Read Playbill’s article on the Kravis Center “Gala Night of Stars”.
Hosted by Renée Fleming with Chris Jackson Premieres New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31, on PBS And Streaming on PBS.org and the PBS Video App
Musical Performances from: Matt Doyle, Carolina Gaitán, Mandy Gonzalez, Natalie Grant, Joaquina Kalukango, Roman Mejia, MILCK, Ricardo Morales, Tiler Peck, Jacqueline Schwab, Reginald Smith, Jr., Rhonda Vincent, Wendlo, Brett Young, Raye Zaragoza, Boise State University Meistersingers, Ohio University Singers, and the Spelman College Glee Club.
Luke believes that the future of orchestral music is breaking down barriers between orchestras and audiences. He describes how his upbringing in rural West Virginia shaped his philosophies and how the average American orchestra is missing the point when it comes to serving their community and selling tickets. There’s no question that Luke Frazier is passionate about the purpose of his life’s work: connecting music with every American, regardless of where they live or how much money they make.
Luke Frazier and the American Pops Orchestra can be seen in An Evening With Lerner and Loewe, a new Broadway in Concert series from Nouveau Productions and PBS, paying tribute to the musicals that have shaped the landscape of American musical theatre by pairing Broadway favorites with the American Pops Orchestra for new takes on some of Broadway’s most beloved showtunes.
With orchestra arrangements created by Luke Frazier with members of the American Pops Orchestra, PBS debuted Wicked in Concert: A Musical Celebration of the Iconic Broadway Score will debut on PBS stations around the country August 29.
Wicked in Concert featured re-imagined musical arrangements created for the event, performed by celebrity artists from the worlds of film, pop, music, and television.
The American Pops Orchestra and PBS have joined to celebrate uniquely American music that has transcended its original genre and audience. Music once only performed in church adapted by Elvis, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin to be shared beyond the walls of the sanctuary; Broadway show tunes recorded by the Rat Pack, Johnny Mathis and other chart-topping artists of the time, as well as musical theater songs being sung outside the theater as anthems giving a broader voice to our changing society.