NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2015 -- The ASCAP Foundation, in celebration of its 40th anniversary, today announced the launch of a nationwide series of concerts and educational programs made possible by revered ASCAP member Jerry Herman. Herman is best-known as the composer /lyricist of the iconic musicals Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage aux Folles. Entitled Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert, each performance will feature a full symphony orchestra and star Broadway performers Debbie Gravite, Jason Graae, Klea Blackhurst and Scott Coulter. The series will debut on October 23, 2015 in Tulsa, Oklahoma with the Signature Symphony.
In addition to the concerts, produced by Spot-On Entertainment, Jerry Herman has established a new ASCAP Foundation award in his name – The ASCAP Foundation Jerry Herman Broadway Legacy Prize. Recipients will be high school and university students chosen from a musical theater performing master class held in each touring city and hosted by the Jerry Herman Broadway performers. Master class students will be invited to audition with a Jerry Herman song. One local student will then be selected by a panel of performers and mentors to perform in the concert for each city and will receive the Herman Broadway Legacy Prize.
Songs from all Jerry Herman musicals (Hello, Dolly!; Mame; La Cage aux Folles; Milk and Honey; Dear World; The Grand Tour; and Mack and Mabel will be featured in the program. Concert dates for the 2015/16 season are as follows:
· October 23, 2015 with the Signature Symphony at TCC in Tulsa, Oklahoma
· October 29, 2015 with the Naples Philharmonic at Artis Naples in Naples, Florida
· January 13, 2016 with the Milwaukee Symphony at the Marcus Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
· February 6, 2016 with the Phoenix Symphony at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix, Arizona
Dates for the 2016/17 season will be announced soon.
About The ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education, talent development and humanitarian programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach initiatives and programs to improve the physical and spiritual well-being of people through music. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by music lovers throughout the United States.
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Contact: Jim Steinblatt