Disco was the sound of the ‘70s, and it still has the power to get us movin’ and groovin’. Celebrate those disco days and boogie nights with a cast of New York’s top performers and guest conductor Ernest Richardson, current Principal Pops Conductor of the Omaha Symphony, at the podium. The evening will include ‘70s hits by Abba, The Eagles, Simon and Garfunkel, and more in between. If you remember the days when Rocky was a box-office smash, Donna Summer was the queen of the air waves, and Beethoven had his first top-40 hit, this is the Pops experience for you!
Ernest Richardson, Conductor
Richardson is presently the Principal Pops Conductor and Resident Conductor of the Omaha Symphony. Since 1992, he has laid the groundwork for and led in the development of the Omaha Symphony’s successful Symphony Pops and the vaunted education and community engagement programs. He also holds the position of Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra. Under his leadership, the organization has grown from a community orchestra to a resident professional orchestra, attracting the area’s finest musicians. A recipient of the 2016 Nebraska Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Arts Education, Richardson has encouraged and supported countless young musicians as the founding Artistic Director and CEO of the innovative Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory. In addition to conducting, Richardson is an accomplished composer and arranger, strategic planning facilitator, and occasional violist.
Tamika Lawrence, Vocalist
Hailing from the Mount Hope neighborhood of the Bronx, two-time Grammy Award®-winner Tamika Lawrence began her musical career on Broadway almost 10 years ago and has starred in The Wiz Live! On NBC, Book of Mormon, Come From Away, RENT, Caroline, or Change (2022 Drama Desk nomination for “Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical”) and the world premiere of Black No More (2022 Lucille Lortel nomination for “Outstanding Lead Performer in a Musical”). She then began to lend her Alt-Rock vocals to movie soundtracks and sang backgrounds for artists, including Hugh Jackman and Idina Menzel.
Jessica Hendy, Vocalist
Jessica Hendy is widely recognized as one of Broadway’s best belters. She played the role of Grizabella in Cats in both the original Broadway run and the 2016 revival cast, becoming the only person in history to have appeared in both Broadway incarnations of that smash hit musical. Other Broadway credits include Aida and Amour. She has toured nationally and in Canada in Cats and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator). Her one-woman musical, Walking with Bubbles, had its world premiere in New York City earlier this year, and she received rave reviews for her one-woman cabaret, A Life To Call Your Own, and a Bistro Award for the revue Get Your Tickets Now.
Scott Coulter, Vocalist
Scott Coulter is one of New York’s most honored vocalists. For his work in cabaret, he has received five Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs (MAC) Awards, five Bistro Awards, and two Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist. He has performed at most of NYC’s top rooms, including Birdland, 54 Below, The Oak Room at the Algonquin, and Feinstein’s at The Regency, where he spent a record-setting eight months performing the revue, 11 O’Clock Numbers at 11 O’Clock, which he also co-created, directed, and musically arranged. His self-titled debut CD won the 2003 MAC Award for “Outstanding Recording” and was chosen for the best recording of the year by TheatreMania and Cabaret Scenes magazines. Coulter was Director and star of A Christmas Carol: The Symphonic Concert in its world premiere with the Baltimore Symphony and reprised his performance in the Emmy®-nominated PBS production which premiered in December, 2013. He was an Emmy nominee for his performance in American Song at NJPAC.
John Boswell, Pianist/Vocalist
John Boswell has served as musical director for Judy Collins, Andy Williams, Bob Newhart, Scott Coulter, Maude Maggart, Faith Prince, Carmen Cusack, Babbie Green, Jason Graae, and a host of other fine talents. He played the role of “Moose” in the national tour of Crazy for You and has appeared on The Tonight Show, Today Show, CBS This Morning, Regis and Kathie Lee, and General Hospital. Recent concerts with symphonies have included Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert, Blockbuster Broadway and Sheena Easton and Scott Coulter: The Spy Who Loved Me and Music of The Knights. Boswell has been heard singing in the shows, Three Men and a Baby, Grand, Cinema Toast, Broadway Today, Wiseguys and the New York cult hit Cashino. Broadway/Off Broadway credits include Crazy for You, The Secret Garden, LIZA! Steppin’ Out at Radio City Music Hall, Back to Bacharach and David, and The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives. He has eight CDs of original piano music and a ninth on the way.