A Celebration of the Great American Songbook

Nov 13, 5:00 PM

Florida Atlantic University | Carole & Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium | Boca Raton

Nov 11, 7:30 PM

Broward Center for the Performing Arts | Amaturo Theater | Ft. Lauderdale

Nov 15, 7:30 PM

Key West High School | Glynn Archer Performing Arts Center | Key West

Featured Guest Artists: Bobby Nesbitt (Tenor)

The South Florida Symphony Orchestra is Proud to Present

Singer/pianist Bobby Nesbitt is a cabaret artist who specializes in the classic American songbook. Originally from Rochester, NY, Bobby was trained at an early age in classical piano. But Beethoven and Grieg were soon replaced by Berlin and Gershwin as he discovered and concentrated on the masters of 20th Century song. A resident of Key West, FL , Bobby has performed at all the major resorts on the island. In the mid 80s he moved to Europe and was under contract to Harry’s New York Bar, performing in Berlin and Munich. He returns to Munich on a regular basis, performing at Pusser’s Bar, Germany’s number one cocktail bar. Bobby is an entertainer of the old school, no drum machines, tracks, synthesizers. Just piano and voice, performing the songs of the masters of American songwriting.

Program

STRIKE UP THE BAND

IRVING BERLIN

ALEXANDERS RAGTIME BAND

ALWAYS

CHEEK TO CHEEK

PUTTIN ON THE RITZ

GERSHWIN

EMBRACEABLE YOU

LET'S CALL THE WHOLE THING OFF

THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME

SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME

'S WONDERFUL

OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY

JOHNNY MERCER

THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC

COLE PORTER

ANYTHING GOES

BEGIN THE BEGUINE

LOVE FOR SALE

IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT

NIGHT AND DAY

IVE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN

BART HOWARD

FLY ME TO THE MOON

JOHNNY MERCER

DREAM

INTERMISSION

KERN

THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT

SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES

ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE

SONGS FROM MOVIES

JAMES HANLEY

ZING WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART

ARLEN/I. GERSHWIN

THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY

WARREN/DUBIN

I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU

HERMAN HUPFELD

AS TIME GOES BY

RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN

IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING

RODGERS AND HART

LADY IS A TRAMP

WHERE OR WHEN

HOAGY CARMICHAEL

STARDUST

GEORGE M COHAN

STAR SPANGLED SPECTACULAR

ENCORE- Only if you cheer for it!

Mara Bonde

Soprano

Soprano Mara Bonde has thrilled audiences in diverse venues throughout the United States and Europe with her electric stage presence and musical artistry. Her voice has been described as having “sweet purity of tone” (Boston Herald) and “ravishing” (The Boston Globe). Equally at home in both classical and popular styles, Mara is no stranger to the world of “symphony pops”. She has been the guest artist for “Holiday Pops” with the Boston Pops, the Naples Philharmonic, the Syracuse Symphony, the New Haven Symphony, and the Charlotte Symphony. She made her Boston Pops debut under the direction of Keith Lockhart in “Brush up your Shakespeare”, which was nationally televised on PBS’s Evening at Pops.

Jennifer Feinstein

Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Feinstein has been likened by the Los Angeles Times to "a young Horne, so rich is her mezzo and so full of spark was she on stage." Engagements during the 2015-16 season include her theater and role debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with Theater Münster, a return to Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern for Olga in Eugene Onegin, role debut as Carmen with St. Petersburg Opera, and joining the roster of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma to cover Agave in Mario Martone's new production of Hans Werner Henze's The Bassarids. Future seasons include a return to Carmen for Musica Viva Hong Kong, and a debut as Laura in La Gioconda.

Davron Monroe

Tenor

Davron S. Monroe has been called one of the most Brilliant young performers of Musical Theater and Opera today. He has appeared in a long list of stagings that run the gamut from A to Z, From Opera to Musical theatre, Jazz to Gospel. Mr. Monroe delivers performances that are rich, full of life and true to each form. In Opera Mr. Monroe has appeared in full stage and concert/scene productions of Carmen, El Remendado; Treemonisha, Luddud; Rigoletto; Lucia di Lammermoor; La Fille du Regiment; L'elisir D'amore; Cosi fan Tutte: Die Fledermaus, The Gondoliers; Die Zauberflute and Aida. Mr. Monroe did his graduate Studies at The Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA and studied with the amazing technician, Donna Roll.

John Whittlesey

Baritone

John Whittlesey, baritone, performs regularly in opera, concert, and recital, having appeared with Palm Beach Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New England Light Opera, Cape Cod Opera, Longwood Opera, the Masterworks Chorale, Wellesley College, Trinity College, the Salisbury Singers, the Concert Singers of Lynn, the Quincy Choral Society, the Louisville Master Chorale, the Chorus North Shore, and the Middletown Civic Chorus. John made his debut with the South Florida Symphony this past April with a recital in Key West and at Pier 66. Before moving to Ft. Lauderdale in 2014, John was the founder and artistic director for Intermezzo: The New England Chamber Opera Series, producing contemporary chamber opera, including ten commissioned operas in its twelve year history.

Neil Nelson

Baritone

Born in Kingston, Jamaica bass baritone Neil Nelson moved to the United States with his family at the age of 2, settling in Queens, New York. It has been said by colleagues and critics alike, that Mr. Nelson possesses one of the purest and most resonant bass baritone voices of recent times. An excellent musician and linguist, Mr. Nelson graduated from The New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in music performance. Winning awards such as the Stephen Shrestinian Award for Excellence (Boston Lyric Opera), the Heinz Refuss Singing Actors Award (Orlando Opera), and appearing as a finalist in the New York Metropolitan Opera Auditions launched him into his professional career.

The Symphony kicks off the season with works of the Masters including George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Johnny Mercer and Oscar Hammerstein and more. Joining our cast of guest soloists is the incomparable singer-pianist Bobby Nesbitt who has traveled the world as a passionate supporter and interpreter, championing The Great American Songbook.

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