A Swingin’ Centennial: Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald
The DC Youth Orchestra
Conducted by Luke Frazier
With members of the American Pops Orchestra
Featuring Moya Angela, Rachelle Fleming and Hilary Morrow
Hosted by Tamika Smith
Script by Kelley Lund
Arranged by Ryan Shirar
A Tisket, A Tasket, Moya Angela
Take The A Train, Hilary Morrow
But Not For Me, Rachelle Fleming
Lullaby Of Birdland, Rachelle Fleming
I’m Beginning To See The Light, Hilary Morrow
Embraceable You, Moya Angela
Just One Of Those Things, Moya Angela
Satin Doll, Hilary Morrow
It Don’t Mean A Thing, Rachelle Fleming
The Lady Is A Tramp, Moya Angela
Since 1960, the DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP) has been an integral part of the Washington community fostering the musical development of more than 50,000 youth. The first youth orchestra to perform at the Kennedy Center, DCYOP has toured 22 countries, played for US presidents and diplomats, and worked with esteemed musicians Copland, Maazel, Rostropovich, and most recently, Gustavo Dudamel and Yo-Yo Ma. The program has received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award and the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Arts Education. DCYOP provides group lessons and ensemble opportunities to youth ages 4-18. DCYOP is proud to be an inclusive program and welcomes all students with a desire to learn, regardless of background, socioeconomic status or ability. Our 600 students represent 200 different schools and 100 unique zip codes.
Marvin Hamlisch put it best when referring to LUKE FRAZIER: “So talented, and sensitive to every nuance.” A rapidly rising star in the Pops world, Mr. Frazier has already proven himself among musical heavyweights as both an innately musical conductor and a sensitive pianist. Mr. Frazier’s commitment to re-envisioning pops programming has quickly established him as a dynamic force across the music community. He has the distinction of conducting in all three of the largest venues at the Kennedy Center. He has worked with artists Renée Fleming, Kevin Spacey, Denyce Graves, Darren Criss, Lea Salonga, Laura Osnes, Eric Owens, Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno, Michael Feinstein, Christine Ebersole, Elaine Paige, Arturo Sandoval, and Norm Lewis, among others.
As a testament to his mission to reimagine pops programming, Mr. Frazier has founded the American Pops Orchestra and the National Broadway Chorus in Washington, DC. His commitment to the American Songbook is also evident through his involvement on the Board of the Great American Songbook Foundation.
Mr. Frazier enjoys an active schedule as a guest conductor. He has recently appeared with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, West Virginia Symphony, and the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as the Artist-in-Residence for the DC Youth Orchestra. For more information, visit lukefraziermusic.com, or follow @LSFConductor on Twitter.
American Pops Orchestra (APO) was founded in 2015 by Maestro Luke Frazier with the aim of breathing new life into orchestra pops programming and inspiring new audiences to discover the wealth of material in the Great American Songbook in dynamic ways. APO, along with the National Broadway Chorus—also founded and directed by Luke Frazier—is a part of the National Broadway Collective. In addition to presenting original orchestral programming on the concert stage, featuring leading Broadway singers, dancers, and actors, The American Pops Orchestra has given several high-profile performances in its first two years, including a special event at The Kennedy Center hosted by Tommy Tune, the Hispanic Heritage Awards, which were broadcast nationally on PBS, the DC Standing Ovation Awards, theatre Washington’s Helen Hayes Awards, and The Giving Pledge at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History.
Moya Angela is an international Broadway singer and actress. Broadway credits include Broadway IN TRANSIT, The Lion King, Ghost the Musical. Other shows: Effie in Dreamgirls National Broadway Tour, TV credits include Portia in “30 Rock” and America’s Got Talent. Proud Ambassador of Broadway in the Hood (helping others open doors) www.Broadwayinthehood.org
Dr. Rachelle Fleming is nationally recognized in the training and vocal health of the contemporary vocal artist. Dr. Fleming holds a doctorate in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Miami, a research Masters in Music Education from Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelors of Music in Voice Performance. Dr. Fleming completed a voice science Vocology course from Dr. Ingo Titze, and pedagogical coursework in two of the leading commercial vocal music training programs. Currently, Dr. Fleming is a full-time member of the musical theatre faculty at The Catholic University of America. She has taught for the national tour of Billy Elliot and at universities and conservatories including The Actors Studio MFA program at The New School, The Eastman School of Music Community Division, and the University of Miami, Frost School of Music. In addition to her collegiate teaching, Dr. Fleming works with private students in high school, young professionals and artists performing on Broadway, at Madison Square Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, Signature Theater, regional theaters, and in major film. She is in demand for master classes and as a visiting teaching artist.
Dr. Fleming acted as Production Adviser for American Voices, a three-day festival on American singing hosted by Renée Fleming at The Kennedy Center, and as a panelist for the symposium session “Voice Training Today.” An edited taping of this event later aired on PBS as a part of their Great Performances series. Dr. Fleming is a charter member of the Pan American Vocology Association (PAVA), and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Research she has co-authored has recently been presented at conferences held by PAVA, NATS, and the Voice Foundation. Her work in teaching and research is also supported by professional experience in personal artist administration, stage direction, performance, television and recording.
A versatile performer, Rachelle has performed in concert, televised performances and recordings with Cuban ensemble Tiempo Libre (Sony release); multiple Grammy-winning opera star Renée Fleming (Decca/Mercury release); and international jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch. Her voice has been praised by Jazz Weekly for being “as agonizingly penetrating as a Dear John letter.”
Hilary Morrow is thrilled to make her debut performance with the DC Youth Orchestra. She performs regularly with The American Pops Orchestra. Most recently she appeared with APO in Cinderella: A Magical Musical Tale after her premiere performance with the group as a featured soloist in She Did it Her Way last season. She recently performed at the famed jazz club, Birdland in New York City and at The Plaza Hotel alongside Broadway legends Brian Stokes Mitchell, Norm Lewis, Laura Osnes and more. Last winter, she toured a musical theatre masterclass series for underserved school children in Maine with Maestro Luke Frazier. Other credits include: Brünnhilde in Hugo Ball: a Dada puppet AdveNTurE!!/?1!!//, Snowella Mistletoe in A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular, Charlotte Stackhouse in Let Trump Be Trump and Isabella Andreini in a one-woman show entitled, Oh, What Can’t A Woman Do?. She received her BA in Musical Theatre from American University and is a member of the National Broadway Chorus.
Tamika Smith is WAMU’s weekend host. She also reports on various local issues, from politics to the environment. Smith began her career at NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin and at Radio One as a national news anchor for Keepin’ It Real With Al Sharpton, broadcasting to more than 500,000 listeners. While at Radio One, she covered major breaking news stories, including the Haitian earthquake in 2010 and the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act. She grew up in Miami, Florida and Nassau, Bahamas. Smith is a graduate of Howard University.