My Favorite Arranger Part 3: Robert Russell Bennett
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My Favorite Arranger Part 3: Robert Russell Bennett
Robert Russell Bennett was the first president of ASMAC and is best known for his arrangement and orchestration of many well-known Broadway and Hollywood musicals by other composers such as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and Richard Rodgers. Bennett’s musical works include Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! South Pacific The King and I, Flower Drum Song and The Sound of Music. Other Broadway landmarks over the years include Show Boat, Annie Get Your Gun, Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate, and Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady and Camelot. Other notable work includes major contributions for the television series Victory at Sea. Bennett was given a Special Tony Award in 1957 and again in 2008, an Oscar for the film Oklahoma! and 1963 an Emmy Award for NBC's Project 20. Bennett also composed over 80 concert works and is the author of the book Instrumentally Speaking.
Jack Campey was born in Ross-on-Wye and graduated from the University of Exeter in 2014. It was during his time there that he found himself heavily involved with music. He conducted two musicals for the Footlights Society; West Side Story and Into the Woods. For the former, he was awarded the Music Society award for Best Conductor – 2014.
During his studies he was also Musical Director for the university Big Band, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra and Brass Ensemble and he found the time to continue his passion for playing trumpet, percussion and piano.
After university, Jack continued to work on his musical ambitions and became Assistant Conductor of The Film Orchestra. He also organized several musical shows after his father died in 2015, as a way of raising funds for St Michael’s Hospice.
In 2018 Jack set up The Studio Orchestra, bringing together some of the best professional musicians around the UK, who are dedicated to the music of film, theatre and TV and have a passion to perform this fabulous genre of music.
In 2019, Jack and the 60-piece professional orchestra performed the music of five-time Oscar winner John Williams at Cheltenham Town with memorable themes from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Superman, Jaws, E.T. and many more.
He is passionate about music, especially the music from the Golden Age of Hollywood and Broadway.
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.
George Ferencz’s research specialty since the late 1980s has been Robert Russell Bennett, ASMAC’s founding President. George authored “Robert Russell Bennett: A Bio-Bibliography” in 1990 and is editor of Bennett’s memoir, “The Broadway Sound,” published in 1999. He regularly serves as a resource on Bennett’s life & work to conductors, researchers, performers, and institutions worldwide.
George recently retired from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he taught music theory, ear-training, and arranging. His free-lance arranging for Hal Leonard has included contributions to the PVG folios for “Wicked,” “Urinetown,” “Avenue Q,” and “The King and I.”
Bruce Pomahac was the Director of Music for The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization for 25 years. For Broadway he orchestrated Claibe Richardson's incidental musical score for The Curse of an Aching Heart, starring Faye Dunaway and Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair, starring John Davidson. He was the conductor and co-vocal arranger (with Hugh Martin) for the Broadway production of Meet Me in St. Louis and provided vocal and dance arrangements for the Broadway production of White Christmas and additional dance arrangements for the Broadway production of Holiday Inn. He orchestrated the recording of Richard Rodgers' first musical, Fly with Me (1920) and orchestrated and conducted the premiere recording of Rodgers' final musical, I Remember Mama (1979). With Ted Chapin and David Lai he co-produced the first complete recording of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro (conducted by Larry Blank). Mr. Pomahac is currently a consultant for Rodgers & Hammerstein (Concord Music), The Irving Berlin Music Company and the Frederick Loewe Foundation.
A native New Yorker, Jonathan Tunick grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and attended the High School of Music and Art, Bard College (AB 1958) and Juilliard (MS 1960), where he studied composition under Vittorio Giannini.
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 nearly all of Sondheim’s musicals.) Notable shows 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 and West Side Story.
He has composed and conducted film scores for Mike Nichols (The Birdcage), Franco Zeffirelli (Endless Love), and Sidney Lumet (Find Me Guilty), as well as for such TV classics as 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 for 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.
In recent years he 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 .
Previously holding the Emmy, Grammy and Academy Awards, in 1997 he was awarded the first Tony ever given for orchestration for Titanic, elevating him to “EGOT” status; one of the very few persons to hold all four major awards. He holds 11 Tony and 13 Drama Desk nominations. In 2009 he was inducted into Broadway’s Theatre Hall of Fame.
|Event Date||Saturday, October 24, 2020 12:00 pm|
|Registration Start Date||Sunday, October 18, 2020 12:00 pm|
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