2010 Pops Concert:
Forty Years of Fabulous Favorites
Friday & Saturday, May 7 & 8 at 7:30 pm
Weber Chapel Auditorium, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove
Special Guest Artist: Kaitlyn Lusk
Sponsor: The Northumberland National Bank
Co-sponsors: (for special guest artist) Butter-Krust Bakers and Wood-Mode, Inc.
FOR THE SONGS OF YOUR LIFE! As you probably know, the Chorale’s Pops events are perennial crowd favorites. For 40 years, the Chorale has entertained audiences with an eclectic mix of great popular music. For this very special anniversary performance, the Chorale picked the best of the best from previous concerts. A few songs planned include: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Save the Last Dance for Me, In The Still Of The Night, and At the Hop. The Concert closes with an “All-American” flair with America the Beautiful and God Bless America.
“Our Forty Years of Favorites actually includes songs from every decade of the 1900’s… Regardless of age, everyone will hear certain songs that will take them back in time...nostalgic moments when they were younger.”
– Dr. William Payn, Music Director and Conductor
WE ARE THRILLED to welcome Soprano Kaitlyn Lusk to this concert. Kaitlyn is a Pennsylvania native—and first performed with the Chorale as a soloist when she was just 15 years old. Since then she has appeared with countless orchestras around the world, including the Boston Pops. Now at 20, she returns to the SVC, performing selections from her FilmSong repertoire…sure to be a captivating performance! Learn more at .
MEET THE ARTISTS
Kaitlyn Lusk, Soprano
Kaitlyn has quickly gained international acclaim and won the hearts of audiences everywhere with her incredible voice and captivating presence. She has been sought-after for solo appearances with many of the nation's leading orchestras. Show-stopping performances at the New Year's Eve showcase with the Boston Pops and a follow-up engagement with the premier pops orchestra featuring her refreshing renditions of classic MGM songs made famous by the young Judy Garland garnered her standing ovations from the sold-out concerts.
In her already impressive career she has demonstrated extraordinary versatility and musical depth. Since the fall of 2004, Kaitlyn has been the featured vocal soloist in Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings Symphony. She has performed this role with many of this country's finest orchestras including Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, and Boston. Kaitlyn now enjoys traveling the world with Howard Shore on the live musical presentations of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy in major venues such as Royal Albert Hall in London, and Radio City Music Hall in New York with legendary ensembles like the London Symphony, the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic.
In addition to her live performances, Kaitlyn's first studio album, No Looking Back, features some of the finest musicians and songwriters in the industry today. The project was produced by the award-winning composer and arranger, Kim Scharnberg, whose initial response to Kaitlyn's voice reflects the feelings of anyone lucky enough to hear her sing: "I heard Kaitlyn's demo," says Scharnberg; "I had to meet her. I had to hear her sing."
Whether it is the interpretations of her original songs, music of the young Judy Garland or the epic score to the Lord Of The Rings, Kaitlyn always delivers the same youthful exuberance matched with poise beyond her years. "To me what makes a great singer is how well they express the meaning of a song to those who are listening," Kaitlyn states. "When I sing, I search inside myself to find my feelings and thoughts, expressing every lyric, and tinting every phrase with my own emotions."
Jon Werking, Pianist and Music Director for Kaitlyn Lusk
Mr. Werking has played on countless films, including Gangs of New York, You've Got Mail and Beauty and the Beast. His television credits include Live with Regis and Kelly, Guiding Light, Loving, BET and The Tony Awards. Jon performed on Broadway in the Tony Award winning Fosse and has accompanied some the finest vocalists in jazz and contemporary music, including Toni Braxton, Patti LaBelle and Roberta Flack. Arriving in New York in the late 80's, Jon began playing with the jazz vocal group New York Voices. Around this same time, he began working more as a session player and was sought after for his wide range of styles (jazz, pop, R&B, funk, rock, country, and even classical) and for his unique ability to fit into different musical settings and add something special. Some of his major influences are Richard Tee, Bob James, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Dave Grusin, Chick Corea, Lyle Mays, Warren Bernhardt and the late Don Grolnick. Jon has performed and/or recorded with a vast array of artists and ensembles. In addition to those previously mentioned, they include Michael and Randy Brecker, guitarists Chuck Loeb and Larry Coryell, saxophonists Bill Evans and Bob Berg, The Buddy Rich Big Band, and the New York and Boston Pops Orchestras.