You’re the Top!: Cole Porter’s 125th Birthday Celebration

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
David Alan Miller, Conductor
Kevin Cole, Host, Piano, and Vocalist
Klea Blackhurst, Vocalist
Sylvia McNair, Vocalist
Ryan VanDenBoom, Vocalist and Tap Dancer

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
4:30 PM
Donor Gates Open
5:00 PM
Public Gates Open
8:00 PM
Concert Starts

Tickets: $100/$25
Lawn: $10


(arr. Brian Eads)
“Cole-verture” for Orchestra “You’re the Top”—“I Concentrate on You”— “You Do Something to Me”—“I Get a Kick out of You”— “Begin the Beguine”—“Easy to Love”

(arr. Brian Eads)
“You’re the Top” from Anything Goes

(arr. Hans Spialek)
Gavotte from DuBarry Was a Lady

(arr. Edward Powell)
“Please Don’t Monkey with Broadway” from Broadway Melody of 1940

(arr. David Snyder)
“In the Still of the Night” from Rosalie

(arr. Kevin Cole)
“Let’s Do It” from Paris

(arr. Buddy Bregman/ David Snyder)
“Don’t Fence Me In” from Hollywood Canteen

(arr. David Snyder)
“Anything Goes” from Anything Goes—“Ridin’ High” from Red, Hot, and Blue

(arr. Kevin Cole)
“Night and Day” Variations for Piano

(arr. Don Walker)
“The Leader of a Big-Time Band” from Something for the Boys

(arr. Robert Russell Bennett)
Overture to Kiss Me, Kate

(arr. Brian Eads)
“So In Love” from Kiss Me, Kate

(arr. Philip J. Lang)
Overture to Can-Can

(arr. Philip J. Lang)
“I Love Paris” from Can-Can

(arr. Buddy Bregman/ David Snyder)
“It’s All Right with Me” from Can-Can

(arr. André Previn/ Al Woodbury)
“Stereophonic Sound” from Silk Stockings

(arr. Brian Eads)
“Ev’rytime We Say Goodbye” from Seven Lively Arts

(arr. David Snyder)
“Friendship” from DuBarry Was a Lady


Special Thanks
Roberta Staats, Executive Director of Cole Porter Trust
Dr. Sam Baltimore
Robert Kimball
Mark Eden Horowitz, Senior Music Specialist, Library of Congress
Sargent L. Aborn, President, Tams-Witmark Music Library Inc.
Brian Sherman, Professional Theater & Concert Licensing, Rodgers & Hammerstein
Sean Patrick Flahaven, Senior Vice President, Theatre & Catalog Development, Warner Chappell Music
Lisa Margolis, Legal Department, Warner Bros.
Keith Pawlak, Music Curator, Fred Fox School of Music, University of Arizona
John Wilson, Conductor/Arranger
Gary Echelmeyer, Production Stage Manager/Video Director
Palmer Jankens, Sound Director
Kevin Cole, Producer/Writer

Program Notes

Writing his first songs at the age of 10 and composing entire musical comedies during his college years, Cole Porter would later conquer Broadway and Hollywood with a nearly endless string of hit songs that practically define the “Great American Songbook.” The elegance of his melodies and the sophisticated wit of his lyrics so epitomized the character of a bon vivant that he was himself portrayed in two Hollywood film biographies by Cary Grant and Kevin Klein. To celebrate the 125th birthday of this American musical icon, Ravinia has assembled a roster of artists who have made a specialty of finding the full measure of joy, humor, and perceptive insight in his immortal songs.

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