Broadway Baby: A Choral Celebration of the American Musical Theatre

Date: 
Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Mission Viejo, CA. On Saturday, March 9 at 2 and 8 pm, in the McKinney Theatre, Saddleback College’s Community Chorale and the College Choir will be joined by Broadway star, Bryonha Parham to celebrate the American Musical Theatre. Parham recently performed in the Broadway productions of The GeBryonha.jpgrshwin’s Porgy and Bess and Ragtime.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to experience the thrill of seeing smash Broadway hits performed from shows including Guys and Dolls, Ain’t Misbehavin’, My Fair Lady, West Side Story and Les Miserables. This captivating concert is conducted by Dr. Scott Farthing, with piano accompaniment by Pennie Foster and Catherine Tibbitts.

Bryonha Parham was recently in the Broadway revival of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess as Serena where she gave a wrenching display of grief as she sang  “My Man’s Gone Now” over her husband’s coffin. This Kansas City girl made a big time impact after booking her first Broadway show in 2009, the revival of Ragtime. Bryonha’s favorite shows include, of course, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Kennedy Center (Ragtime), Flat Rock Playhouse/NetWorks (The Civil War), Mason Street Warehouse (Ain’t Misbehavin’), and Seaside Music Theatre (Crowns). She holds a BFA from Illinois Wesleyan University.

Tickets are $15 general and $10 students/seniors.  Call the ticket office at 949-582-4656 (noon to 4, Wednesday through Saturday) to order your tickets or online at www.saddleback.edu/arts.

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  Free parking is available in Lot 12.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the second left to Theatre Circle, turning right into Lot 12.

With a long tradition of excellence in music, the Saddleback College Vocal Program continues building on that tradition with the very finest in both standard vocal repertoire and the music of the cutting edge.  The three primary choirs on campus include the Community Chorale, Concert Choir, and the Women’s Camerata, which perform many concerts around the area throughout the school year.  Membership is open in all three ensembles with the successful completion of a vocal placement interview at the beginning of each semester.  In addition to beginning, intermediate and advanced level vocal classes, Saddleback College offers private voice lessons to a select few vocalists who are planning on pursuing degrees in vocal performance at the university or conservatory level.  Past students in the Applied Music program have been accepted to prestigious music schools across the country.  In addition, Saddleback College is proud to be one of a handful of community colleges in the state which offer its students the opportunity to perform in operas and opera scenes each semester.  Past performances include The Old maid and the Thief, The Medium, Goose Girl, Suor Angelica and Mozart’s Mitradate.  For more information about singing at Saddleback College, please contact Dr. Farthing at sfarthing@saddleback.edu.

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu and for Fine Arts information, please visit www.saddleback.edu/arts.