interest has always drifted more toward the coasts from California to New Jersey. It was something about the instrumentation and harmonies that drew him. From Billy Joel to The Eagles and of course, The Beach Boys, he became obsessed the very second he heard the harmonic resonances those bands put out.
His first exposure to great music was not from the radio, it was his father, Andy, and uncle, Kevin, two brothers singing harmonies and playing acoustic guitars in the garage that inspired him. David wanted to be a part of that, so by listening to a recording over and over; he taught himself how to play Desperado by The Eagles on the piano. In that same way, he added song after song to his repertoire, and before long, he found himself unable to pass a piano without playing it.
It was a saturation of music in the family that helped Eric Wernke find his passion. Eric’s biggest musical influence is his mother JoAnn, a former singer in a local family band. She introduced Eric to harmony at a young age and suggested he listen to The Beach Boys and The Beatles for practice. Obeying his mother (as he always had), he purchased The Beach Boys' Greatest Hits album on cassette and before the age of ten, Eric’s musical curiosity took hold.
Sunday, March 24, 2019 @ 3pm
Vox Fortura is the newest Classical Crossover group from the United Kingdom. As recent Semi-Finalists of Britain's Got Talent, this show-stopping group stormed the competition with a powerhouse display of vocal panache and sheer class. Featuring 4 male acapella singers, the group combines a classical crossover operatic style with covers of iconic songs that audiences can sing along to.
Their celebrity status never fails to attract new, excited fans, and adds to their already-huge fan following. Filling every wow-factor performance with personality and style, it is no wonder that they succeeded in winning the voting audience’s and judges’ hearts as they sped to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent 2016 and in 2017 received the Black British Entertainment award for the “BEST SONG OF THE YEAR - HEROES”.
Classical crossover is taking on a new twist with the boys from Vox Fortura, and they are taking the world by storm! Their ability to perform almost any era or genre of music in their iconic crossover style touches on everything from Elgar and Bizet's “Pearl Fishers” to David Bowie, John Legend and Ed Sheeran.
Vox Fortura has been invited to share their heart-warming music with VIP audiences all over the world and in 2018 have embarked on an extensive tour of the USA. Their enthusiastic fans describe them as “the next Il Divo” and it’s easy to say that Vox Fortura is bringing classical vocals back into the mainstream.