Bond and Beyond
Hilary Kole, vocals
Nathaniel Beversluis, conductor
You will be shaken, not stirred as sultry singer Hilary Kole opens the GSO POPS season performing “For Your Eyes (and ears!) Only.” The legacy of 007 comes alive with music from five decades of Bond films including Casino Royale, Goldfinger, and From Russia with Love.
Don't miss this Bond girl as she belts out "Live and Let Die!", along with standards from Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and the Judy Garland songbook.
About the guest artist:
Vocalist Hilary Kole's current release "You Are There," (Justin Time/JVC Japan) is a compilation of piano and vocal duets with some of the greatest artists in the history of jazz piano including Dave Brubeck, the late Hank Jones and many more. It is a follow-up to her debut recording produced by John Pizzarelli, "Haunted Heart" (Justin Time) which was released to critical acclaim in April of 2009, winning the Gold Disc Award in Japan, and receiving 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine. Both recordings are testaments to Hilary's musicianship and versatility as an artist in a career that started in a slightly different vein:
After studying composition at Manhattan School of Music, Hilary began performing as a vocalist at the legendary Rainbow Room as the youngest singer ever to grace the stage. From there, she debuted at the Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel as the co-writer and star of the critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway reviews, "Our Sinatra," and "Singing Astaire." She made her concert hall debut at Lincoln Center as part of the "American Songbook Series" with Jonathan Schwartz. In June 2007, she appeared at Carnegie Hall in a Tribute to Oscar Peterson, a performance reprised in January 2008 at the Canadian Memorial to Dr. Peterson at Roy Thompson Hall alongside Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and Nancy Wilson.
Additional major concert appearances include headlining in New York City at Town Hall, Birdland, The Blue Note, Iridium, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, and Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops and with Michael Feinstein. Throughout the world Hilary has headlined at the Umbria Jazz Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, the Nairn Jazz Festival in Scotland, and the Cotton Club and Blue Note in Japan. She also travels the country performing an orchestral show with pops orchestras.
In addition to Messrs Brubeck and Jones, Hilary has recorded and/or performed with Oscar Peterson, Michel Legrand, John Pizzarelli, David Frishberg, Monty Alexander, Benny Green, Freddy Cole, Alan Broadbent, Cedar Walton and Mike Renzi among others.
About the conductor:
Nathaniel Beversluis is the Resident 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.
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