TOPEKA — The Topeka Symphony will present a “Best of Broadway” Pops concert on Saturday in White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus. The 7:30 p.m. program will be conducted by guest conductor Robert Olson, director of orchestras at the University of Missouri Kansas City.
The concert will open with Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide” and will feature selections from “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Míserables” as well as favorites by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern.
Returning as a tenor soloist with the Topeka Symphony will be Michael Moore. Moore is originally from Wichita, graduated from the University of Kansas, and currently lives in New York City. He has performed on Broadway, appeared on several television shows and performed with the Pasadena Symphony and the Los Angeles Opera.
Soprano Jenny Beauregard will join Moore on several duets and selections from “Les Miserables.” She will also sing “Summertime” from “Porgy and Bess.” Beauregard is sought out for her silky vocal ability and her invigorating stage presence. She is finishing her bravura education at the University of Missouri Kansas City where she is completing an esteemed and rare artist diploma under the tutelage of respected soprano Rebecca Sherburn.
The concert will also feature the Topeka Symphony Youth Talent Overall Winner, Chaeyoung Park, performing the First Movement, Andante Allegro, from Piano Concerto No. 3 in C-major by Serge Prokofieff. Chaeyoung is a sophomore at Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence.
Conductor Robert Olsen has served on the faculties of Nebraska Wesleyan University and the University of Colorado. In addition to the two orchestras and opera program he conducts at UMKC, he is the artistic director and conductor of the Colorado MahlerFest, which has achieved international praise.
Olsen is also the music director and conductor of the Longmont Symphony in Colorado, a position he has held for 29 years. His frequent guest conducting has taken him to Europe, South America, and various orchestras in the USA, including the Kansas City and St. Louis symphonies.
Single tickets are $32, $27 and $22, and full-time students are half-price.
The Topeka Symphony is sponsored in part by Washburn University.