Symphony Pops! 2017
Linda Lavin & Friends
Sponsored by Brightmore of Wilmington and Carolina Bay
Saturday, February 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Wilson Center
(Sure to be a fantastic Valentine's date night!)
Please join us for an evening of great music in the concert format so famously popularized by Arthur Fiedler's Boston Pops! In his fifty-year tenure as Pops Conductor, Fiedler established the Boston Pops as a national icon. His programs were an extremely successful blend of classical and popular, - - from jazz to pop, film music to Broadway, light classics to the Great American Songbook, - - while also showcasing popular artists alongside up-and-coming young American soloists.
Linda Lavin returns to the Wilmington Symphony in the headlining role accompanied by pianist Billy Stritch, jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein, guitarist Ron Affif, bassist Tom Hubbard, and drummer (and husband) Steve Bakunas. Hear selections by Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Jimmy Dorsey, and more!
Still best known to the public as the star of the 1970's sitcom “Alice,” Lavin is cherished by theater aficionados as one of the great comic-dramatic stage stylists of her generation, a brassy yet subtle performer who has made her mark again and again over the past five decades. After emerging as a dramatic live wire in the 1960's, winning accolades in plays like Little Murders and Last of the Red Hot Lovers, she showed in 1987 she could still dominate a stage, winning a Tony Award for her performance in Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound. She did the same in 2000 with her comedic tour de force in Charles Busch’s The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. Since then, she’s barely given a performance where at least one critic hasn’t said, “See? That’s how it’s done.”
An award-winning composer, arranger, vocalist, and jazz pianist of extraordinary range and sophistication, Billy Stritch breathes new life into the Great American Songbook. A live recording caused the London Times to rave, "Equally gifted as a player and a singer, and doing both with no-holds-power, Stritch is not afraid to dazzle!"
Called “the Groucho of the violin” by Tony Bennett and “a perfect musician” by jazz guitar legend, Bucky Pizzarelli, Aaron Weinstein has established himself as one of his instrument’s rare jazz masters. As a featured soloist, Aaron has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Blue Note, and abroad at international jazz festivals
In the tradition of the Boston Pops, the spotlight will also be on the inspiring performances of Wilmington Symphony's Young Artists Daniel Cheng who will perform Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1, 1st movement, and baritone Quentin Lovette, singing Augustin Lara's Granada.
Pre-concert Entertainment: Music by the New Hanover High School Steel Band, plus photo booth, concessions, and mingling with friends! Festivities begin in the lobby at 6:30 p.m.
Post-concert Meet & Greet Reception. Meet Linda and enjoy desserts provided by the City Club. Admission is by donation that evening (suggested minimum of $10).
For Concert Tickets Call Ticket Central at 910-362-7999. Concert tickets are $65, $55, and $40 plus fees and taxes.
** Winners of the 40th Annual Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition
Wilmington Symphony Young Artists