Reporting Ron Matz
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—If you like the music of “Les Mis” and “Miss Saigon,” you’ll want to head to the Meyerhoff this weekend. The Baltimore Symphony and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society will be joined by a group of talented singers.
Ron Matz reports it should be a performance to remember.
The unmistakable music from “Les Mis” is just part of the songs from four hit Broadway musicals at the Meyerhoff this weekend.
“When it comes to ‘Les Misérables,’ it’s tremendous storytelling in a musical fashion, but it’s about the indomitability of the human spirit and how anybody can overcome something if they have a sense of grace, faith and love. That’s universal. It touches all of us it resonates very deeply for all of us,” said Terrence Mann, singer.
“Do You Hear the People Sing? Miss Saigon to Les Misérables” is a “compilation of their greatest hits of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg from their four shows: ‘Les Misérables,’ ‘Miss Saigon,’ ‘Martin Guerre’ and the ‘Pirate Queen.’ We sort of hooked them all together with anecdotes and storytelling of how the songs came about and our personal relationship to those songs,” Mann said.
“Any music lover will love the show because there are various styles in the Boublil-Schonberg catalogue. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is extraordinary, and there’s a 120-member chorus, so it’s a wall of sound,” said Kathy Voytko, singer.
Mann and Voytko are touring with the show.
“Touring is actually lovely. We get to go to different cities and experience the different orchestras around the country,” Voytko said. “My sister and brother-in-law used to live in Fells Point, so when I was in college in Virginia I would come here fairly regularly. I love Baltimore, and I’ve toured through here with other shows and I’m happy to be back.”
“I’ve never been to Baltimore before, but I am so thrilled to be here,” Mann said. “Everyone is so nice. It’s wonderful to be here. People are helping us to get acclimated. We’re having a good time meeting new friends.”
The BSO will be joined by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in what promises to be a memorable performance.
“Jack Everly, the conductor, is tremendous. We have a lot of fun. There are some surprises and great singing. It’s a great evening,” Mann said.
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