A Broadway Valentine

Published 9:21 am Thursday, February 4, 2016

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Returning to the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra by popular demand, Broadway star Doug LaBrecque will headline a special Valentine concert in the relaxed and intimate setting of Lake Michigan College’s Grand Upton Hall.

LaBrecque thrilled theatre audiences as The Phantom and Raoul in the Harold Prince production of “The Phantom of the Opera,” and has starred on Broadway as Ravenal in the Hal Prince revival of “Showboat” and been a soloist with some of the world’s finest symphony orchestras.

Critics say LaBrecque’s diverse program of music from the stage, screen and the Great American Songbook promises to sweep the audience off their feet. A dance floor will await patrons so they may enjoy the music on their toes.

“A Broadway Valentine” will open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Grand Upton Hall in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

“This is the perfect Valentine evening,” remarks Music Director, Robin Fountain, “beautiful melodies in a relaxed setting with Doug LaBrecque as our guest. Book early!”

One of the most prolific concert performers of his generation LaBrecque has been a soloist with some of the world’s finest symphony orchestras including The National Symphony, The Israel Philharmonic (Tel Aviv), The Chicago Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony, The San Francisco Symphony, among many others. In the last few years, Mr. LaBrecque’s U.S. appearances have included Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Houston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, The Utah Symphony and with Marvin Hamlisch both at the Ravinia Festival with The Chicago Symphony, and with The Pittsburgh Symphony.

In a tribute to Richard Rodgers, LaBrecque recently made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the New York Pops, the same season he debuted with The Boston Pops. Alongside Jeff Tyzik, he appeared with both the St. Louis and Seattle Symphony’s for their Holiday Celebrations as well as numerous performances with The Naples Philharmonic.

With Peter Nero he was featured in “Broadway Showstoppers” a live recording with Mr. Nero’s Philly Pops. Other special engagements have included singing with Carole Bayer-Sager at Feinsteins’s in Manhattan and the Cinegrill in Los Angeles, performing alongside broadway legend Jerry Herman with the Naples Philharmonic, and appearing onstage with Senators Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch(singing together!) at Hickory Hill, the legendary home of Ethel Kennedy. International engagements have included The Korean National Symphony in Seoul, Korea, The Shanghai Radio Orchestra in China, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, The Vancouver and Calgary Symphonies in Canada, The Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in Rio De Janeiro, The Jerusalem Symphony, and numerous return engagements with the Israel Philharmonic. Mr. LaBrecque recently appeared in Alba Italy as the guest soloist in an all Bernstein concert and returned to the International Music Festival in The Czech Republic.

For upcoming engagements or CD information, log onto www.DougLaBrecque.com.

The Grand Upton Hall is located on the Lake Michigan College Napier Avenue Campus, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

For more information, contact the Symphony office at (269) 982-4030 or visit www.smso.org