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Jubilant Sykes' Americana

Event Information:

When: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2008, 8 p.m.

Age limit: All ages

Where: De Yor Performing Arts Center
260 Federal Plaza W
Youngstown, OH

Categorized under: Music | Classical.

Recuring Event? No

Tickets: Buy online

Related Links: De Yor Calendar

Long Description: The American singer Jubilant Sykes adds a new dimension to his artistry with his latest recording for Sony Classical Wait For Me (SK 89107), featuring classic contemporary pop songs by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Brian Wilson and others, a collaboration with acclaimed pop producer Craig Street. A classically trained baritone whose career has already taken him to the Metropolitan Opera, the great music festivals of Europe and concert halls across the U.S., Sykes has created a diverse and personal approach to singing in his distinctive career. This summer, television audiences will get to know Sykes a little better, when he appears on TNT’s All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson, taped live in March at Radio City Music Hall and scheduled for broadcast on July 4. On the concert, he sings Wilson’s classic “Good Vibrations” with Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, and he also appears in the finale with Elton John, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, David Crosby and others. With the release of Wait For Me, Sykes will be touring the U.S. this summer and will be singing at the Hollywood Bowl July 2-4. Jubilant (SK 63294), the singer’s first recording under an exclusive contract with Sony Classical, brought him together with jazz trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard in innovative arrangements of spirituals and hymns. The recording was released in the spring of 1998. Much in demand as a classical soloist with orchestras, Jubilant Sykes has performed under the direction of such noted conductors as Lorin Maazel, Raymond Leppard, David Zinman, Andrew Litton and Christoph Eschenbach. He has given critically acclaimed performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Brahms' A German Requiem and Mozart's Requiem, as well as performances of orchestral song cycles of Mahler, including Kindertotenlieder and Rückert Lieder. He was also the featured soloist in the world premiere of American composer Libby Larson's Coming Forth Into Day, set to a text by Jehan El Sadat, the widow of Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat. Following his 1995 debut at a Boston Pops concert at Tanglewood under John Williams, Sykes was immediately reengaged to accompany the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart on their 1995 and 1997 holiday tours. He appeared on the Pops' Christmas special, broadcast on PBS, and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the 1996 "Salute to Symphony" telecast. Sykes was also featured as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Jubilant Sykes won first place in the regional Metropolitan Opera auditions in Los Angeles and went on to make his Met debut as Jake in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess during the company's 1990-91 season. In addition to his work at the Met, Sykes has appeared with both the Deutsche Opera Berlin and the Houston Grand Opera, as well as other U.S. opera companies. In concert performances, he has sung in Cavalli's Calisto with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and in Bizet's Carmen (as Escamillo) with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra.

Event posted: Sept. 8, 2007

Last updated: Aug. 16, 2016

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