Connecting with audiences key to Waco Symphony’s Broadway program

Posted on: January 10, 2014

In Thursday’s (1/9) Waco Tribune-Herald (Texas), Carl Hoover writes that Broadway actress Christiane Noll says “there’s one noticeable difference when singing stage tunes with a symphonic orchestra rather than a Broadway show band: volume. ‘You never get used to 60 to 70 (instrumental) pieces behind you,’ she said. ‘In a stage production, you’re lucky if you have 20.’ Noll … will get the muscular musical backing of a 60-piece Waco Symphony Orchestra next week when the soprano joins fellow actors Anne Runolfsson and Doug LeBrecque in ‘Bravo Broadway,’ a pops … program whose vocalists—and participating orchestras—change from performance to performance depending on scheduling and availability. The concerts’ songlists sometimes slightly change, depending on the vocalists’ background and preferences, but usually span classic to contemporary Broadway musicals … Singing actors like the trio that will perform in Waco often supplement their acting in stage productions with concert and cabaret performances and that experience makes them accustomed to connecting with an audience on a song-by-song basis…. ‘That’s an important component both for stage and symphony performances… Audience is the active ingredient,’ Noll said.”

Posted January 10, 2014