Musicals and Theater

Musical Director for Sweeney Todd

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Musical Director for Sweeney Todd

January was a blur this year! Fresh off of a trip to Peru over the holidays, my wife and I returned home and jumped straight into tech week for a musical we’d been involved in since November: Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, produced by St. Mark’s Players. Tessa was a soprano in the chorus, and I was Musical Director, conductor, and pianist. It was many hours of work, advanced my music education considerably … and was tons of fun! The cast was comprised of 19 people – 9 principals and 10 in the ensemble. The orchestra I assembled varied between 10 and 12 people, depending on the night. We had a string quartet, percussion, French horn, trumpet, flute, clarinet, and English horn, which I thought made a very nice mix with the...

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Swing Time – The Musical

»Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Music Performances, Musicals and Theater | 0 comments

Swing Time – The Musical

I’ve enjoyed playing several shows with Mike Thornton’s (of Capitol Steps) production called Swing Time, which takes place in a radio studio during the second World War. The cast of 3 couples sings and dances through all sorts of swing music from that era, including numbers like In The Mood, Tuxedo Junction, and Sing Sing Sing. The band consists of piano, drums, and bass, and in several places the singers do a really great job mimicking the horn section of a large brass band. It’s quite fun to watch (and play in!), especially if you know the tune. Even if you don’t, you’re bound to recognize something … so come check it out at the Navy Memorial Center in downtown DC! Here’s everything you need to know about Swing Time...

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