Tony Award nominated actress Montego Glover and clarinet player Dave Bennet team-up with the world-renowned New York Pops, under the direction of conductor/musical director Steven Reineke for an evening of big band/swing music featuring a tribute to the 75th anniversary of Benny Goodman’s legendary live recording at Carnegie Hall with some very special surprises on Friday, November 1 at 8pm at Carnegie Hall (881 7th Avenue). Click here for tickets!
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1. On November 1, you will be performing with The New York Pops as part of their concert "Sing Sing Swing." What excites you about this upcoming evening? The music, the dancing (we'll have a couple dancing to a few of the tunes), and working with Steven Reineke, Dave Bennett, and the Pops for the evening.
2. What does it mean to you to get to perform at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops? The New York Pops is a tremendous orchestra, one of the best in the world. It is truly my honor to collaborate with them for the evening. And Carnegie Hall is a beautiful, iconic venue that no artist can really resist. I always say there's something intoxicating about the view from that stage and the energy there.
3. What are you looking forward to most about working with New York Pops conductor Steven Reineke? I adore Steven. He is a gifted musician, a very generous artist and dedicated to honoring the music. Every time I work with him I learn so much and I have a great time doing it.
4. What do you enjoy most about Big Band/Swing music? How did this style of music influence you? I love the motion and emotion of Big Band music. It makes people move and stirs an emotional response. It's music you can really feel on all levels. I remember my grandparents playing this music when I was small. It was my first introduction to it and I can certainly say helped shape my idea of the roots of music.
5. What do you hope audiences come away with after attending this concert? I hope audiences will have fun, learn a few interesting facts about swing/big band music, and come back again and again to hear the New York Pops.
6. One component to this evening's show of "Sing Sing Swing," is that one lucky couple will be appear on stage with the orchestra. You were one of the judges of this contest. What did you enjoy about being a judge and searching out this talent? Swing music makes people move and the best thing about being a judge for this competition was watching so many couples move with joy and abandon to the music. Really, really fun.
7. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I was 12 years old. I was taking an amazing acting class and the other students and I had put on a school production. As we took our bows at the end of the performance I remember standing in a line, holding my cast mates hands, listening to the applause, having loved every minute of the process of putting up the play and I thought "I'm so happy. This is what I wanna do". And so it began.
8. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? That's a broad question. At the moment I'd say Cherry Jones and Phylicia Rashad, Mark Rylance. This list gets longer every day!
9. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I'm far more resilient than I thought I could ever be. I'm a hard worker.
10. What's the best advice you've ever received? Tell the truth. Keep your word. Mind your money. Stock your mind and body with good and nutritious food.
11. You received a Tony nomination for playing "Felicia Farrell" in Broadway's "Memphis." Looking back, what did you enjoy most about this time in your career and what did it mean to you to be nominated? I enjoyed creating and ultimately performing the role on Broadway the most. Being nominated meant being favorably recognized by a community that I hold so dear for one of the most important works in my career. A blessing and a privilege.
12. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? The power to put litter bugs away forever!
13. Favorite way to spend your day off? Quiet, quiet, quiet. And time alone.
14. Favorite way to stay in shape? Kettlebell, kickboxing, and yoga.
15. Favorite skin care product? Johnson's baby wash. I've used it for years as a face wash. Why wouldn't you treat your skin like a baby's?
Award-winning actress Montego Glover last starred on Broadway as "Felicia Farrell" in the Broadway hit musical, Memphis (Tony Award, Best Musical 2010), for which she received a Tony Award Nomination for Lead Actress in a Musical as well as a Drama League Nomination. She won both the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award for her performance. Montego made her Broadway debut in the roles of "Celie" and "Nettie" in The Color Purple.
Michigan clarinetist Dave Bennett has performed in over thirty-five US States and Canada and has appeared with thirty orchestras with his Tribute to Benny Goodman combo. Called "the closest ever" to Benny Goodman’s sound and style, Dave was featured on two NPR network radio programs with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band on Jazz at Riverwalk. In April 2008 he made his European debut at The Bern International Jazz Festival in Switzerland. www.davebennett.com
The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Under the leadership of dynamic Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, The New York Pops continues to re-imagine orchestral pops music. The orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall. The New York Pops is dedicated to lifelong learning, and collaborates with public schools, community organizations, children’s hospitals and senior centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Pops Education allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional education with pure fun.
Steven Reineke is the Music Director and Conductor of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Principal Pops Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton and Pittsburgh. As the creator of more than one hundred orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the composer of symphonic and wind ensemble compositions, Mr. Reineke’s work has been performed worldwide.