A Tribute to Jerry Herman & John Kander
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at FSW
2020-2021 Season Sponsor: Gunterberg Charitable Foundation – Culliton Family
Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz
Highlights from “Hello, Dolly!”
It’s Today / Mame
It Only Takes A Moment / Hello, Dolly!
Look What Happened to Mable / Mack and Mable
I Won’t Send Roses / Mack and Mable
Highlights from “Mame”
Willkommen / Cabaret
Overture/All That Jazz / Chicago
All I Care About is Love / Chicago
Cabaret / Cabaret
I Am What I Am / La Cage aux Folles
Before the Parade Passes By / Hello, Dolly!
Christiane Noll received Tony and Drama Desk award nominations and won a Helen Hayes award for her portrayal of Mother in the Kennedy Center Revival of Ragtime. She starred in the record-breaking First National Tour of Dear Evan Hansen and is currently starring in the same show on Broadway. Other Broadway and National Tour appearances include Elf, Chaplin (Drama Desk Nom.), Urinetown (Ovation Award), The Mambo Kings (pre-Broadway), It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Jekyll & Hyde (FANY award), Grease, Miss Saigon, and South Pacific (Australia/Thailand). She was featured in NBC’s live broadcast of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood.
She has been a frequent guest soloist as part of Bravo Broadway with symphony orchestras in almost every state in the USA, as well as international appearances with Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio, China Philharmonic with concert pianist Lang Lang, and orchestras in Hong Kong, Czech Republic and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson, in his last pops performance with The New York Pops and sang with Steven Reineke in Sondheim! the Birthday Concert at Carnegie Hall. She made her Hollywood Bowl and O2 Arena debut singing with Dame Julie Andrews in Gifts of Music and her opera debut with Placido Domingo in The Merry Widow at the Kennedy Center. She received critical acclaim for her appearance in City Center Encores! 1776 and The New Moon. Film & TV: Law & Order SVU, Madam Secretary, The Good Fight, and The King & I (Singing Anna – Warner Brothers Animated Feature). Favorites: Next to Normal (CCC award), October Sky, Follies (STL critics circle award), Snow Child, Closer Than Ever (Off-Broadway Alliance award), Little Shop of Horrors, Mack & Mabel (Conn. Critics Circle Award), The Baker’s Wife, Into The Woods, and Carousel. She has made appearances at Town Hall’s Broadway By the Year, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series and multiple evenings at Feinsteins’s 54 Below and Birdland. Solo Recordings: A Broadway Love Story, Live at the West Bank Café, The Ira Gershwin Album, My Personal Property and Gifts – Live at 54 Below.
Sal Viviano has appeared with over 120 Symphony Orchestras in Pops Concerts at major Halls around the World, with current bookings up to 2 years in advance. A Detroit native, he ‘opened’ for many Comedy Legends, while earning Degrees (on Football Scholarship) from Eastern Illinois University. On Broadway, Viviano’s credits include: The Three Muskateers (debut), and roles in the hits Romance / Romance, City of Angels, Falsettos, The Life, and The Full Monty. Off-Broadway, he’s co-starred in over a dozen more: Closer Than Ever (Broadway World Award); The Big Time; Golf, The Musical (Backstage Award), Beau Jest; Cather County; Weird Romance; Catch Me If I Fall; Broadway Jukebox; Joseph Papp’s Hamlet, The Opera….
On Tour, he starred in Evita, Anything Goes!, The Pirates of Penzance, Pippin, Hair, and earned a Helen Hayes nomination for Sunday In The Park With George. Recently in NY: Chicago (Billy Flynn). On Screen: Legally Blonde 2, Black Roses, The Jitters, Spike of Bensonhurst, Life With Mikey, TV’s Law and Order, Cosby Mysteries, and Disney’s Out of the Box (VanGogh).
Recordings (over 70) include his solo CD, The Standards of Love, recorded live with full Orchestra (FRIARecords). Other notable venues: The Iridium, The Russian Tea Room, The 92nd Street Y (15 seasons), The White House (Reagan), The Presidential Inaugural Concert (Clinton/Gore). A longtime FRIARS CLUB member, Viviano regularly ‘opens’ the legendary Celebrity Roasts. Anthems: 29 Seasons, NY Mets. Mr. Viviano resides with his wife, Liz Larsen, and two boys, Allesandro Gian and Joseph Dante, in NYC.
Andrew M. Kurtz
Music & Executive Director
Gulf Coast Symphony founder Dr. Andrew M. Kurtz enters his twenty-sixth season as the Symphony’s Music & Executive Director, and conductor. His deep rooted commitment to new work, community and education, combined with a vibrant artistic vision has led to creating and nurturing one of the most dynamic arts organizations in the region. His conducting has been called “passionate, expansive, expert, and musical.” He was named the 2007 Performing Artist of the Year at Lee County’s Angel of the Arts Awards. Kurtz’s repertoire encompasses a wide range of music styles from baroque to contemporary, and multiple genres including symphonic, opera, ballet, musical theater, jazz, cantorial, and symphonic pops.
An avid arts educator, Maestro Kurtz was Resident Music Director at the Luzerne Music Center. Kurtz is a past-president of the board of the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. In 2001, he won First Prize in the Dell’Arte di Firenze International Conducting Competition, and made his European conducting debut in Florence. In 1995, Kurtz made his international operatic debut in Tel Aviv while working as a staff conductor at the Israel Vocal Arts Institute. In 1997, he conducted the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s educational tour production of The Best of Puccini. He was a scholarship conducting student at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival, and boasts numerous other conducting credits, including the Pennsylvania Opera Theater, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Charlotte Symphony, Gonzaga Symphony, and the Ocean City Pops.
Kurtz completed his doctoral studies in conducting at the Peabody Conservatory and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia where he received his master’s degree in music history and a bachelor of arts in music and drama. A native of Philadelphia, Kurtz has called Southwest Florida home for more than 28 years, where he currently resides with his wife, Julie, and their son, Benjamin.
Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra Members
~ Denotes Gulf Coast Symphony Chamber Orchestra Member
Featuring the Gulf Coast Jazz Collective