The sounds of musical theater favorites will drift back to Montgomery on Thursday.
The free Broadway Under the Stars Pops concert brings the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra back to the Great Lawn at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in the Blount Cultural Park.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Starting at 7:30 p.m., MSO will present a mix of new and old favorite tracks including “West Side Story”, “Wicked”, “Hamilton”, “The Sound of Music”, “Camelot” and more.
“Everyone is delighted to be back,” MSO Executive Director Bryan Reeves said of his resident musicians in the River area.
The performance scheduled for last year has been canceled due to the pandemic.
“We did a few shows last season,” Reeves said. “It’s the first one that sort of comes back at full speed.”
The general public is invited to bring picnic chairs and blankets. For those who have purchased meals, special care has been taken with the spacing of the tables for safety reasons.
“We have a lot of space for people to spread out there,” Reeves said.
If the guests can get closer to the musicians, they can also walk away across the pond in front of ASF and clearly hear the concert.
“We’re bringing in a world-class sound team to do the audio amplification for this gig,” said Reeves. “This system is designed to make sure that we get the sound across the pond.”
Reeves said MSO learned to take virus precautions for the audience and the orchestra, who rehearsed at the Davis Theater.
“We take a lot of distance when we’re indoors,” Reeves said. “We had the winds and brass offstage in the audience seats for rehearsals so that we had enough room to spread out everyone. “
Entering the park is a bit easier now. The Woodmere and Vaughn Road entrances will be open, now that repairs to the bridge at the Vaughn Road entrance are complete.
The concert is sponsored by Regions Bank, with support from the JK Lowder Family Foundation and the S. Adam Schloss Foundation.
Jamie Reeves is the Acting Director and Conductor
A native of Montgomery, Jamie Reeves, director and interim conductor of MSO, will lead the Broadway Under the Stars orchestra. He was praised by the Bloomington Herald Times for his “… sharp and charismatic performances”. He is also a versatile artist committed to presenting a diverse repertoire of symphonic works ranging from the Baroque to the 21st century.
In recent seasons, Jamie has frequently participated in masterclasses and international conducting competitions where he has conducted orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Filharmonia Śląska, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra , The Victor Hugo Orchestra. Franche-Comté and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.
As a strong advocate of new music, Jamie frequently collaborates with composers of our time, directing early performances by Camila Agosto, Maxime Daignault, Patrick Thompson and Hangrui Zhang, among others. Jamie has also been recognized with numerous awards and scholarships, including the Peabody Career Development Grant and the Thelma A. Robinson Award from the Conductors Guild and the National Federation of Music Clubs. Strongly committed to inspiring the next generation of orchestral musicians, Jamie is a visiting clinician for youth orchestras across the United States including the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestras, Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra and Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic.
Jamie received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alabama in 2009, studying trombone with Dan Drill and Jay Evans and conducting with John Ratledge. During this time, Jamie performed with many orchestras in the area, including the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra. Jamie continued his education at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, earning his Masters of Music in Conducting in 2011. In May 2020, Jamie received his PhD in Musical Arts in Conducting at the Johns Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory. Jamie studied conducting primarily with Marin Alsop, David Effron, Arthur Fagen, John Ratledge and Joseph Young, and in masterclasses with JoAnn Falletta, Bernard Haitink, Cristain Măcelaru, Leonard Slatkin and Markus Stenz.
Jamie joined the University of Alabama faculty in the fall of 2020 as Director of Orchestral Studies and Music Instructor. Jamie conducts the Huxford Symphony Orchestra at the University of Alabama and teaches conducting and introductory listening courses with distinction.
– Montgomery Symphony Orchestra
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