PORTLAND – The Portland Symphony Orchestra will present Three Broadway Divas, featuring the vocal talents of Debbie Gravitte, Jan Horvath and Christiane Noll, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10-11, at Merrill Auditorium.
Guest conductor Markand Thakar will lead the PSO, bringing Broadway tunes from “A Chorus Line,” “Les Misérables,” “Evita,” “Gypsy” and other favorites to life.
Thakar first gained national attention in 1997, when he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic, stepping in for Leonard Slatkin on short notice and with no rehearsal. He returned to the podium that summer, opening the Philharmonic’s outdoor season with concerts in Central Park and the boroughs. He is music director of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.
He has appeared with numeous symphony orchestras and has guest conducted frequently at the Aspen Music Festival, appearing with Yo-Yo Ma and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and with Itzhak Perlman and the Boulder Philharmonic.
An accomplished scholar, Thakar is the author of “Counterpoint: Fundamentals of Music Making.”
Gravitte’s varied career has taken her from the Broadway stage to Symphony Hall and many points between. She won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Jerome Robbins’ “Broadway,” along with a Drama Desk Award nomination and New York Showstopper Award. After making her Broadway debut in the original cast of “They’re Playing Our Song,” she went on to appear in “Perfectly Frank” (Drama Desk Award nomination), “Blues In The Night,” “Ain’t Broadway Grand,” “Zorba,” “Chicago,” and “Les Misérables.”
For the past 10 years, Horvath has been the soprano soloist with Bravo Broadway. She has worked with such legendary talents as Marvin Hamlisch, Doc Severinsen and Erich Kunzel and has appeared as a guest soloist with more than 100 orchestras. She was a member of the original Broadway company of “The Phantom of the Opera,” performing the roles of Christine and Carlotta.
Noll made her Broadway debut starring in “Jekyll & Hyde,” playing the role of Emma. She received an Ovation Award for her comedic turn as Hope Cladwell in the National Tour of “Urinetown” and wowed audiences again as Vanna Vane in the new musical “The Mambo Kings.”
She has been a frequent guest soloist as part of Bravo Broadway with symphony orchestras around the world. She made her opera debut with Plácido Domingo and the Washington National Opera in “The Merry Widow” as Valencienne at The Kennedy Center and her Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson, in his last pops performance, as one of the three Broadway Divas with The New York Pops.
The Three Broadway Divas will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 11. Tickets, from $15 to $54, may be purchased through PortTix, 842-0800; at the PortTix box office, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and online at www.porttix.com.
For more information, visit www.portlandsymphony.com.