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  • SAVION GLOVER JOINS HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA FOR WEST COAST DEBUT OF DUKE ELLINGTON'S THE RIVER
  • Jul. 22, 2007
  • BRAMWELL TOVEY LEADS THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA

    SUNDAY, JULY 22 at 7:30 PM

    Sponsored by Lexus

    Tap-dancing virtuoso Savion Glover hoofs it on the Hollywood Bowl stage to a suite from Duke Ellington's ballet score, The River, performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra on Sunday July 22 at 7:30 pm. Bramwell Tovey, in his final 2007 season appearance, leads the orchestra in a program that also features Leonard Bernstein's "America" and "Mambo" from West Side Story; Duke Ellington's Night Creature; and Richard Rodgers' Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. Glover also performs a tap and jazz improvisational jam set with the Savion Glover Quartet.

    Savion Glover performs original choreography to The River, an orchestral work originally composed by Duke Ellington in 1970, and premiered in 1971 with choreography by Alvin Ailey. Although most known for composing big band jazz pieces, Ellington also composed works in the classical genre. The River was Ellington's first symphonic score written specifically for dance, but not the first piece of work that demonstrated his signature ability to blend jazz and classical influences. The five movements chosen from The River for this performance, "Meander," "Giggling Rapids," "Spring," "Riba," and "Vortex," serve as the perfect backdrop for Glover, an artist whose abilities also reach far beyond a single genre.

    SAVION GLOVER, performer, choreographer, director, is the 1996 Tony Award winner for his choreography in the Broadway smash hit Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk. He is the recipient of the 1996 Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award (choreography), two Obie Awards and two Fred Astaire Awards for his choreography and performance in Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk, as well as the 1996 Dance Magazine Choreographer of the Year Award. Mr. Glover made his Broadway debut at age 12, starring the The Tap Dance Kid. Additional Broadway credits include Black and Blue and Jelly's Last Jam co-starring Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. On T.V., he was a series regular on Sesame Street for five seasons and was featured in Kenny G's video Havana and in Puff Daddy and the Family's video for All About the Benjamins. Mr. Glover executed, produced, and choreographed the ABC special Savion Glover's Nu York. He starred in the Showtime movie, The Wall, and choreographed the HBO movie, The Rat Pack. In 2000 he toured the nation with Footnotes: The Concert featuring tap legends Jimmy Slyde, Buster Brown, and Diane Walker. He is the choreographer of the award winning Nike spots: "Free Style." Mr. Glover is the star of Spike Lee's feature film, Bamboozled.

    Conductor BRAMWELL TOVEY has been the Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony since 2000 and works internationally with a prestigious list of orchestras - including the New York Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. As Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony since September 2000, he has enjoyed great success in a broad range of programming. Recent works performed include Shostakovich's Seventh ("Leningrad") and Tenth Symphonies, Mahler's First, Second, Fifth, and Seventh Symphonies, Britten's War Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, and Bruckner's Fifth, Seventh, and Eighth Symphonies. In recent seasons, Tovey has made regular appearances with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, and has conducted orchestras across Canada including the Toronto Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa). In the UK, he has performed with the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Trondheim Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Belgian National Orchestra, and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. In 2006/07, he conducted the Detroit Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (in his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut).

    One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and in 1991 gave its name to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California. The 2004 season introduced audiences to a revitalized Hollywood Bowl, featuring a newly-constructed shell and stage and the addition of four stadium screens enhancing stage views in the venue. To this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's concerts. While the Bowl is best known for its sizzling summer nights, during the day California's youngest patrons enjoy "SummerSounds: Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its 39th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: in 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and close to one million admissions have been recorded. In February 2007, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the third year in a row at the 18th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards; the Bowl's summer music festival has become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers, and Disneyland.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    SUNDAY, JULY 22 at 7:30 PM

    HOLLYWOOD BOWL, 2301 N. Highland Ave. in Hollywood

    Savion Glover: On Tap

    HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA

    BRAMWELL TOVEY, conductor

    SAVION GLOVER, performer, choreographer

    Sponsored by Lexus

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