Broadway Rocks!

Wed, July 31, 2024 6:30 pm

PROGRAM

Grant Park Orchestra

Lucas Waldin, conductor

LaKisha Jones, vocals

Chloe Lowery, vocals

Dan Domenech, vocals

 

Overture/Pinball Wizard (Tommy)

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Lauper)

I Will Survive (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert)

Sweet Caroline (A Beautiful Noise)

Total Eclipse (Dance of the Vampires/Steinman)

Natural Woman (Beautiful/King)

Proud Mary (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical)

Bohemian Rhapsody (Rock of Ages)

Jesus Christ, Superstar

River Deep/Mountain High (Tina:The Tina Turner Musical)

American Pie

I Will Always Love You (The Bodyguard/Parton)

Mamma Mia Medley (Mamma Mia)

Alone (Roctopia on Broadway)

Man in the Mirror (MJ The Musical)

Don’t Stop Believing (Rock of Ages)

 

LOCATION

Jay Pritzker Pavilion


RUN TIME

Approx. 75 minutes


SPONSORS

This concert is generously supported by the Mazza Foundation and American Accents Series Sponsor Abelson Taylor Group.

MEET THE ARTISTS

Lucas Waldin

Conductor

Lucas Waldin is a dynamic and versatile conductor whose performances have delighted audiences across North America. He has collaborated with some of today’s most exciting artists including Carly Rae Jepsen, The Barenaked Ladies, Crash Test Dummies, Ben Folds, The Canadian Brass, and Buffy Sainte-Marie, in addition to conducting presentations such as Disney in ConcertBlue Planet Live, Cirque de la Symphony, and the groundbreaking symphonic debut of R&B duo Dvsn as part of the global Red Bull Music Festival.

Waldin has been a guest conductor for numerous orchestras in the U.S. and Canada, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Grant Park Festival Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Waldin holds degrees in flute and conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

LaKisha Jones

Vocalist

Best known to millions of TV viewers as a top four finalist during the 2007 season of “American Idol,” LaKisha Jones is ready to reclaim center stage in music, theatre and television.

Her last album, “So Glad I’m Me” was full of Jones’ expressive, full-bodied and arresting vocals, the same voice that electrified “American Idol” viewers with the Dreamgirls showstopper “And I Am Telling You” and later the Broadway stage in the Oprah Winfrey produced, Tony Award-winning musical, The Color Purple.

Having worked with hit-making songwriters and producers including Tony Nicholas (Patti LaBelle, Luther Vandross), Ro & Sauce (Brandy, Ne-Yo) and Greg Curtis (Keyshia Cole, Yolanda Adams), Jones’ album featured a spirited mix of R&B and soul. A few noteworthy songs included the single “Same Song,” penned by award-winning songwriter Dianne Warren, Whitney Houston’s “You Give Good Love,” the gospel song “Just As I Am,” and Jones soaring ballad to her daughter, “Beautiful Girl.”

Her drive and motivation dates back to her childhood in Flint, Michigan. Raised by her mother and grandmother, Jones was exposed to music by legendary singers such as Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle, with her grandmother urging the young girl to “let your voice shine” thereby prompting Jones to sing in church choirs and music programs. Joining various chorale groups and a cappella choruses throughout high school, Jones entered and won the top prize at Flint’s local talent contest, The Super Show in 1997.

A two-year stint studying vocal performance at the University of Michigan left the high school graduate craving to sing more. She relocated to various cities (Dallas, Houston and Virginia Beach) to pursue her dream as a singer.  Jones then went to New York to audition for “American Idol” and made it to the 2007 season, where she became the fourth finalist. She segued from “Idol” to the Broadway stage for The Color Purple where she played two roles: that of a “church lady” and of the pivotal character “Sophia.” The latter role she alternated with R&B icon Chaka Khan, who became her mentor. Jones participated in Khan’s 35th Anniversary Tour. Following her Broadway stint, Jones provided vocal coaching on MTV’s reality competition “Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods,” a show designed to find and hone Broadway’s next star.

A frequent soloist with symphony around the world, Ms. Jones has performed as a guest soloist with the National Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Utah Symphony and Opera, Winnipeg Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Windham Chamber Singers, Grand Rapids Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Calgary Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Long Bay Symphony and the Festival Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic.

Chloe Lowery

Vocalist

Chloe Lowery is an American singer/dancer/actress/songwriter born in Largo, Florida. By the age of nine she was performing professionally at corporate events and by age 12 she was signed to RCA Records. She was featured on two movie soundtracks during that time, “Boys and Girls” and “Joe Somebody.”

While honing her crafts at prestigious music and acting schools in Boston and New York City, she toured with Big Brother and the Holding Company filling Janis Joplin’s shoes. Chloe simultaneously worked closely with world-renowned producer, Ric Wake that led to her collaboration with Yanni. Chloe lent her vocals and songwriting talents to the 2009 Yanni Voices Project produced by the Disney Pearl Imprint. She was featured on PBS as a featured artist in “Yanni Voices Live from Acapulco.” Her most successful performance/release, Change, quickly became a fan favorite. After US and Mexico Tours with Yanni, she was signed to Disney/Hollywood Records as a solo artist. Chloe has since been featured on Yanni’s 2013,2014, and 2016 releases: Truth of Touch, Inspirato, and Sensuous Chill as vocalist and songwriter.

In the spring of 2010, Chloe joined multi-platinum selling rock band, Trans-Siberian Orchestra performing as Theresa on their Beethoven’s Last Night Tours. Lowery joined their annual winter tour in 2011 to rave reviews for her renditions of For the Sake of our Brother (Oh Come all Ye Faithful), Prince of Peace, and Music Box Blues. Chloe continues to work with TSO on stage and in the studio.

Lowery has since had the privilege to tour with Chris Botti, perform with the New York City Ballet as a featured vocalist, and contribute her songwriting talents for artists like Everclear, among other accomplishments.

In 2018, Lowery made her Broadway Debut in Rocktopia leading the show with the likes of Pat Monahan (Train), Dee Snider (Twister Sister), and Robin Zander (Cheap Trick). She continued to tour the project and be part of their acclaimed PBS special.

Other recent credits include; Trans Siberian Orchestra Live at Wacken and Winter Tours, featured vocalist on Joel Hoekstra’s 13 Album, featured artist on Phantasms “The Deviant Hearts” Album, lead vocalist in The Rock Tenor, Broadway Rox, The Music of Queen, CHAMELEON, Forbidden Saints and Friends @ Nokia L.A Live and many more.

In 2019, Lowery released her critically acclaimed debut solo album, “The In-Between,” which she self-penned and produced from her Brooklyn Apartment. The album touches on the emotional phases one goes through when facing monumental change. It explores the highs and lows of heartbreak ending with the emotional “Don’t Let Yourself Down,” which touches on the root of self-discovery and acceptance. Not only did she record a full-length album that seamlessly flows as one storyline, but she also created music videos as a visual background to every song and interlude on the record furthermore depicting the full emotional ark of the album.

Currently Chloe is working on her long-awaited solo follow up, touring the symphony world in shows like “Bond and more” and “Broadway Rocks,”as well as working on several other upcoming projects. Chloe is actively a regular anthem singer for MLB team “The Mets,” and has performed for their hall of fame ceremonies and subway series. She is once again looking forward to touring with Trans-Siberian Orchestra as their lead vocalist in their west coast band coming late 2023.

In 2020, Chloe established her Vocal Production company, Vocals By Chloe Lowery. The company caters to voice lessons, vocal coaching, castings, recordings, masterclasses, and production. She has extended her knowledge to over 100 students and has been the casting director for shows such as; Avalona and Emergence. She also served as an associate director on Hits The Musical in 2023.

Dan Domenech

Vocalist

Dan Domenech is an American singer, director and actor best known for his portrayal of Jason Dean in Heathers: The Musical, Drew in the Broadway musical Rock of Ages and a recurring guest appearance on Glee.  Domenech has also appeared in the pre-Broadway runs of Wonderland, Sister Act, National/International tours of RENT and Rock of Ages and worked as associate choreographer for film and TV projects like Tropic Thunder, Step Brothers, Fame, The Academy Awards and Emmys.  He made his directorial debut summer of 2017 with the beta test of the revamped Heathers: The Musical before being mounted in its sold out run at The Other Palace Theater in London.

 

 

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