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Around the Campfire, The Ohio Valley Symphony

220924 OVS Campfire PosterSeptember 24, 2022
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We kick things off Around the Campfire with the American Pops Orchestra founder and conductor Luke Frazier.  On September 24th Luke is joined by vocalist Hilary Morrow, pianist Jacqueline Schwab and guitarist David Sanders and providing The Ohio Valley Symphony with several world premiere selections as well as music of Copland, Mussorgsky and MacDowell.

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Luke Frazier, conductor
Luke Frazier believes that the future of orchestral music is breaking down barriers between orchestras and audiences. The most important priority for a modern conductor is not only musical excellence, but also creating diverse and engaging programming that brings communities together through the joy of music. Conductors are a bridge between audiences and orchestras and the responsibility that comes with that is something Luke takes to heart every day.

Luke started The American Pops Orchestra in 2015 to present a broad array of popular and classical music in innovative ways to bring new audiences into the orchestral world. Most recently APO has been featured in more than twelve national broadcasts on PBS with programs ranging from American Roots to a complete re-imagining of the musical WICKED. Artists like Midori, Patti Labelle, Joshua Bell, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Josh Groban and so many more have joined the orchestra sharing orchestral music with audiences across the country, completely free of charge.

Creating opportunities for the next generation of music makers and music lovers is always a priority for Luke. Each year Luke spends at least three weeks hosting free elementary school tours as well as finding outstanding college vocalists through APO’s NextGen Vocal Competition. In addition to these special programs, Luke also maintains a busy schedule as a clinician, speaker and panelist for educational organizations across the country.

In addition to Luke’s work with APO and PBS, Luke is the Principal Pops Conductor for The National Philharmonic and maintains a busy schedule as a guest conductor and pianist. This season includes guest appearances in venues from Lincoln Center to The Smithsonian, Feinstein’s/54 Below to The Kravis Center and many more across the country conducting classical and popular music alike.

Luke is fortunate to call many of the world’s most incredible artists both friends and collaborators. Renée Fleming, Chita Rivera, Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, Leslie Jordan, Sandi Patty, Kristin Chenoweth, Jamie Barton, Paulo Szot, Vanessa Williams, Laura Osnes, Jacqueline Schwab, Arturo Sandoval, Rita Moreno and so many more have joined Luke onstage and on film for original programs of all varieties.

To learn more about Luke check out:www.LukeFrazierMusic.com or
@lukefraziermusic

Hilary Morrow, vocalist
Hilary Morrow is a New York City based AEA actor, singer and comedian engaged in musical, theatrical and comedic endeavors of all sorts, ranging from children’s theatre to Shakespeare, puppetry to improv. As a vocalist, she specializes in Broadway showtunes and jazz. She sings regularly with The American Pops Orchestra and The National Philharmonic and has also sung with The West Virginia Symphony and Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. She has sung at Lincoln Center, The Arsht Center, The Kennedy Center, The Kravis Center, Birdland Jazz Club and many more. Hilary is a master improviser and is thrilled to have worked with The Second City at The Kennedy Center. She appears regularly in orchestral programming on PBS including Wicked in Concert, An Evening with Lerner and Loewe and more. She is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association.

Jacqueline Schwab, piano
Jacqueline Schwab is delighted to collaborate with The American Pops Orchestra, a new experience in her evolving performance career. Jacqueline spins musical stories in her signature style, connecting listeners to the different cultural strands that have formed our American music. Her evocative arrangements draw on classical and traditional community music sounds, both old and new, from her Pittsburgh, “melting pot” childhood and many years on Boston’s folk scene. Her emotive, bare-bones playing infuses the soundtracks of Ken Burns’ Grammy-winning Civil War, Baseball, Lewis and Clark, Mark Twain, and The War, among others, as well as the PBS documentary The Irish in America.

She has performed at the White House for President Clinton, and, with Scottish singer Jean Redpath, on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion and on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman. Jacqueline has performed solo concerts of vintage American music in almost every State of the Union and enjoys sharing her intimate music with audiences, often adding introductory stories about the music’s history or vignettes from her life. Her current programs include: I Lift My Lamp—Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant America, Building Bridges—Vintage Music of Latin America, Mark Twain’s America, Down Came an Angel—Vintage American Holiday Music, and Remembrance and Hope.

She has long played for many styles of dancing, with the Bare Necessities quartet and others, and she has also enjoyed concert collaborations. She has released four solo recordings (with a new one coming in 2022). Jacqueline graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston, majoring in piano improvisation. She has recently moved back to the Boston, MA area, after many years of living on Cape Cod.

In Ken Burns’ words: “Jacqueline Schwab brings more feeling and intensity to music than anyone I know. Her playing is insistent, physical, heartfelt and … unusually moving.”

David Sanders, guitar
David Sanders, a guitarist in the Washington D.C. area, has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Kimmel Center, Arena Stage, and the Music Center at Strathmore.  He has shared the stage with a diverse range of artists including Renée Fleming, Patti LuPone, Dionne Warwick, Christopher Jackson, Michelle Williams, Audra McDonald, Jamie Barton, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Liz Callaway, Garrett Clayton, Morgan James. Joan Osborne, Kate Davis, Betty Who and others.  Dave also works with many of the areas’ leading orchestras including the American Pops, the National Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic, and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

Dave has appeared on PBS for several specials, including “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas,” “United in Song,” and the Hispanic Heritage Awards.  On the radio, Dave’s version of “America the Beautiful” appeared on NPR “Crosscurrents” and his various projects have been featured on WRTI FM in Philadelphia.

During the COVID pandemic, Dave recorded a solo album of public domain children’s music that was included as part of care packages that the American Pops orchestra sent to over 1,000 families in impoverished areas.  Also during this time, Dave recorded a duo concert of Christmas songs with Renée Fleming for the Kennedy Center Digital Stage, and appeared as part of the socially distanced “Sunset Concert” series at the Kennedy Center REACH campus.

Dave also plays mandolin and banjo, recently performing William Still’s “Afro-American Symphony” on tenor banjo with the National Philharmonic.

In addition to his performing career, Dave teaches guitar and music theory at Towson University, Rutgers University.  Dave has an M.A. from Rutgers University and B.M. from Temple University.

 

Repertoire

Hoedown

Hymn Tune Trilogy

Danny Boy

Suite No. 1

Night on Bald Mountain

Claire de lune

Mountain Top Jamboree

Copland

DeAngelis

Shirer, arr.

MacDowell

Mussorgsky

Caplet

Frazier