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DSO Kicks off 2011-12 Pops Season Featuring Original Rodgers & Hammerstein Scor

Rodgers & Hammerstein
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Join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) as it teams up with Broadway composer, conductor and orchestrator Jonathan Tunick for three performances from Oct. 14-16. Tunick, joined by Tony Award-winning vocalist Shuler Hensley and Tony nominee Kate Baldwin, will showcase original scores of Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites in an event titled, "An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein." The performances take place Friday, October 14 at 10:45 a.m.; Saturday, October 15 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 16 at 3 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

The program features a wide array of original scores by Rodgers & Hammerstein from such broadway productions as South Pacific, Oklahoma, carousel and State Fair, along with selections from the film, The Sound of Music.

Jonathan Tunick's long Broadway career as orchestrator includes such titles as Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Into The Woods, Passion, The Frogs, Road Show, as well as films like Promises, Promises, A Catered Affair, LoveMusik, A Chorus Line, The Color Purple, Titanic and Nine.

He has worked as composer and conductor of film scores for Mike Nichols, Franco Zeffirelli and Sidney Lumet, on titles like Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and TV classics Murder, She Wrote and Columbo. His work as arranger and conductor on records by Bernadette Peters, Judy Collins, Itzhak Perlman, Placido Domingo, Johnny Mathis, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand and Paul McCartney.

Tunick's recent album accompanying vocalist Kate Bush is due for release shortly. With his Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Academy Awards he is one of only eight people holding all four major awards. In 2009 he was elected to the Theatre Hall Of Fame.

Shuler Hensley won a Tony Award for his searing portrayal of Jud Fry in the Broadway revival of Oklahoma! for which he also received an Olivier in London. Other Broadway appearances include Young Frankenstein, Tarzan, and Les Miserables. On film, Shuler was featured in Van Helsing, The Legend Of Zorro, and the upcoming Odd Thomas. Recent concert appearances with Michael Tilson Thomas include The Thomashevsky Project, with the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco and New World Symphonies (filmed for PBS), and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Shuler will return to San Francisco for performances of Schoenberg's Survivor From Warsaw, again conducted by Tilson Thomas.

Kate Baldwin is a veteran of Broadway and national stages alike. Her starring role in the recent revival of Yip Harburg's and Burton Lane's classic musical, Finian's Rainbow, launched her into the same league as Broadway's finest. She received 2010 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critic's Circle Award nominations for her portrayal of Sharon McLonergan

Baldwin has appeared in the Broadway casts of The Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wonderful Town. She starred in the national tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Henry V at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Women at San Diego's Old Globe, She Loves Me at the Willliamstown Theatre Festival, and South Pacific at Arena Stage, earning a Helen Hayes Award nomination.

Her concert work includes several appearances with Stephen Sondheim as a featured performer in his critically acclaimed evening, "A Conversation with Stephen Sondheim." She has appeared at the Chicago Humanities Festival, as well as sung with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, The Chesapeake Orchestra and the New York Pops. With music director Rob Berman, she has played famed Feinstein's nightclub and sold out at Birdland, New York City's legendary jazz club, and graced the stage at the Allen Room for Lincoln Center's prestigious American Songbook series.

On television, her work includes a guest appearance on NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" and a featured role in the PBS filming of Stephen Sondheim's Passion. Her film work includes "Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best" due out this Fall. Baldwin's debut album on PS Classics entitled "Let's See What Happens" features Lane and Harburg songs from both stage and feature films. She released her second recording in July 2011 entitled, "She Loves Him." It celebrates the work of Pulitzer Prize and Tony winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick and features him on five songs.


Tickets to An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein range in price from $19 to $68 with a limited number of box seats available for $105. Tickets may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or


Pops Series

An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein

Orchestra Hall

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Wayne State University Symphonic Choir, Norah Duncan IV, director Jonathan Tunick,conductor; Diana Basmajian, director; Shuler Hensley and Kate Baldwin, vocals

Friday, October 14 at 10:45 a.m.; Saturday, October 15 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m.

Music and lyrics for this program by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II


BENNETT, Orch. Surrey with the Fringe on Top from Oklahoma

JONATHAN TUNICK, Arr. Mr. Snow from Carousel

WALKER, Orch. If I Loved You from Carousel

BENNETT, Orch. A Wonderful Guy from South Pacific

WALKER, Orch. When the Children Are Asleep from Carousel Soliloquy from Carousel

JONATHAN TUNICK, Orch. It Might As Well Be Spring from State Fair

WALKER, Orch. You'll Never Walk Alone from Carousel The Carousel Waltz from Carousel

BENNETT, Orch. There is Nothin' Like A Dame from South Pacific

JONATHAN TUNICK, Orch. Out of My Dreams from Oklahoma

BENNETT, Orch. Hello, Young Lovers from South Pacific Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific; Edelweiss from The Sound of Music; It's a Grand Night for Singing from State Fair; Oklahoma from Oklahoma

About the DSO

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros and collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season. The DSO offers a performance schedule that includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young people’s concerts and festivals. The DSO makes its home in historic Orchestra Hall, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, and actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit


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