January 25, 2015
Senior Director, Communications
BROADWAY STAR SUTTON FOSTER MAKES HOUSTON SYMPHONY DEBUT
Award-winning dancer, singer, and actress to perform some of her Broadway hits at Jones Hall under the leadership of Houston Symphony POPS Conductor Designate Steven Reineke
HOUSTON (January 25, 2015) – On January 30-31 and February 1, the Houston Symphony POPS will be joined by two-time Tony award® winning actress, singer and dancer Sutton Foster in Sutton Foster: Broadway’s Leading Lady. Foster together with recently announced Principal POPS Conductor Designate Steven Reineke will perform a program full of classic Broadway favorites. Known for portraying the leading lady in the revival of Anything Goes and for originating roles in well-known musicals such as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek: The Musical and Young Frankenstein, Foster brings her unparalleled talent and charm to Jones Hall performing her Broadway hits and more. Actor, singer and dancer Joshua Henry and vocalist Megan McGinnis will join Foster in this program. Broadway audiences may remember Henry from his performance as Jake in the Tony award-winning revival of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Haywood Patterson in the musical The Scottsboro Boys, which earned him a Tony Award nomination for “Best Performance by a leading actor in a musical.” McGinnis can be heard on the original cast recordings of Little Womenand Parade, and most recently, on Sutton Foster’s album Wish singing the duet “Flight.” McGinnis was last seen on Broadway starring as Eponine in the revival of Les Miserables.
HOUSTON SYMPHONY POPS CONCERT
Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St., Houston, TX 77002
Sutton Foster: Broadway's Leading Lady
Friday, January 30, 2015, 8:00pm
Saturday, Januart 31, 2015, 8:00pm
Sunday, February 1, 2015, 2:30pm
Steven Reineke, conductor
Sutton Foster, vocalist & dancer
Joshua Henry, vocalist & dancer
Megan McGinnis, vocalist & dancer
Tickets from $25
About Sutton Foster
Sutton Foster is an award-winning actor, singer and dancer who has performed in 11 Broadway shows - most recently the revival of Violet - and originated roles in the Broadway productions of The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Young Frankenstein, Shrek: The Musical, and her Tony Award-winning performances in Anything Goes and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
She was first seen on television on Star Search at age 15, and has more recently starred in Amy Sherman Palladino’s Bunheads and appeared in Johnny and the Sprites, Flight of the Conchords, Sesame Street, Law and Order SVU, Psych and Royal Pains.
As a solo artist, Sutton has performed all over the country as well as internationally with her musical director Michael Rafter featuring songs from her debut solo CD “Wish” as well as her follow up CD, “An Evening With Sutton Foster: Live at the Cafe Carlyle.” She has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Feinstein's, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, Joe’s Pub and many others.
In 2011 she received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Ball State University where she also is on faculty as a teacher and advisor to the Department of Theatre and Dance.
About Steven Reineke
Steven Reineke’s boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation’s most sought-after pops conductors, composers and arrangers. Mr. Reineke is the Music Director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Principal Pops Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He previously held the posts of Principal Pops Conductor of the Long Beach and Modesto Symphony Orchestras and Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include Houston, San Francisco, Seattle, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Vancouver, Ottawa (National Arts Centre), Detroit, Milwaukee and Calgary.
As the creator of more than one hundred orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Mr. Reineke’s work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America, including performances by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic. His Sun Valley Festival Fanfare was used to commemorate the Sun Valley Summer Symphony’s pavilion, and his Festival Te Deum and Swan’s Island Sojourn were debuted by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestras. This season he will write a new composition titled The True Story of The Three Little Pigs based on the popular children’s book of the same name by Jon Sciezska and Lane Smith and debuting with the National Symphony Orchestra. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands worldwide.
A native of Ohio, Mr. Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned bachelor of music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition. He currently resides in New York City with his husband Eric Gabbard.
About Houston Symphony
During the 2014-15 season, the Houston Symphony enters its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. This season also marks the inaugural year for new Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $29 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 286 performances for 300,000 people, including 82,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call (713) 224-7575.