Broadway Star to Join Forces with Bucknell Symphonic Band
April 19, 2017
Posted on April 19, 2017, BY Samantha Wallace
The Bucknell University Symphonic Band's spring concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. It will include classic compositions for band by such composers as Percy Grainger, Karl King and Gordon Jacob. The concert also will feature acclaimed Broadway singer Ivan Rutherford performing some of the most-loved songs from "Les Misérables." Admission is free, and advance tickets are not required.
"We had Ivan perform here with the Bucknell band five years ago, and it was one of the most memorable performances I've experienced in over 30 years as an ensemble conductor," said the band's director, Professor William Kenny, music. "I like the idea of combining great works written originally for band, with great pieces that we borrow from the Broadway stage. And having Ivan bring to the performance such a depth of experience with this music will be a treat for the band members, and for the audience."
Rutherford is most famous for performing the role of Jean Valjean in "Les Misérables" more than 2,300 times on Broadway and national tours. He was honored with the role performing with the 10th anniversary company in New York, and played alongside Andrea McArdle at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine and Lea Salonga on Broadway in the show's 20th Anniversary revival. Rutherford also was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Valjean at the First Annual National Broadway Theatre Awards. Other notable roles include the Caliph in "Kismet"; Tony in "West Side Story"; Lt. Joe Cable in "South Pacific," in which he won a Drama-Logue Award; and Officer Charles Lightoller in the Broadway production of "Titanic."
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