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MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA SHOWCASE
Doc Severinsen’s Solid Gold
apr 12, 13
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8 pm
Sunday, April 13, 2014, 2 pm
Orchestra Hall
Orchestra Hall
Pops Conductor Laureate
Doc Severinsen
, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal
pops conductor from 1993 to 2007, has achieved the status of an American icon
during his six-decade career as conductor, trumpet soloist and bandleader. Since
rising to fame as music director of
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
,
he has conducted and performed with major orchestras throughout the U.S. and
Canada. Severinsen debuted with the Orchestra in 1965, and in recent years he
has appeared here in annual “Jingle Bell Doc” shows as well as performances with
his Big Band and the world music group El Ritmo de la Vida, now called the San
Miguel Five. With more than 30 albums to his credit, including a Grammy-winning
disc with the Tonight Show Band, he has recorded everything from big band and
jazz-fusion to classical. More: minnesotaorchestra.org.
Soprano
Vanessa Thomas
performs regularly in concerts and
recitals nationwide, singing in a variety of styles that showcase her
four-octave range. She appeared at Orchestra Hall most recently in
2011, singing with Doc Severinsen’s Big Band and at “Jingle Bell Doc”
holiday concerts. She has performed with such notable players as Ed
Shaughnessy, Mike Matheny and Gary Foster, and she was recently
featured in the premiere of Kireky Mechem’s opera
John Brown
.
Tenor
JosephWolverton
has sung with major companies across the U.S. and
Europe, including Seattle Opera, Washington Opera, Finnish National Opera and
Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie. He has also been heard with the Chicago Symphony and
Detroit Symphony, among other ensembles, and last performed with the Minnesota
Orchestra in 2009 “Jingle Bell Doc” concerts. In coming months he will appear with
Opera Grand Rapids and Opera Holland Park. More: josephwolverton.com.
Tonight’s program will be announced from the stage.
There will be one intermission.
Doc Severinsen’s Solid Gold
with the Minnesota Orchestra
Doc Severinsen
, conductor and trumpet
Vanessa Thomas
, vocals •
Joseph Wolverton
, vocals
Live at Orchestra Hall
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