This fabulous concert brings you unforgettable songs from every one of the eleven Broadway musicals that this legendary team created—solid-gold classics such as The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Carousel, Oklahoma!, and The King and I, with appealing rarities like Cinderella and Flower Drum Song, too!
All music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Orchestration by Robert Russell Bennett, unless otherwise indicated.
Arr. Adolph Deutsch/orch. Alexander Courage
Selections from Oklahoma!
Main Title (film version)
“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” (film version)
“People Will Say We’re in Love”
Orch. Don Walker
Selections from Carousel
The Carousel Waltz
“You’ll Never Walk Alone”
“It’s a Grand Night for Singing” from State Fair
“The Gentleman Is a Dope” from Allegro
Selections from South Pacific
“You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught” (orch. Don Walker)
“I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy”
“Some Enchanted Evening”
“There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame”
Selections from The King and I
“I Have Dreamed”
“I Whistle a Happy Tune”
“No Other Love” from Me and Juliet
“Everybody’s Got a Home But Me” from Pipe Dream
“Waltz for a Ball” from Cinderella
“I Enjoy Being a Girl” from Flower Drum Song
Selections from The Sound of Music
Prologue and “The Sound of Music” (orch. Irvin Kostal)
“Climb Ev’ry Mountain”
Principal Pops Conductor, Steven Reineke says, “I love the music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, who together are arguably the most important and successful song writing duos in theatre history. While many of their songs from the eleven musicals on which they collaborated are classics now, it’s worth remembering that they revolutionized the genre when Rodgers and Hammerstein created them. Rather than simply being a diversion to the main action of the story, these song and dance numbers are directly integrated into the drama, furthering the plot and also providing social commentary. The music you’ll hear at this concert is sophisticated and affecting and I’m delighted to be performing these amazing songs with star vocalists Chilina Kennedy and Ryan Silverman, the glorious voices of the Amabile Choirs of London, Canada, and, of course, your Toronto Symphony Orchestra!”
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN
- Richard Rodgers (1902–1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960) wrote eleven musicals in seventeen years, an astonishing accomplishment.
- Although Rodgers and Hammerstein had collaborated on writing songs for Oklahoma! (1943), Carousel (1945), State Fair (1945), and Allegro (1947), the first musical they produced entirely on their own was South Pacific (1949). They would produce, or co-produce, every one of their musicals from then on.
- Rodgers and Hammerstein’s casting process was a cottage industry unto itself. They held weekly Thursday morning audition sessions from which they would recruit fresh talent, who would first be sent out on road tours or be members of Broadway choruses before they became lead performers. For example, Shirley Jones worked in the choruses of South Pacific and Me and Juliet before she undertook the female lead role in the Oklahoma! film.
Thank you to our friends at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for gifting Thirty Four Flavours with a pair of tickets to the ‘Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein’ (Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 8 p.m. )performance!
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Deadline for the Thirty Four Flavours and the ‘Best of Rodgers & Hammerstein (Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 8 p.m.)’ Ticket Giveaway is Monday April 17, 2017.