December 31, 2013
Westover Church - 8:00pm
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John Denver's Birthday Tribute!
Jim Curry, vocals
Lee Holdridge, conductor
Celebrate John Denver's 70th birthday with the return of Jim Curry as he performs John Denver's most popular hits with Grammy award winning arranger, composer and conductor Lee Holdridge.
The music of the late John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. Join acclaimed performer Jim Curry and the GSO POPS for this tribute to the music of one of the most beloved singer/songwriters ever to grace the stage.
Tribute artist Jim Curry, whose voice was heard in the CBS-TV movie Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, has performed Denver’s music in sold out shows throughout the country and has emerged as today’s top performer of Denver’s vast legacy of multi-platinum hits.
He’s not your usual “Vegas style” impersonator. In fact, he is not an impersonator at all. Jim sings, in his own natural voice, a tribute to the music in a way that has to be seen and heard to understand the pure honesty of his amazing performance. His looks and his voice are simply a pleasant coincidence that captures the true essence of John Denver’s music. Curry’s heartfelt delivery rolls out into the crowd as multi-platinum hits like "Rocky Mountain High," "Annie’s Song" and "Calypso" fill the room.
About the guest artist:
Jim Curry began his music career writing and performing the opening song, “The Time of Your Life” for his senior play. The song was then voted to be the 1975 class song and Jim was awarded a Rotary Scholarship to study music in college. Even at this early stage in his life Jim’s natural voice resembled that of singer/songwriter John Denver. Embracing the similarities, Jim continued to sing and specialize in the songs of John Denver, sharing John’s positive messages of love, humanity and environmental awareness.
The untimely death of John Denver’s in 1997 was a tragedy that was felt the world over. Such a void in the musical world left John’s ardent fans demanding that his music survive. CBS television responded by producing a made for TV movie: “Take Me Home, the John Denver Story” in which Jim landed an off-camera role singing as the voice of John Denver. This experience inspired Jim to produce full–length John Denver tribute concerts.
He’s not your usual “Vegas style” impersonator. In fact, he is not an impersonator at all. Jim sings, in his own natural voice, a tribute to the music in a way that has to be seen and heard to understand the pure honesty of his amazing performance. His looks and his voice are simply a pleasant coincidence that captures the true essence of John Denver’s music. Curry’s heartfelt delivery rolls out into the crowd as multi-platinum hits like “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song” and “Calypso” fill the room.
Jim believes that John Denver’s words still ring true in these difficult times of war and environmental crisis. John Denver grew rapidly into a mega celebrity when the world was looking for some hope in the late 60’s and his lyrics in songs like, “Take me Home Country Roads” gave America a new lift abroad as well as at home. People all over the world found pride in the natural wonders of the earth and love for John’s message of caring for our planet and each other. Jim delivers these songs in the same spirit, with the same heartfelt care and desire to make a difference. As the concerns of global warming and other environmental issues reach today’s youth, Curry sees a growing number of younger listeners. Curry says, “These songs blend the images of our natural earth with a love for each other as people. The care you give to someone you love is the best care. Making that connection to our earth and to each other is the goal.”
Jim has created the ultimate tribute experience and has emerged as the top performer of John Denver’s music today. He often performs with John Denver’s former band members. Curry’s tribute is the first and only full-length John Denver tribute in a Las Vegas Casino and is a sell-out favorite at the Silverton time after time. Curry has taken his show on the road to Performing Arts Centers and Casinos in the US and Canada and out to sea as one of the most popular shows on the Holland America Cruise Line.
On October 2007, the 10th anniversary of John’s passing, Jim brought a landmark concert to the stage in Aspen Colorado. It included many of John Denver’s former band members, some of them for the first time in a tribute show. Bass player Dick Kniss (who also tours with Peter Paul and Mary) Songwriter, guitar and dobro player Steve Weisberg (who penned many John Denver’s recordings) Banjo player Jim Connor (a former member of the New Kingston Trio and author of the hit song “ Grandma’s Feather Bed”) Legendary guitarist James Burton (Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson and John Denver) and in what would be one of his last major performances before his passing, singer/songwriter John Stewart of the famed Kingston Trio. The bold and dynamic thinking of Curry continues to produce historical concert engagements and bring icons of the music industry together into powerful shows.
Jim’s latest efforts are to take his tribute show to a new level by adding symphony orchestrations back into live performances of John Denver music. When John Denver wanted to add a full orchestra to his live shows and recordings, he teamed up with Grammy Award winning arranger, composer and conductor Lee Holdridge. Lee’s symphony arrangements, along with John’s songs became the trademark sound of many of John’s hits. Jim Curry and Lee Holdridge have now brought the rebirth of the timeless songs of America’s troubadour back in a full-length live concert of John Denver’s greatest works.
Whether Jim is performing with a symphony orchestra, with his talented band, or all by himself, his compelling voice, combined with dramatic images of nature is an unforgettable show that will truly fill up your senses. Learn more about Jim at - http://www.jimcurrymusic.com/
About the guest conductor:
Lee Holdridge was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His mother is Puerto Rican and his father American. He spent his early years in Costa Rica, beginning music studies on the violin at the age of ten with Hugo Mariani, then the conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica. At fifteen – now determined to be a composer – he moved to Boston to finish high school and study composition with Henry Lasker.
Later, Holdridge moved to New York to continue his music studies and begin his professional career as a composer. While in New York, he wrote chamber works, rock pieces, songs, theater music and background scores for short films. Holdridge’s successes in New York came to the attention of Neil Diamond who brought Holdridge to Los Angeles to write arrangements for Diamond’s forthcoming albums. A string of gold and platinum hits followed, which led to Diamond and Holdridge collaborating on the film score for Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
Since that time Holdridge has scored numerous film and T.V. hits including films such as Splash, Big Business, Mr. Mom, Micki & Maude,16 Days Of Glory, The Other Side Of The Mountain Pt. II, Mustang Country, The Beastmaster, Jeremy (Cannes Festival award winner), Sylvester, The Tuskegee Airmen and El Pueblo Del Sol. T.V. shows include Moonlighting, Beauty and the Beast, the complete eight hour remake of East of Eden, The Tenth Man, Dreamer of Oz, Hallmark Hall Of Fame’s One Against the Wind and The Story Lady. Mr. Holdridge also scored the epic film Old Gringo, and Pastime, winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and Best Director Award at the Houston Film Festival. Mr. Hold ridge began a very successful collaboration with Moriah Films, the film division of the Simon Rosenthal Center, with the Academy Award winning documentary feature film The Long Way Home.
More recently, Mr.. Hold ridge scored the motion pictures Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, Unlikely Heroes, the Hollywood Film Festival Documentary award winner Beautiful Music, the disturbing documentary feature Ever Again, the Oscar winning Warner Bros. documentary feature Into The Arms of Strangers: Stories of The Kindertransport, the TNT mini-series The Mists of Avalon, the NBC mini-series 10.5, the PBS Emmy nominated series American Family, Christopher Reeve’s The Brooke Ellison Story for the Arts and Entertainment Network and Saving Milly for CBS. He scored Moriah Films feature length biography of Simon Wiesenthal entitled I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal, which
had its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007. He recently
completed the score for the moving documentary feature film Brothers at War. Recent projects include the epic documentary feature film by Richard Trank on Winston Churchill entitled Winston Churchill: Walking With Destiny and the Hallmark Movie The Shunning. The newest film projects include the forthcoming It Is No Dream, Hell And Mr. Fudge, The Confession, Liz & Dick, When Calls The Heart and The Prime Ministers.
In addition to his film career, Mr. Holdridge has had an extensive repertoire of concert works performed and recorded including The Golden Land, the Jefferson Tribute, his Concerto # 2 For Violin And Orchestra, his suite from the opera Lazarus And His Beloved, the orchestral suite Scenes Of Summer as well as the Concerto For Viola And Chamber Orchestra, the Concertino For Violoncello And Strings, the Serenade For Oboe And Strings, the Fantasy Sonata For ‘Cello and Piano, the Elegy For Strings and Harp, and Sonnet for soprano and orchestra.
Mr. Holdridge has also worked with many major recording artists having written, arranged and conducted for Placido Domingo, Barbra Streisand, Brian May of Queen, Stevie Wonder, John Denver, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka, Vittorio Grigolo , Al Jarreau, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole, Jane Olivor and many others.
Mr. Holdridge has received numerous awards and nominations during his career. Amongst these he received six Emmys for writing: the background score of the pilot film for Beauty And The Beast, the song The First Time I Loved Forever from Beauty And The Beast, the background score for the National Geographic’s The Explorers, the background score for ABC World Of Discovery – Beautiful Killers, the Bud Greenspan film Atlanta’s Olympic Glory and the One Life To Live title theme music. He received both Emmy and Grammy nominations for his title song for Moonlighting, which he co-wrote with Al Jarreau and he also received the prestigious Circle of Friends of Music award, given in Italy in 1972 for his Ballet Fantasy for Strings and Harp.
Recorded releases of Mr. Holdridge’s music include: Holdridge Conducts Holdridge, Gerhardt Conducts Holdridge both recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, soundtracks of the television series Beauty And The Beast, the mini-series Mists of Avalon, the motion pictures Old Gringo, El Pueblo Del Sol and Pastime, the Grammy award winning Symphonic Hollywood as well as soundtracks for Brothers At War, One Against The Wind, The Giant Of Thunder Mountain, Into Thin Air, The Long Way Home, Into The Arms Of Strangers: Stories Of The Kindertransport, The Dreamer of Oz, Unlikely Heroes, In Search of Peace and Winterhawk.
Mr. Holdridge’s extensive background in both the concert and theater fields include co-authorship of the Joffrey Ballet standard Trinity, the one act in-school operas The Prospector and The Magic Dream and the one act opera Journey to Cordoba, commissioned by The Los Angeles Music Center Opera. Journey to Cordoba premiered on February 11, 1995 at the Luckman Theater at California State University, Los Angeles and has since enjoyed close to 100 performances in the Southern California region. The newest one act opera is Tanis in America, premiered by the Los Angeles Opera in May, 2009.
Recent works include Ode to Orion premiered by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Concierto Para Mendez premiered by the Los Angeles Opera as well as concert versions of An American Hymn, Moonlighting and Once Again It’s Christmas Time This Year.
The newest commission is the full length opera Dulce Rosa based on an Isabel Allende short story. This is planned for premiere by the Los Angeles Opera Company in May, 2013.
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