Don Walker: A Look at a Broadway Legend
LA 12 PM | NY 3 PM | UK 8 PM
Don Walker: A Look at a Broadway Legend
DON WALKER was a major Broadway presence for more than forty years. Along the way he orchestrated new musicals by virtually all of the major composers of the genre: Romberg, Porter, Berlin, Rodgers, Schwartz, Duke, Lane, Rome, Styne, Bernstein, Loesser, Meredith Willson, Bock, Sondheim, and Kander (plus Lloyd Webber and Stephen Schwartz). Carousel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Call Me Madam, The Pajama Came, The Most Happy Fella, The Music Man, She Loves Me, Fiddler On The Roof, and Cabaret are just a few off the more than 100 musicals for which Walker was sole or principal orchestrator.
In this event, orchestrator and conductor Larry Blank will discuss works from Walker's later years, including Anyone Can Whistle, Cabaret, Fiddler and Shenandoah. Contributors include musical theatre scholar Jon Alan Conrad and legendary orchestrator Jonathan Tunick.
Larry Blank is one of the most prolific and sought-after composers, conductors, and orchestrators in the entertainment business today. His work has been presented all over the world, including some of Broadway’s most successful musicals, Carnegie Hall, and top television and film projects.
He was the music director/conductor and/or vocal arranger for many shows on Broadway and in Los Angeles including Evita, La Cage Aux Folles, Phantom of the Opera, Copperfield, Colette, A Chorus Line and A Little Night Music.
He has been nominated three times for both the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for his orchestrations in The Drowsy Chaperone, Irving Berlin's White Christmas and with Marc Shaiman for Catch Me If You Can. Larry received a Drama Desk nomination for orchestrations for A Christmas Story and Honeymoon in Las Vegas.
Larry contributed to the orchestrations for both the stage and film production of The Producers as well as the film Chicago.
Larry is a regular conductor and arranger for BBC Radio 2 Friday Night is Music Night in the UK.
Larry is also the music director and orchestrator (along with Mark Cumberland) for the Olivier Awards in London.
Mr. Blank has worked with top talent from varied fields of the entertainment world, notably as personal conductor to Michael Crawford. He has also worked with Michael Feinstein, Marvin Hamlisch, Bernadette Peters, Kelsey Grammer, Christine Baranski, Roberta Flack, Pete Fountain, Peabo Bryson, Sally Kellerman, Nancy Dussault, Marc Shaiman, Jerry Herman, Ann-Margaret, Davis Gaines, Bette Midler, George Benson, Placido Domingo, Randy Newman, Trisha Yearwood, Tom Scott, Quincy Jones, Michael Bolton, John Raitt and Diana Rigg.
Blank’s background includes orchestrating and arranging songs for South Park and was music supervisor and orchestrator for Jerry Herman’s movie, Mrs. Santa Claus starring Angela Lansbury and Charles Durning. Some of the films he lent his talent to include The Kid, The American President, City Slickers II, The Net and That’s Entertainment III. His music can be heard on the animated feature films Cats Don’t Dance and All Dogs Go to Heaven as well as the 101 Dalmatians Christmas Special.
Mr. Blank’s television work includes orchestrating and composing music for several of the GRAMMY Awards and Academy Award shows as well as numerous television movies and shows.
Mr. Blank has guest conducted many of the orchestras throughout the world, including The San Francisco Symphony, The New York Philharmonic, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Auckland Symphony, The National Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Pops, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Symphony.
Larry has been named Resident Pops Conductor along with regular Pops conductor Michael Feinstein for The Pasadena Symphony and Pops.
Dr. Jon Alan Conrad received his Doctor of Philosophy in Music Theory from Indiana University in 1985, with a dissertation studying style and structure in the songs of George Gershwin. He was a contributing editor for Opus magazine and is on the advisory board of the British journal Studies in Musical Theatre. He has written for such publications as Opera Quarterly, Opera News, and The New York Times. He is a contributor to The New Grove Dictionary of Music, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The Viking/Penguin Opera Guide, The Metropolitan Opera Guide To Recorded Opera, and The Metropolitan Opera Guide to Opera on Video.
His conference presentations reflect his special research interest in theater orchestration, which is one of the topics he wrote about for the New Grove Dictionary. At the conference “The British and American Musical” at the University of Bristol in 2006, he spoke about the challenge faced by those who restored the original orchestrations for the musical Carousel in 2000. At the conference “American Musical Theater” at CUNY Graduate Center in 2008, he was part of a panel presentation on “Musical Theater Orchestration, Past and Present” along with George Ferencz of the University of Wisconsin and Bruce Pomahac of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. He is editing full-score critical editions of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies for the series Music of the USA and of Kurt Weill’s One Touch of Venus for the Kurt Weill Edition. The former was used in performance by the series Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert and the latter by Opera North in Leeds, England.
Long regarded as Broadway’s preeminent orchestrator, Jonathan Tunick's credits extend beyond his legendary orchestrations of Stephen Sondheim's shows. As a composer he has written extensively for film, television and the concert hall, and has the rare distinction of “EGOT” status, holding all four major entertainment awards.
His first major credit as an orchestrator was Promises, Promises (1968), which led to a long series of other Broadway musicals, notably those of Stephen Sondheim: he has orchestrated almost all of Sondheim’s musicals.) These include Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, A Chorus Line, Sweeney Todd, Nine, Into The Woods, Passion, The Color Purple, Road Show and A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder, plus the recent revivals of Carousel, West Side Story and The Music Man.
He has composed and conducted film scores for Mike Nichols (The Bird Cage), Franco Zeffirelli (Endless Love), and Sidney Lumet (Find Me Guilty), as well as TV classics Murder, She Wrote, and Columbo. Other film work includes Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, A Little Night Music, and The Fantasticks.
He has also served as arranger/ conductor of recordings with such artists as Bernadette Peters, Bette Midler, Judy Collins, Itzhak Perlman, Placido Domingo, Neil Diamond, Kate Bush, Barbra Streisand and Paul McCartney. In 2002 he conducted Company at the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration, Washington, D.C.
A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, in recent years Jonathan has returned to serious composition, premiering his Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Cheever Country suite for orchestra and Serenade For Strings. He has also composed extensively for voice, both solo and chorus.
|Event Date||Saturday, January 15, 2022 12:00 pm|
|Cut off date||Saturday, January 15, 2022 3:00 pm|