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Disney in Concert
April 21 , 2012
TWO GREAT SHOWTIMES
2:00pm - Special Matinee
8:00pm - Evening Performance
Have you ever wanted to dress up as your favorite Disney character? Buy, rent, borrow or make your costumes and head to the Symphony's Disney in Concert! Bring the kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews for an unforgettable Matinee!
There will be something special for everyone who dresses as their favorite Disney character, too!
Featuring Disney vocalists:
Nathaniel Beversluis, conductor
Come and be enchanted by the music of Disney and the thrill of the Greensboro Symphony.
Live, in concert, experience the Disney memories that have enchanted generations! Unforgettable melodies from favorites like The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and the classics, from Mary Poppins to the Pirates of the Caribbean. When everyone joins together, it feels like a small world after all.
Share the magic with your family!
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About the conductor:
Nathaniel Beversluis is the Assistant Conductor of the Greensboro Symphony and the Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra. A native of Indianapolis, Nathaniel began writing music and playing piano and violin at a young age. He refused to practice Hanon exercises, hymns, or anything by Edward MacDowell. Confounding one piano teacher after another, he began learning music by reading and playing from scores, listening to records, composing, and staying hours after school to extract wisdom from his school orchestra conductor, Dick Dennis.
He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Indiana University School of Music and Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He studied conducting with Mark Gibson, Xian Zhang and Roger Grodsky, and served as pianist and Associate Conductor for CCM Musical Theater. He has worked for the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca (Lucca, Italy), University of Central Florida Conservatory Theatre (Orlando and Daytona Beach, FL), Seaside Music Theater(Daytona Beach, FL), and Tri-Cities Opera (Binghamton, NY).
He received two composition fellowships to the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles and recently conducted the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra (Hilversum, NL) on a radio broadcast as part of a conductor's workshop. He has studied piano with Phil DeGreg, Lynne Arriale, Mike Lucas and Luke Gillespie, and his compositions have won awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.). His interests as a composer involve combining the traditions and approaches of classical with jazz musicians.
Since August 2009 Nathaniel has been Music Director for the Music Theatre program and Performing Arts Department at Elon University.
About the guest artist's:
Candice Nicole began her relationship with Disney over a decade ago when she was first hired by Disney as a child soloist. Performing her favorite Disney classics with such talented musicians is a dream come true. Candice has been featured on numerous occasions as the guest artist/headliner with the California Symphony and Reno Philharmonic. Some of her work in theater, film, television, and voice-overs includes Young Buffy on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Toffee in Zombie Prom, and Barbie as the Island Princess. Broadway credits include closing National Touring Company of the world renowned musical Les Miserables (Fantine understudy), L.A. Premiere: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Scallops Who). Regional highlights: Footloose (Ariel), 1776 (Martha Jefferson), Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Grease (Sandy), Peter Pan (Wendy, opposite American Idol's Adam Lambert), Cinderella (Cinderella). Starring roles in West Coast staged readings include Roxane in The Man Who Would Be King opposite Broadway's Marc Kudisch, Abby in the hilarious comedy Neurosis (by Allan Rice, a writer on The New Adventures of Old Christine), plus new musicals at The La Jolla Playhouse and The Festival for New Musicals. She is a proud Actor's Equity member. Candice thanks Ted Ricketts for this opportunity and her loving family for their support.
Whitney Claire Kaufman recently completed two years with the North American Tour of the Broadway smash-hit Mamma Mia! (Ensemble, Understudy for Sophie and Lisa). Her performance as Sophie garnered rave reviews from the Boston Globe. Whitney has performed as Guest Soloist with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Guest Soloist with the Florida Orchestra, and has appeared in Cabaret (Sally Bowles), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Peaseblossom), Marisol (June), The Los Angeles Theatre ensemble's production of Wounded, as well as many other theatrical productions. TV credits include General Hospital and the hit ABC series Modern Family. As both a singer and voice-over performer in film and television, Whitney has been heard in productions including That Championship Season, The Secret of NiMH 2, and two MGM animated series -- All Dogs Go to Heaven and Noddy. She recently recorded songs written by Oscar-winning composer Dimitri Tiomkin. Whitney graduated with honors from Chapman University with a BFA in Theater Performance. Her favorite Disney movie is The Little Mermaid, with Cinderella as a close second.
Andrew Johnson is a Disney kid at heart and is humbled and honored to share the music and magic from the stage! He has toured all over the world as a lead soloist and dancer in nine different countries. He most recently was a performer at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards with Florence and the Machine. This past year he played Benny in the first professional southern California production of RENT and Asher in Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities' production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Andrew's professional credits include Four-Eyed Moe (Five Guys Named Moe), Joseph (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat), Jesus (Godspell), and the Leading Player (Pippin). He has also understudied Brian Stokes Mitchell as Emile in Tarbell's South Pacific at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. He was a finalist in 2004 and 2005 with the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards, as a Musical Theatre/Pop vocalist, and he received an Inland Theatre Award nomination for his performance in Riverside Civic Light Opera's production of Ragtime. Andrew has shared the stage with singer/actresses Shirley Jones and Bernadette Peters and has performed live duets with recording artists Patti LaBelle and Erykah Badu, and Broadway stars Laura Bell Bundy and Jodi Benson.
Aaron Phillips is very excited to be a part of this wonderful production. Aaron is an Ovation Award nominated actor/singer, proud member of Actor's Equity, and just finished up the 2nd national tour of Click, Clack, Moo. Aaron had his New York theater debut as Felix in the new hit rock-opera The New Hopeville Comics by Nate Weida last year. Past credits include: Jekyll and Hyde (John Utterson), Batboy: The Musical (Batboy/Edgar), Songs for a New World, and Les Miserables (Foreman/Combeferre). Aaron is also an accomplished voice over talent and can be heard in commercials, cartoons, and video games everywhere. He has been a Disney fan his entire life, and is happy to help bring this music to fans of all ages.