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Celebrating Sondheim

Jason Seber, conductor
Blaine Alden Krauss, vocals
Alex Getlin, vocals
Kerry O’Malley, vocals

Stephen Sondheim possessed the incomparable ability to shine a bright light on the human condition through his music and lyrics. Join your BPO and a cast of Broadway singers as we present an unforgettable evening of Sondheim song from shows for which he wrote the music and lyrics, including Sweeney Todd, Company, Follies, Into the Woods, West Side Story, and Gypsy, as well as a nod to his great mentor, Oscar Hammerstein II.

About Jason Seber

Jason Seber is known for his inviting and engaging approach on and off the podium. A strong believer in the eclectic experiences which today’s symphony orchestras offer their communities, he strives to make music of many genres and styles accessible, relevant, and meaningful to diverse audiences across the country.

Seber has conducted many leading American orchestras, including the Charleston Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Nashville Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony, among others. This year he will make debuts with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the National Symphony in Washington, DC. Seber has had the pleasure of performing with a wide range of artists including Patti Austin, Mason Bates, Andrew Bird, Boyz II Men, Ashley Brown, Jinjoo Cho, Melissa Etheridge, Ben Folds, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Paul Jacobs, Wynonna Judd, Lyle Lovett, Brian Stokes Mitchell, My Morning Jacket, Leslie Odom Jr., Aoife O’Donovan, Pink Martini, Doc Severinsen, Conrad Tao, Bobby Watson, and Joyce Yang.

Seber recently completed a six-year tenure as associate conductor of the Kansas City Symphony. In this position he led the Symphony in over 300 performances on the Classical, Pops, Classics Uncorked, Family, Film + Live Orchestra, Education, and Christmas Festival series. He also served as co-host for the Symphony’s podcast, “Beethoven Walks into a Bar.” Prior to Kansas City, Seber was the education and outreach conductor at the Louisville Orchestra for three years.

A passionate advocate for music education, Seber has led the Honors Performance Series Orchestra in concert at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and Royal Festival Hall in London. He is a frequent guest conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra each summer in Breckenridge, CO and he has served as the All-State Orchestra conductor for Georgia, Missouri, and Pennsylvania, and upcoming in 2024, Kansas.

Seber lives in Louisville, KY with his wife Stephanie and enjoys sports, fantasy football, cooking, and golfing.

About Blaine Alden Krauss

Blaine Alden Krauss is currently starring in Hamilton as the standby for both Hamilton and Burr. He was thrilled to be part of the second season of “Pose” while appearing in The Cher Show on Broadway. Prior to that he was seen as ‘Lola’ in Kinky Boots shortly after making his Broadway debut in the smash hit Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. He traveled the world as ‘Simba’ in The Lion King and starred in the Radio City Summer Spectacular. Blaine regularly performs with symphonies around the globe and is a regular performer at Feinstein’s/54 Below. His talents led him in 2011 to be a feature performer for the largest Commemoration of 9/11 outside of the U.S at the Trocadero in Paris, France. In 2010 he was selected to be 1 of 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts by the White House and Presidential Scholar Commission. This venture led to having met President Obama and concluded with a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He was selected to be the Feature Vocalist at the 2010 July 4th Celebration at the US National Archives; was a selected participant at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. His theatrical credits include Godspell and Spelling Bee at the West Virginia Public Theatre, Evita, Into the WoodsCivil WarMake Me A SongChess, and Jean Valjean in CCM’s Les Miserables. Blaine is a proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

About Alex Getlin

Alex Getlin is a New York-based singer and actress. Most recently she made her Carnegie Hall debut with Michael Feinstein in “Hooray for Hollywood,” as part of his Standard Time series. A native New Yorker, she has spent the last year performing around the country in concert tributes to Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Elton John, Paul McCartney, and Andrew Lloyd Webber with Spot-On Entertainment. She has appeared Off-Broadway in the company of Anything Can Happen in the Theatre – The Songs of Maury Yeston, after being hand-picked by Yeston to interpret his music. In June 2017, Getlin made her symphonic debut with the Pasadena Pops under the baton of Michael Feinstein in Broadway: The Golden Age where she starred alongside Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey.

In 2016, after graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in theater, Getlin was a featured soloist in Broadway Rising Stars at Town Hall. She made her professional singing debut at 17 in a solo cabaret show at The Regency Hotel in New York, presented by Mr. Feinstein.  The New York Times called her “a confident, engaging young singer with a big voice,” and Broadway World hailed her as “a new and rare talent on the entertainment scene.”

She will be seen this summer as Fiona in Shrek, the Musical, at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Colonial Theatre, where she previously appeared in the company’s production of The Music Man. Television credits include CBS “Shades of Blue” and Netflix “The Break with Michele Wolf.”

About Kerry O’Malley

Kerry’s Broadway roles include Betty Haynes in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (original cast), The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (2002 revival original cast, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominee), Sharone in On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (2012 revival original cast), Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun, Billy’s Mum in Billy Elliot, Cyrano the Musical and Translations. Off-Broadway: Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive (original cast), Conor McPherson’s Dublin Carol (original cast), Finian’s Rainbow, Flight (original cast), Over the River and Through the Woods, and Bright Lights Big City (original cast). Regional: Steve Wynn’s Showstoppers (Las Vegas), Ragtime, South Pacific, A Walk on the Moon, October Sky, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Jane Eyre. Film:  Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, Terminator Genisys, The Happening, Earth to Echo, Case 39, Rounders, and the upcoming The Little Things with Denzel WashingtonTelevision: Series Regular roles in Those Who Kill (AMC), Costello (Fox), and The Mike O’Malley Show (NBC); Recurring roles in Snowpiercer (premiering in April on TNT), Shameless (Showtime), Brotherhood (Showtime), Boardwalk Empire (HBO), The Last Tycoon (Amazon), Survivor’s Remorse (STARZ), Strange Angel (CBS All Access), and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (Netflix); and Guest Star roles in Young Sheldon, Blue BloodsThe Mentalist, The Orville, Modern Family, Major Crimes, Rizzoli & Isles, Bones, Backstrom, Masters of Sex, Chicago Med, Second Chance, Past Life, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: LA, and many others. She is a graduate of Duke University and the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

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Date:
Saturday, October 22, 2022
Time:
7:30 pm
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Venue

Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States
Phone:
(716) 885-5000

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