UK Rocks Concert Features Broadway Talent Performing the UK's Greatest Pop Music
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 3/12/2015, 10:40 a.m.
HOUSTON (March 11, 2015) – On April 2-4, the Houston Symphony celebrates the iconic pop music of the United Kingdom in U.K. Rocks. Storm Large from the group Pink Martini and J. Robert Spencer of the Midtown Men perform songs ranging from The Beatles to contemporary artists such as Coldplay and Adele in this “across the pond” spectacle.
With hits like "Mr. Blue Sky," "Satisfaction" and "Every Breath You Take," the newly-produced program highlights the influence the Brits have had on pop music. Bands such as The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Queen will be performed by a full orchestra with the vocals of Storm Large and J. Robert Spencer, all under the baton of Principal POPS Conductor Michael Krajewski.
Storm Large returns to Houston after touring with the band Pink Martini with whom she played to international acclaim and sold out concerts. She shot to national fame in 2006 as a finalist on the CBS show Rock Star-Super Nova. Currently, she is writing an off-Broadway musical in New York City. J. Robert Spencer originated the role of Nick Massi in the Tony Award and Grammy Award winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys. In 2008 he left Jersey Boys and originated the role of Dan Goodman in the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize Winning Broadway production of Next To Normal. His work earned him a Tony Award Nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He currently tours with The Midtown Men, a tour performed by the original cast of Jersey Boys.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit houstonsymphony.org or call the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center at (713) 224-7575, Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, April 2, 2015, 8:00pm
Saturday, April 3, 2015, 8:00pm
Sunday, April 4, 2015, 8:00pm
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Storm Large, vocalist
J. Robert Spencer, vocalist
615 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002
Tickets from $25
About Storm Large
Storm Large cartwheeled out of the gutter of her checkered past, across a thousand punk rock stages and into her infamously googled stint on a rock n roll reality series. From there she went on to tour the world, singing in 17 different languages, and behaving herself somewhat, with the joyful little pop orchestra, Pink Martini, ultimately leading to her success on the stage of Carnegie Hall singing Kurt Weill with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
She explains quite a bit of her wild life in her memoir, Crazy Enough, released 2012 through Simon and Schuster, which was Oprah's book of the week and won the 2013 Oregon Book Award for creative non-fiction. Her award winning one woman show, of the same name, broke every box office record at Portland Center Stage in 2010. In spring 2014, Storm performed at the Gilmore Festival with pianist Kirill Gerstein. In the summer 2014, she appeared at the Ojai Festival with The Knights and at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. In the fall of 2014, Storm will release “Le Bonheur,” named after her band and released on Pink Martini’s label, Heinz Records. The recording will be a collection of tortured and titillating love songs; beautiful, familiar, yet subversive.