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February 14, 2012
Westover Church - 8:00pm
Let's Fall in Love!
John Pagano, vocals
Nathaniel Beversluis, conductor
Celebrate Valentine's Day with John Pagano in a program featuring songs by Sinatra,Cole Porter and much more! Pagano was the lead vocalist in the legendary Burt Bacharch's band for more than 14 years.
About the conductor:
Nathaniel Beversluis is the Assistant Conductor of the Greensboro Symphony and the Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra. A native of Indianapolis, Nathaniel began writing music and playing piano and violin at a young age. He refused to practice Hanon exercises, hymns, or anything by Edward MacDowell. Confounding one piano teacher after another, he began learning music by reading and playing from scores, listening to records, composing, and staying hours after school to extract wisdom from his school orchestra conductor, Dick Dennis.
He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Indiana University School of Music and Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He studied conducting with Mark Gibson, Xian Zhang and Roger Grodsky, and served as pianist and Associate Conductor for CCM Musical Theater. He has worked for the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca (Lucca, Italy), University of Central Florida Conservatory Theatre (Orlando and Daytona Beach, FL), Seaside Music Theater(Daytona Beach, FL), and Tri-Cities Opera (Binghamton, NY).
He received two composition fellowships to the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles and recently conducted the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra (Hilversum, NL) on a radio broadcast as part of a conductor's workshop. He has studied piano with Phil DeGreg, Lynne Arriale, Mike Lucas and Luke Gillespie, and his compositions have won awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.). His interests as a composer involve combining the traditions and approaches of classical with jazz musicians.
Since August 2009 Nathaniel has been Music Director for the Music Theatre program and Performing Arts Department at Elon University.
About the guest artist:
Providence, Rhode Island native John Pagano is a truly a singer’s singer. As the lead vocalist in the legendary Burt Bacharch's band for more than 14 years, John has traveled extensively, performing in major concert venues and with numerous symphony orchestras. In addition to his ongoing association with Mr. Bacharach, John has collaborated with Grammy Award winning writer-producer Barry Mann, renowned composer-producer George Duke, George Howard, Elvis Costello, Garth Brooks, Whitney Houston, Faith Hill, Wynona Judd and David Cassidy. Along the way, John's voice caught the ear of Jerry Seinfeld, for whom he opened shows in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City. John’s film credits include the Adam Sandler film CLICK and Jim Carrey’s Yes Man.
John is featured on ten albums including his recent solo release Pure Imagination which he recorded with a 40-piece orchestra at the legendary Capitol Recording Studio A in Hollywood, California. During the recording sessions, John transitioned effortlessly from vocalist to instrumentalist to producer, working closely with session players that have performed with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Chet Baker. Having his friend and mentor, Burt Bacharach, play on and produce cuts on the album further enriched the experience for John.
Headlining his first solo symphonic pops show, featuring the classic love songs of Pure Imagination, is a dream come true and John looks forward to performing it for audiences across North America and around the world. Check out John's website at: www.johnpagano.com