Date: 7:30pm EDT September 13, 2019
Rebecca Luker, American Songbook
Individual tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (non-WC College Students / Seniors over age 65 / WC faculty & staff). WC students and youth 18 and under are free. Individual tickets can be purchased online with a credit card via EventBrite, or with cash or check at the door. Season tickets can be purchased on the Concert Series website. Inquires and ticket holds can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-778-7839 (Debbie Reed).
Rebecca Luker’s Broadway roles include Helen in FUN HOME. CINDERELLA’S Fairy Godmother, Marie. Winifred in the original Broadway production of MARY POPPINS (Tony Award nomination), Claudia Nardi in NINE opposite Antonio Banderas, Marian Paroo in THE MUSIC MAN (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award nomination & Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination); Magnolia in SHOWBOAT (Tony Award nomination), Lily in THE SECRET GARDEN (Drama Desk Nomination); Christine in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. With the New York City Opera Ms. Luker was featured in X (THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MALCOLM X) and was Fiona in BRIGADOON. Off-Broadway she starred in Maury Yeston’s DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY – Outer Critics Circle nomination (Roundabout, 2011), the world premiere of A.R.Gurney’s INDIAN BLOOD (Primary Stages), CAN’T LET GO (Keen Company) and THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES.
Joseph Thalken is an award-winning composer, conductor and pianist whose theater and concert works have been performed internationally. His music has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Somerled Charitable Foundation and the Shen Family Foundation. He recently conducted the Dallas Chamber Symphony in the world premiere of his new chamber orchestra work,Chasing Home, commissioned by Bruce Wood Dance. He is also the composer of the musicals Harold and Maude, Was, Fall of ’94 And the Curtain Rises, and Borrowed Dust, and his concert works encompass chamber, choral, orchestral, wind ensemble and vocal music. He has served as music director and/or arranger for luminaries of Broadway and classical music, including Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli, Rebecca Luker, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Renée Fleming, Kristin Chenoweth, Polly Bergen, Faith Prince, Marin Mazzie, Elizabeth Futral, Catherine Malfitano, Denyce Graves, Joshua Bell, Michael Crawford, Howard McGillin, Jason Danieley, Nathan Gunn, Rodney Gilfry and Brian Stokes Mitchell. He recently performed with the New York Philharmonic for their 2019 Spring Gala, for which he also wrote several orchestrations. After graduating from Northwestern University, he spent five years in Europe, where he worked as a coach, conductor and composer. He has taught music theater composition at Yale University and is a long-time resident of New York City.