The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra continues its 62nd consecutive season of free outdoor summer concerts in Worcester's Institute Park on Saturday, July 21, at 7:00 PM. Entitled "Classics to Broadway," this concert is part of the Charter Summer Concert Series. This performance will feature classics of the symphonic repertoire, favorite pops selections, and highlights from popular Broadway musicals. Maestro Myron Romanul will conduct and soloists with the orchestra will be tenor Richard Monroe and soprano Jane Shivick. Included will be Handel's Music from the Royal Fireworks, Rakoczy March by Berlioz, Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 (Fourth Movement), operatic selections by Verdi and De Curtis, highlights from "Porgy and Bess" and "Wicked," and music of Anderson, Estefan, Seger, and Sousa, among others.
Conductor Myron Romanul was the original pianist of the New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble, with whom he is featured on the Grammy Award-Winning Angel-EMI recording Scott Joplin: The Red Back Book. He is currently First Kapellmeister of the State Theatre in Munich, Germany and for years was touring pianist with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra.
Tenor Richard Monroe has been hailed by the Boston Globe as "remarkably gifted." The winner of the 1997 Boston Bel Canto Opera Competition, he has appeared as a soloist with many leading area choruses including the Commonwealth Opera, Longwood Opera, Salisbury Singers, and Salisbury Lyric Opera. Soprano Jane Shivick has been hailed by The New York Times for her "character and vocal richness." She has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra under Conductor Keith Lockhart, the Boston Civic Symphony, and the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, among others.
The concert will be broadcast by Nick Chase the following Monday night on WCUW, 91.3 FM. Concert announcer is Bobbie Chase. (Rain date for this concert is Sunday, July 22).