The Southwest Symphony is shaking, not stirring things up for their season finale. Broadway stars Morgan James and Hugh Panaro fly in from the Big Apple to join us for an evening of Bond, James Bond. From Goldfinger to Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend to Skyfall, you’ll relive every movie with these incredible singers.
Morgan James is a classically trained vocalist, Broadway veteran and recording artist.
Ms. James is a frequent symphony pops soloist, and most recently she premiered her brand new show “Symphonic Soul: The Magic of the Memphis Sound” with the Virginia Symphony. Other appearances include the Houston Pops, Sun Valley Music Festival, American Pops Orchestra, Spokane, Detroit, Harrisburg, San Diego, Utah, Youngstown, Fort Meyers, Missouri, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Ocean City Pops, Greensboro, Charlotte, Allentown, East Lansing, Atlanta, Long Bay Symphony (and many more).
As a Leonard Bernstein aficionado, Ms. James has appeared with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Breckinridge Music Festival, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, and Wichita Symphony performing her solo Bernstein show, conducted by Teddy Abrams. Morgan was featured with the Philadelphia Orchestra in West Side Story in concert, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She appeared with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in an all Bernstein program, led by Brett Mitchell. Morgan has had the honor of being in the Bernstein MASS four times: most recently with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia Music festival, conducted by Marin Alsop; with the Louisville Orchestra (conducted by Teddy Abrams), the Philadelphia Orchestra (conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin), as well as with Baltimore Symphony at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, (also conducted by Marin Alsop).
On Broadway, Morgan has appeared in five Original Broadway Casts: Motown: The Musical, Godspell, Wonderland, The Addams Family, and Kristin Chenoweth’s For The Girls. She routinely tours Europe and the US with her own soul band, and she also toured Europe, Australia, and the U.S. with Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, and is featured in ten of their videos. Her videos on YouTube have garnered 260 million views (and counting).
As a recording artist, Ms. James is about to release her fifth studio album of original soul music, in addition to “Memphis Magnetic”, “A Very Magnetic Christmas”, “Reckless Abandon", as well as her debut studio album entitled "Hunter", and a live album dedicated to the music of Nina Simone (both on Epic Records). She also recorded several full album covers, including the Beatles “White Album” and Joni Mitchell’s “Blue”, all available for purchase and streaming.
Morgan received her voice training at The Juilliard School. For more information and tour dates, please visit her website: www.morganjamesonline.com. Instagram: @morganajames
Hugh Panaro is perhaps best known for having played the coveted role of the Phantom in Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 times, including the 25th Anniversary production. In fact, Hugh is one of the few actors to be cast by Harold Prince as both The Phantom and Raoul in the show's Broadway production and recently starred as the title role in the New York production of Sweeney Todd.
Hugh made his Broadway debut in the original production of Les Misérables as Marius, the role he originated in the First National Company. He also created the roles of Buddy in the original Side Show (Sony cast recording); Julian Craster in Jule Styne's last musical, The Red Shoes; and the title role in the American premiere of Cameron Mackintosh's Martin Guerre. Hugh was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in the title role of Elton John's Lestat, based on Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles.
He made his West End debut in the original London company of Harold Prince's Show Boat as Gaylord Ravenal, the role he previously played in the Broadway and Toronto productions.
At the prestigious 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, Hugh played George Seurat in Sunday in the Park with George, and Robert in Stephen Sondheim's Company. Hugh's performance as Jean Valjean in the Walnut Street Theater's production of Les Misérables earned him the prestigious Barrymore Award, for which he was again nominated after a turn as Fagin in Oliver! In 2012, Hugh was honored with the Edwin Forrest Award for his long-term contribution to the theater.
An active concert artist, Panaro has performed with numerous symphony orchestras including the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Philly Pops, Dallas, Detroit, San Francisco, Seattle, Utah Symphonies, and the London Sinfonietta, among many others. Mr. Panaro’s upcoming engagements include the Philly Pops, Charlotte Symphony, Cleveland Pops, Tucson Symphony, Maui Pops, Hawaii Symphony, among others. Hugh also recently returned as a guest soloist with the Festival Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. He also had the privilege of performing in the world premiere of Penderecki’s Te Deum at Carnegie Hall and was a guest soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, conducted by Marvin Hamlisch. His recordings include Jerome Kern Treasury, the original cast recording of Side Show, Tap Your Troubles Away (Herman), The Centennial (Weil), and Life On The Wicked Stage (Kern). His first solo CD, recorded with Sony/BMG, was released in the summer of 2007. In addition, he toured throughout Europe with the legendary Barbra Streisand. A native of Philadelphia, Panaro graduated from Temple University and was awarded the Boyer College of Music Certificate of Honor.