Michael Krajewski to replace BSO Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly in performances of
An Evening with Jason Alexander, January 22-25
Baltimore, Md. (January 20, 2015) — The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) regrets to announce that due to illness, BSO Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly will be unable to conduct this week’s SuperPops performances of An Evening with Jason Alexander, January 22-25. Replacing Maestro Everly, the BSO is pleased to welcome guest conductor Michael Krajewski, who has led or conducted the BSO on several recent occasions. The program will otherwise remain as scheduled with no changes.
“Regretfully, mother nature got the best of me this week and I am unable to be onstage with our wonderful musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the incomparable Jason Alexander,” said Maestro Everly. “The BSO will be in good hands with my friend and colleague, Michael Krajewski, who worked earlier this season with Jason Alexander and the Houston Symphony. My deepest apologies to you all and I look forward to being back on stage with the BSO next month.”
Known for his entertaining programs and clever humor, Michael Krajewski is a much sought after conductor of symphonic pops. He is Music Director of The Philly Pops and Principal Pops Conductor of the Houston, Atlanta and Jacksonville symphonies.
As a guest conductor Michael has performed with the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras; the Boston and Cincinnati Pops; the San Francisco, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis, Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and National symphonies, and numerous other orchestras across the United States. In Canada, he has led Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, and the Edmonton, Winnipeg and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphonies. Other international appearances include performances in Dublin and Belfast with the Ulster Orchestra, as well as performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and this season’s debut with Spain’s Bilbao Symphony Orchestra.
Michael is the conductor of the video Silver Screen Serenade with violinist Jenny Oaks Baker that aired worldwide on BYU Broadcasting. On recording he has led the Houston Symphony on two holiday albums: Glad Tidings and Christmas Festival. In 2014-2015 Michael will be conducting his original Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel program all over North America featuring national touring artists AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle. Michael’s other collaborative programs have included such artists as flutist James Galway, mezzo Marilyn Horne, pianist Alicia de Larrocha, guitarist Angel Romero, and pop artists Jason Alexander, Roberta Flack, Judy Collins, Art Garfunkel, Wynonna Judd, Kenny Loggins, Ben Folds, Doc Severinsen, Patti Austin, Sandi Patty, Ann Hampton Callaway, Chicago, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Chieftains, Pink Martini, Rockapella, Cirque de la Symphonie, Classical Mystery Tour, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Midtown Men.
With degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Michael furthered his training at the Pierre Monteux Domaine School for Conductors. He was a Dorati Fellowship Conductor with the Detroit Symphony and later served as that orchestra’s assistant conductor. He was resident conductor of the Florida Symphony and for 11 years served as music director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.
Jason Alexander is undoubtedly best known for his iconic portrayal of hapless George Costanza on the legendary hit show “Seinfeld.” The series continues to play around the world, showcasing the reason Mr. Alexander received seven Emmy nominations, four Golden Globe nominations, two American Television Awards, two American Comedy Awards and two Screen Actor Guild awards for his indelible work. But his career is one that defines diversity in every form – acting, producing, directing, writing, and in every media.
Initially focusing on the Broadway stage, Mr. Alexander has starred in the original production of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along as well as The Rink, Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, a musical revue that Mr. Alexander both authored and starred in, playing 14 different roles each night and for which he won a Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle and Tony Award for Best Musical Actor. Even after moving to Los Angeles, he continued his dedication to the theater by becoming the artistic director of the Reprise Theatre Company and triumphantly starring with Martin Short in the L.A. production of Mel Brooks’ The Producers.
COMPLETE PROGRAM DETAILS
Jason Alexander with the BSO
Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 8 p.m. – The Music Center at Strathmore
Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8 p.m. – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH)
Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 8 p.m. – JMSH
Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3 p.m. – JMSH
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Jason Alexander, vocalist
Tickets start at $45 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office, 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.
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