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Broadway pros to conduct master class April 24

Published Wednesday, 16th April 2014

Tony-nominated baritone Ron Raines and Broadway conductor Donald Pippin will offer their professional expertise during a musical theater master class at Tyler Junior College.

The master class will be held 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Jean Browne Theatre on the TJC main campus. The event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler.

Participants will include TJC performing arts students, including drama students and members of performance group, Harmony & Understanding.

Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Raines and Pippin will perform their latest collaboration, “Legends of Broadway,” 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Liberty Hall in downtown Tyler. The performance is sponsored by the East Texas Symphony Orchestra Association as part of its ETSOA@Liberty Hall series. All seats are reserved: $30 on the main floor and $25 in the balcony. For tickets, visit www.ETSO.org.

Born and raised in Texas, Ron Raines attended Oklahoma City University and The Juilliard School in New York City. His career spans the worlds of musical theater, opera, cabaret, classical music, and television. Most recently, he appeared in the Kennedy Center, Broadway and Los Angeles productions of Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

Raines was a three-time Emmy Award nominee for his role as Alan Spaulding on CBS’s longest-running daytime drama, “Guiding Light.” He has starred on Broadway in shows such as “Chicago” and “Show Boat.” He has delighted audiences around the world with his memorable starring roles in virtually every major American musical and operetta, including “A Little Night Music,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” “South Pacific,” “Annie,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “The King and I,” “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel,” “Side by Side by Sondheim,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Man of La Mancha” at the Covent Garden Festival.

He has done solo performances with more than 50 major American and international orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the Philadelphia Pops, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, and the Israeli Philharmonic, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Tanglewood, the London Palladium, Rainbow and Stars, and the Royal Festival Hall.

Raines lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

Having served for 14 years as musical director of New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall, Donald Pippin is one of Broadway’s most honored conductors. He is the recipient of the Tony Award for “Oliver!,” the Emmy Award for Broadway Sings Jule Styne, the Drama Desk Award for “consistently outstanding musical direction and commitment to the theater” and a gold record for the original cast album of “A Chorus Line.”??Pippin’s distinguished career on Broadway includes “La Cage Aux Folles,” “Cabaret,” “Mack and Mabel,” “Seesaw,” “Applause,” “Mame,” “Oliver!” and “A Chorus Line.”

On television, he was musical director for “An Evening with Alan Jay Lerner,” seen on “Live from Lincoln Center,” as part of PBS’ “Great Performances” series.  

He has conducted throughout the United States, England and Israel, including The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Florida Sunshine Pops Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Chattanooga, Detroit, Fort Worth, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Naples, National, New Mexico, Pittsburgh and Saint Louis, as well as the BBC and London Symphony Orchestras, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cardiff Festival Orchestra and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He was also invited by Beverly Sills to be the guest conductor for the New York City Opera’s production of “The Music Man.”

Author: Elise Mullinix

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