Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra to feature Broadway star
Steamboat Springs — Just like in the Broadway show “Wicked,” the Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra concert will tell its own story with music from Brahms, Bernstein, Barber, Schwartz and more.
The voice to carry the story from piece to piece will be Tiffany Haas, who has appeared on Broadway in a number of roles, most notably as Glinda, the good witch in “Wicked.”
“She has this innate desire to tell stories regardless of the style of music,” said Earnest Richardson, music director and conductor for the Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra. “For one person to sing this span of music in one program is almost unheard of I would say. But here is this voice who can truly do all of these styles.”
The Steamboat Orchestra will present “Brahms, Bernstein and Broadway” at 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Strings Music Pavilion. The program will open with a “Bells Tollf or Stan” composed by Richardson in memory of Stan Whittemore and will also include songs like “Let it Go” from the movie “Frozen” and “Popular” from “Wicked.”
“The arcs he consistently takes our community on in his concerts requires a singer with this kind of range, and to be honest, I doubt there are many of them around,” said Mical Hutson, Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra executive director. “Ernest knows how to engage us, and it takes a special person to join forces with him in that.”
The New York City production of “Wicked” is where Haas got her start as a swing performer — a job that required her to cover all of the female roles in the show. She then learned the lesson of perseverance, which led her to the role of Glinda.
For the past 10 years, Haas has worked in numerous symphony orchestras but this will be her first time working with the Steamboat Springs Symphony Orchestra.
“There is nothing like singing with an orchestra,” Haas said. “You hear all of these different instruments coming together to create a powerfully moving experience. Earnest puts together some of the most beautiful music, and he put a gorgeous flow to the songs. He wants people to feel things through the music, and he’s so good at selecting the music that can accomplish that.”
It will also be one of the few times the local orchestra features one singer throughout the course of an entire concert.
“I’ve heard Tiffany with a piano and a quartet, and the experience was unforgettable,” Hutson said. “I’m looking forward to the goosebumps and people erupting into standing ovations as if it’s a rock concert. I like to look around and witness the audience response in quiet moments, because so many of us are holding our breath and wiping away tears.”
Tickets for the concert start at $10 for kids and range from $20 to $100 for general admission depending on seating. Tickets are available at http://www.steamboatorchestra.org or at the Strings Box Office at 900 Strings Road or by calling 970-879-5056.
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