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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 26, 2015
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REDLANDS SYMPHONY MARKS THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF “THE SOUND OF MUSIC” WITH A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF BROADWAY

Maestro Jon Robertson Leads the Orchestra in a Program Featuring a Rodgers and Hammerstein Sing-along, Saturday, March 7, 2015

REDLANDS, CAMaestro Jon Robertson will lead the Redlands Symphony as it celebrates the 50###sup/sup### Anniversary of the film “The Sound of Music” as part of a program featuring the iconic music of Broadway on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Redlands. The evening will include music by composers Leonard BERNSTEIN, Aaron COPLAND, Richard RODGERS, and Oscar HAMMERSTEIN II. Doors open at 7 PM and a pre-concert talk about the performance will begin at 7:15 PM. The performance begins at 8 PM. Single tickets starting at $15 are available at the door on the night of the performance.

The complete program for the evening includes The Candide Overture by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland’s Music for the Theatre, The Carousel Waltz by Richard Rodgers and a special audience sing-along featuring music from South Pacific, Oklahoma!, The King & I, and The South of Music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Respected theater vocalists Debbie Prutsman and Norman Large will perform and lead the audience in the sing-along.

“I expect our audience for this concert will leave Memorial Chapel humming and whistling their favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein tunes; it’s going to be that kind of evening,” according to Maestro Jon Robertson. “The music from America’s Broadway stage is entertaining and uplifting, truly beautiful and engaging.”

This will be the premiere performance with the Redlands Symphony for both Debbie Prutsman and Norman Large.

Debbie is a much sought-after performer on the Southern California musical theater scene. She performs everywhere from Los Angeles to San Diego and all points between. She is known for her vocal versatility, moving easily from her classical roots to jazz, musical theater, and even country. She’s performed with theater companies like Musical Theater West, Moonlight Amphitheater, San Diego Music Theater, The Actors’ Coop, Performance Riverside, Candlelight Dinner Theater, the Lawrence Welk Resort, and Starlight Amphitheater. In the last year, she has performed everything from Grizabella in Cats to Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd to the Bird Woman and Mrs. Andrews in Mary Poppins. Other favorite roles include Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly, Hesione in Triumph of Love, the Witch in Into the Woods (Actor’s Coop, Moonlight, SRO, Riverside), and Madame Carlotta in Phantom.

Norman Large’s extremely varied career bridges Broadway, film, television, concert, opera, recording, and voiceover. He has been nominated for seven “Best Actor” Ovation Awards in Los Angeles. On Broadway Norman played the leading role of Count Fosco in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman In White. He originated the role of the Bishop of Digne in the original Broadway production of Les Miserables, going on to star as Thenardier and ultimately as Inspector Javert. He also played leading roles on Broadway in A Doll’s Life, and Silverlake. Norman has starred in major productions of The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, My Fair Lady (Arizoni Award), Sweeney Todd (Ovation Award nomination), La Cage Aux Folles (Ovation nomination), Phantom (Ovation nomination), H.M.S. Pinafore (Republic Award), Man of La Mancha, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, The King & I, Brigadoon, The Secret Garden, Sunday in the Park with George, Chess, and many others.

The sponsor for the March concert is The Wheeler Family Trust. Sponsors of the 2014-15 season are Ann and Vaughn Bryan. The Redlands Symphony is a professional, independent nonprofit orchestra. Single tickets for the concert are available at the door and online at RedlandsSymphony.com. Tickets may also be purchased before concert night by calling the box office at 909-748-8018.

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MAESTRO JON ROBERTSON will lead the Redlands Symphony in a tribute to the iconic music of Broadway and celebrate the 50###sup/sup### anniversary of the firm version of The Sound of Music in a concert scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Redlands. The concert begins at 8 PM; doors open at 7 PM. There will be a pre-concert presentation about the program that starts at 7:15 PM. The complete program for the evening includes The Candide Overture by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland’s Music for the Theatre, The Carousel Waltz by Richard Rodgers and a special audience sing-along featuring music from South Pacific, Oklahoma!, The King & I, and The South of Music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Vocalists Debbie Prutsman and Norman Large will perform and lead the audience in a Rodgers and Hammerstein sing-along. Single tickets starting at $15 are available at the door on the night of the performance. Concert tickets are available online at www.RedlandsSymphony.com or by calling the box office at (909) 748-8018.

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