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APO Season Opening Celebration - August 20, 2017

Please join us for APO's Season Opening Celebration! This exclusive event will feature an intimate performance by one of the greatest singers of all time, Marilyn Maye, accompanied by legendary jazz pianist Tedd Firth. This is truly a special opportunity to hear a singer who Ella Fitzgerald referred to as one of the greatest singers in the world. You won’t want to miss this afternoon of champagne, incredible artistry and a preview of our exciting 3rd season in our fabulous new home, Arena Stage. I hope you’ll join us and become a part of the critically acclaimed American Pops Orchestra family.

- Luke Frazier, Founder and Music Director

Sunday, August 20, 2017
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater -
Molly Smith Study

1101 6th St SW
Washington, DC 20024

Marilyn Maye is a highly-praised singer, actress, director, arranger, educator, a Grammy nominated recording artist and a musical treasure. “Discovered” by Steve Allen led to her numerous appearances on national television. From those appearances came an RCA recording contract.

Maye has appeared 76 times on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the record for a singer. Her RCA recordings consist of 7 albums, 7 CD’s and 34 singles, including the first hit recordings of “Cabaret” and “Step To The Rear”. Her album “Marilyn Maye Sings All of Hello, Dolly”, with liner notes by composer, Jerry Herman, was released as a CD. Her place in popular music history was assured when the Arts Council of The Smithsonian Institution selected one of her recordings, “Too Late Now” from her album, “The Lamp Is Low”. From the many recorded versions of that song by other artists, they choose Maye’s to include in their album of the 110 Best American compositions of the Twentieth Century.

Ms. Maye’s starring roles in theater include Can Can, Follies, Mame, and multiple productions of Hello, Dolly.

Her many symphony concert appearances around the United States, include the Florida Symphony, The Philly Pops, The Tulsa Philharmonic, The Phoenix Symphony, The Kansas City Symphony, The Omaha Symphony, The Pasadena Symphony, Michael Feinstein conducting. Her two appearances with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall for tributes to Stephen Sondheim and Frank Loesser received show-stopping applause and rave reviews.

Marilyn has performed more than 320 engagements in the last eleven years in New York include: sold-out multiple-nights at the Metropolitan Room, Birdland, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency Hotel, Dizzy’s Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, New York’s Town Hall, the 92nd Street Y Theater. For her fifth standing room -only appearance at Feinstein’s 54 Below, she presented Marilyn Maye, “Her Way”, A Salute to Sinatra. In April, 2017, she appeared for her seventh run at Feinstein’s 54 Below to celebrate her birthday plus seven more full-house nights.

Her one-hour PBS Television Special aired numerous time during January and February, 2017.

2017 marked her 7th consecutive New Year’s Eve plus a seven-day run at New York’s Metropolitan Room.

“She has more voice and stamina than most singers half her age. Her voice is full and rich and perfectly in tune, and she displays a voluptuous enjoyment of singing. She is a symbol of resilience and entertainment.” -Steven Holden, New York Times.

At Dizzy’s Club, Coca-Cola, NYC in September, 2016, Elizabeth Ahlfors reviewed Maye’s performance for Cabaret Scenes as follows: “Maye is musically sophisticated, a ruler over her performances. Maye swings hard, she’s on the mark harmonically, witty and surprising. Her songs are from the Great American Songbook and she is always intent on the lyrics. Yet, as she delves into the lyrics, Maye is also a jazz singer and full of complex new melodic thoughts, turning her phrasing to complex directions. She is a pro who has been at this game her entire life and has played rooms from the majestic Carnegie Hall to local clubs and theaters around the country”.

Ms. Mayes’ engagements throughout the country include the Hollywood jazz club - Catalinas, The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, the Kingsborough College, Brooklyn, NY. the Regent Seven Seas World Cruise, Feinstein’s at the Nikko Hotel in San Francisco’s, West Coast Jazz Party, Dakota’s in Minneapolis, The Sheldon Theater, St. Louis, Gem Theater, Folly Theater and the jazz room, Jardine’s, and Quality Hill Playhouse in Kansas City, the Art House, (eight consecutive years) Provincetown, the McCallum Theater, the Annenberg Theater and the Purple Room in Palm Springs, Dino’s Backstage, in Philadelphia and most recently “Dizzy’s Club," at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. For the past 60 years she’s appeared each year at the beautiful lake resort, The Inn at Lake Okoboji. Ms. Maye conducts her master classes “The Art of Performance” in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Palm Beach, St. Louis, San Francisco and Kansas City. She also, coaches privately and has designed and directed many one-hour performances for various singers in New York.

In October, 2017 Maye will appear in the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Her entire life has been committed to the Art of Song and Performance of the American Songbook.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 816-591-1114 OR marilyn@marilynmaye.com

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Tedd Firth is a New York City based musical director, pianist and arranger. As musical director and accompanist he has worked with Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Barbara Cook, Maureen McGovern, Michael Feinstein, Elaine Paige, Tom Wopat, Leslie Uggams, Joshua Bell, Tony DeSare, Linda Lavin, Christine Ebersole, Lucie Arnaz, Lee Ann Womack, Faith Prince, John Schneider, Melissa Errico, Karen Akers, Mary Cleere Haran, Margaret Whiting, Carol Sloane and of course, Marilyn Maye.

Among the jazz musicians he has performed or recorded with are John Pizzarelli, Houston Person, Frank Wess, Mark Whitfield, Red Holloway, Benny Golson and Joe Morello.

Recent highlights include being the musical director for the reunion of the original Broadway cast of Into The Woods at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa, CA as well as serving as musical director for Michael Feinstein's “Jazz and Popular Song” concert series at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

New York appearances include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Blue Note, Birdland, the Iridium, the Algonquin, the Cafe Carlyle and Feinstein's at the Regency. Numerous national appearances include a performance at the White House. As an arranger and orchestrator, Tedd's work has been performed by most major American symphony orchestras as well as Liza Minnelli. Television appearances include "The Today Show," "Live From Lincoln Center" and "All My Children.”