Joining Music Director J. Ernest Green and the Annapolis Chorale for this concert is “America’s Pianist,” Kevin Cole. This award-winning concert performer, musical director, arranger, composer and vocalist has a particular affinity for the music of George Gershwin and has performed it all over the country. He made his first appearance with the Chorale in a tribute performance for Marvin Hamlisch, with whom he also worked.
Cole has consistently drawn critical acclaim for his interpretations of the American Songbook. He was the featured soloist for the PBS special “Gershwin at One Symphony Place” with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. He has shared the stage with Liza Minelli, Sylvia McNair, Brian D’Arcy James, Barbara Cook, William Warfield, John Lithgow, Aretha Franklin, Barbara Streisand, Idina Menzel and many others. Now, he returns to Annapolis for this one-night-only performance.
Performing with Cole for this concert are two of the area’s most popular singers, Jason Buckwalter and Kimberly Christie, who have regularly wowed audiences in classical as well as Broadway performances with Live Arts Maryland. Both are enthusiastic performers of American Songbook music.
Says Mr. Green, “I love working with Kevin, who is an amazing musician and someone who really appreciates American music and knows how to play it well. With Kevin, I can’t think of two more exciting and engaging performers to do this repertoire than Kimberly and Jason. Our audience will love it!”
Single tickets for this concert are $12 for students and $40/45 for adults (with an additional Maryland Hall Service fee) are available at the Maryland Hall Box Office by calling 410-280-5640 or online at www.marylandhall.org. The Student Rush ticket program is active for this concert. Students over 18 with valid IDs may visit the box office a half-hour before curtain to receive a free ticket (best available). Students under 18 do not need a valid ID.
Live Arts Maryland is a non-profit arts organization that is passionate about making life in our community better by presenting high-quality music and providing music education for all ages. Live Arts Maryland’s performing ensembles include the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Chorus, Cantori, a women’s ensemble and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra. It is also the co-presenter of the Thursday Concert Series and the Bach+ series at St. Anne’s Church in downtown Annapolis. It is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.