Symphony Series: Oh, Those Gershwin Boys!
Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 7:30pm
Free Inside the Music Pre-Concert Talk, 6:30pm, Reid Campus Center
An evening of music by George and Ira Gershwin.
Featuring vocalists Rocky Blumhagen and Susannah Mars.
Show devised and directed by Jack Moore, arrangements and orchestrations by Charlie Creasy.
Adult - $17, $24, $28
Student - $8, $12, $16
Youth (18 & under) - $5
Susannah Mars is the recipient of six Portland Drama Critics Awards, and a Manhattan Association of Cabaret and Clubs nomination for her and Bill Well’s premiere CD, Take Me To The World. Based in Portland, Oregon, most recently you may have seen her as Dinah in The Quality of Life at Artists Rep or at The Portland Playhouse as Margaret in The Light In The PIazza. She was also Golde in Portland Center Stage’s The Fiddler On The Roof. Last season you may have seen Ms. Mars in her award winning turn as Diana in Next To Normal at Artists Rep. In future, look for the release of the cast album of the new musical WATT?!? by Brendan Millburn and David Javerbaum; the production of which she joyfully originated the role of Leilani Watt for The Village Theatre in Issaquah, Washington. This season she also appeared on GRIMM on NBC, as Drew Wu’s psychiatrist, Dr. Richet. She has been awarded a Regional Arts and Culture Council Council grant for her original show Good Grief. Find out more at www.susannahmars.com.
Susannah resides in Damascus, Oregon with her husband and youngest daughter while her eldest attends Syracuse University. Go Orange!
Native son, Rocky Blumhagen, returns to Cordiner Hall after his successful Cole Porter/Valentine concert in February 2012. Rocky’s local roots run deep. His maternal great, great grandparents settled on Baskett Mountain in the foothills of Milton-Freewater in 1865. Most maternal Wells/Winn relatives and paternal Blumhagen family tree, have been in the valley 150yrs. Rocky’s parents, Otto and Eleanor, born in Milton-Freewater, called it home their entire lives. Rocky dedicates this performance in their memory.
Rocky, a Mac-Hi and Lewis & Clark College graduate, is also a certified Hatha Yoga teacher. Wellbeing is especially important as Rocky nears a personal goal: Raising One Million Dollars for charity - He recently crossed the $700,000 mark!
Originally created for an Arlene Schnitzer fundraiser for the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at OHSU, and performed with the Portland Chamber Orchestra, this show has raised funds for many others in the time since.
“Easy to Love” Rocky’s CD, featuring Cole Porter sung to lush orchestrations played by members of the PCO, is available today. Proceeds benefit the Walla Walla Symphony!