TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2023, 7 P.M.
Darko Butorac, conductor
Welcome to ALT ASO @ Highland Brewing! The Asheville Symphony’s ALT ASO series takes the orchestra on the road to unique locations throughout Asheville to play innovative concerts.
Have a beer to support the Asheville Symphony! As if you needed an excuse to taste another Highland Brewing beer, $1 of each purchase of this event’s signature beer — Total Eclipse of the Hop, American IPA — supports your Asheville Symphony. So drink up (responsibly) and enjoy!
ON THE PROGRAM
Sousa, “Washington Post March”
Grieg, Peer Gynt, “Morning Mood”
Strauss, “Emperor Waltz”
Mussorgsky, “Night on Bald Mountain” & Temperton/Michael Jackson, “Thriller” Mashup
The Police, “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”
Stevie Wonder “Overjoyed”
Kate Bush, “This Woman’s Work”
Bonnie Tyler, “Total Eclipse of the Heart”
Europe, “Final Countdown”
Christopher Cross, “Alright”
Chicago, “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”
George Michael “Faith”
Madonna, “Like a Prayer”
Between each set, there will be a break so that you can refresh your drink or grab food from one of the food trucks!
SERIES PRESENTING SPONSOR
This project is generously funded by:
MEET THE VOCALIST
Alysha Umphress has been seen on Broadway in On the Town (as Hildy), American Idiot, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Bring it On!. Her other credits include: the Off-Broadway revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, for which she received a Lucille Lortel Nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and whose cast won the Chita Rivera Award for Best Ensemble of a Musical; On the Town (again as Hildy) with the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas; and Wonderful Town (as Ruth Sherwood) with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, which was recorded on the LSO label and available on iTunes.
Umphress was nominated for a Helen Hayes award for Best Leading Actress for her portrayal of “Cee Cee Bloom” (a role made famous by Bette Midler in the film) in the world premiere musical adaptation of Beaches at the Tony award winning Signature Theatre. She is an associate artist at Barrington Stage Company where she has appeared in six productions and countless concerts over the past 16 seasons.
As a Principal Vocalist, Umphress has guested with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle in Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town (Ruth Sherwood) recorded on the LSO label and available to stream on Spotify, On The Town (Hildy) with the San Francisco Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, The Boston Pops, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Orchestre National de Lille and with the Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino at the world famous Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Recordings include I’ve Been Played: Alysha Umphress Swings Jeff Blumenkrantz, On The Town, American Idiot (Grammy Award Best Broadway Cast Recording), Fugitive Songs, Bring it On! (Legendary Soloist), 13 Stories Down, Whatever I Want It To Be (duetting with jazz superstar Jane Monheit) Alysha Umphress Live at the Laurie Beechman and Alysha Umphress and Things…Like This (live from her sold out solo show at Joe’s Pub in 2022).
TV credits include Chicago Med, Blue Bloods, Girls5Eva, The Climb, Law and Order SVU, Nurse Jackie, Royal Pains and as “Murphy” on 2 seasons of the Emmy nominated Netflix series Bonding. She can be seen as “Zoe” in the online Olay musical campaign. She has made guest appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Late show with David Letterman, The Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon, The 52nd annual Grammy Awards, and the 64th and 69th annual Tony Awards.
Praised by the Westdeutsche Zeitung for his “exceptional combination of passion, elegance and well‐timed pacing”, Darko Butorac has established himself as a conductor in demand with orchestras both in Europe and the Americas. He currently serves as the Music Director of the Asheville Symphony and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.