Jack Everly Joins Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

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Guest conductor Jack Everly leads the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 1950s: The Golden Age of Black and White June 6, 7 and 8, 2008. You'll be transported back to the fabulous 1950s through the music of Elvis, Doris Day, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, and many more. The program will also feature a cappella artists Chapter 6 and soloists Farah Alvin and Sharon Wheatley.

Jack Everly is a leader in Symphonic Pops throughout North America. He is the principal pops conductor with the Baltimore, Indianapolis, and National Arts Centre (Ottawa) Symphony Orchestras as well as music director for the Symphonic Pops Consortium. In addition to his duties with those orchestras, this season he has conducting engagements with the Pittsburgh, Nashville, National, Toronto, and Dallas Symphony Orchestras. Originally appointed by Artistic Director Mikhail Baryshnikov, Everly conducted thousands of performances and dozens of world premieres for American Ballet Theatre, where he served as music director. Everly was not only at the helm for their annual season at Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House, but also for more than 50 international tours with the famed company. In addition to his ABT tenure, he has teamed with Marvin Hamlisch in shows that Hamlisch composed including, The Goodbye Girl, They're Playing Our Song, and A Chorus Line.

Emerging from a college course at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, Chapter 6 made their professional debut in 2002. The group has received numerous awards and recognition for their technique, performance, and unique, original arrangements. Perhaps most notable is the prestigious Grand Champion title at the 2004 National Harmony Sweepstakes and most recently, the 2006 A Cappella Community Award for "Favorite Jazz Group." Chapter 6 tours diverse venues across the U.S., Canada, and Asia - programs ranging from campus concerts and master classes to theatrical pops productions with the Symphonic Pops Consortium. Their self-distributed albums: A cappella 101, Chapter 6: Live, ChristmasTime, Swing Shift, and their In Concert DVD have sold more than 35,000 copies worldwide. Crowd favorite, "The Wizard Of Oz" (Swing Shift), received a 2005 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award.

On Broadway, Farah Alvin has appeared in the Tony Award-winning revival of Nine, The Look of Love, Saturday Night Fever, Grease!, and A Christmas Carol. Ms. Alvin recently starred as Marcy Fitzwilliams in the Off-Broadway cult hit I Love You Because. She recently also starred as Mabel in the Pirates of Penzance at the Goodspeed Opera House and the Papermill Playhouse. She has appeared with Jack Everly with the Indianapolis and Detroit Symphony Orchestras and the National Symphonies of The United States and Canada. Farah can also be heard on the original cast recording of I Love You Because, the concept recording of Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll and Hyde, and Varesse Sarabande's Burt Bacharach Album, among others. Farah is also an accomplished singer/songwriter. Her album of original folk/jazz music entitled "someday" is available at farahalvin.com and cdbaby.com.

Sharon Wheatley is both a Broadway actress and a nationally published author of the memoir 'Til the Fat Girl Sings. Ms. Wheatley attended the renowned musical theater program at University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music. Her Broadway credits include her current run in Avenue Q, the final company of Cats as it finished its record breaking run at The Winter Garden Theater (Jennyanydots, The Gumbie Cat), Les Miserables (Cosette and Eponine), and The Phantom of the Opera (Madam Firman). Sharon holds the distinction of being the only actress to appear in all three of these Broadway blockbusters on Broadway. She has also toured nationally and internationally with Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Sound of Music.

In addition to her Broadway appearances, Sharon has performed with the New Jersey, Detroit, Seattle, Naples, Oklahoma City and Portland Symphonies. -- www.mso.org

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