Glacier Symphony launches Cosmic Vibrations its 34th concert season with The Very best of John Denver a Symphonic Pops concert featuring Broadway Star, Mike Eldred
Glacier Symphony will perform The Very Best of John Denver a Symphony Pops concert that showcases the dynamic, versatile range of the orchestra and will feature one of Broadway’s most revered tenors, Mike Eldred.
“It’s a perfect show to launch our 34th concert season,” comments John Zoltek, who enters his 20th season with the GSC as both Music Director and conductor. “It follows on our successful summer season of concerts; July’s Summer Pops concert at Rebecca Farm and the week long Festival Amadeus that wrapped up in August. This performing ensemble of musicians has such an incredibly wide range, from the complexities of classical to the very singable music of John Denver… it is a joy to lead them on these musical journeys!”
Mike Eldred will lend his soaring lyrical voice to an exceptional orchestra scoring of John Denver’s greatest hits including Sunshine On My Shoulders – Annie’s Song – Rocky Mountain High – Take Me Home Country Road – High Calypso –Thank God I’m A Country Boy – The Eagle and The Hawk and much more. The concerts will be held at Whitefish Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 pm followed on Sept. 18 with a Sunday matinee at 3 pm. Visit the website www.gscmusic.org to learn more about the season and purchase tickets or call 406-407-7000.
Eldred says the concert pays tribute to the John Denver songbook without trying to copy his iconic singing style. “It’s unlike the other John Denver tributes that exist in that it focuses on the amazing songs John wrote and performed more so than it does the recording artist himself. It isn’t an imitation, so to speak, as much as it is a nod to the brilliant poetry and deceptively simple melodies that Denver presented. It is an honor to present these songs in a different light.”
Eldred, a Tennessee resident, is truly bringing the work home as he says it was first conceived at his second home in Whitefish while visiting his friends Diane Smith and David Pickeral several years ago. “So many creative ideas have happened when I’m in the Flathead Valley. Obviously, the connection to and inspiration of John’s music is so prevalent here with those of us who ‘relocate’ or ‘escape’ to the Northwest.”
Mike recalls that his personal interest in John’s music began when he was eight years old, driving across the country in a station wagon with his family. “I’ll never forget hearing that voice while seeing the Rocky Mountains for the first time. It’s hard to describe the impact it had on my life.”
The concert became a reality in Flat Rock, North Carolina a year or so later, then reached it’s full potential in a premiere with the Nashville Symphony in 2012. Since then Eldred says he has had a great time touring the concert and performing it with symphonies across the country. “I absolutely love this concert!”
An artist of tremendous depth and reach Eldred has appeared in Les Miserables as “Jean Valjean” on Broadway, at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall, and the Aspen Theatre. He was in the original Broadway cast of the Tony-nominated The Civil War and performed in the 25th anniversary national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar and in the national concert tour of Handel’s Messiah Rocks. He starred as “Tony” in the Nashville Symphony’s production of West Side Story earning international praise as “arguably the best ‘Tony’ on record.” The cast recording of the show starring Eldred was released on NAXOS International.
He is increasingly interested in using his performances to raise awareness and funds for causes close to him. A benefit concert in Montana raised thousands of dollars for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
In addition to numerous appearances on recordings and DVDs, Eldred has released three solo CDs that have garnered critical and popular acclaim. These include favorites from his years on Broadway, a holiday album, and a celebration of the music of John Denver, which he offers as a symphony pops concert.
Eldred has performed in concert with most of North America’s finest symphony orchestras including Baltimore, Boston, Chautauqua, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Long Beach, Milwaukee, Modesto, Naples, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver.
To learn more about this exceptional artist visit www.mikeeldred.com.
Visit the website www.gscmusic.org to learn more about the season and purchase tickets or call 406-407-7000.
Glacier Symphony holds a special Soiree featuring Broadway star Mike Eldred
Glacier Symphony and Chorale presents “Tenor Moments,” an evening of music and song featuring Mike Eldred, one of Broadway’s most beloved singers. The event will be held on Thursday, September 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. and hosted by Greg and Cyndi Olson at their home in Whitefish.
Eldred will lend his soaring lyrical to many best-loved Broadway hits and accompanied by Jeff Steinberg, on piano. An artist of tremendous depth and reach Eldred has appeared in Les Miserables as “Jean Valjean” on Broadway, at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall, and the Aspen Theatre. He was in the original Broadway cast of the Tony-nominated The Civil War and performed in the 25th anniversary national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar and in the national concert tour of Handel’s Messiah Rocks. He starred as “Tony” in the Nashville Symphony’s production of West Side Story earning international praise as “arguably the best ‘Tony’ on record.” The cast recording of the show starring Eldred was released on NAXOS International.
Light desserts, savories and beverages will be served. The cost is $175 per person or $300 per couple. Each ticket receives a complimentary ticket to the Glacier Symphony Pops “The Best of John Denver Concert” with Mike Eldred on September 17/18 at Whitefish Performing Arts Center. A portion of the proceeds is a tax deductible contribution to the GSC.
Space is limited and reservations are required by September 9, 2016; call 407-7000. For more information about the soiree and the GSC Fall concert visit www.gscmusic.org.