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MEET OUR SOLOIST: Kevin Cole

Oct 3, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by BPO Staff

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
      Benjamin Zander, conductor
      Kevin Cole, piano
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“America’s Pianist” Kevin Cole has delighted audiences with a repertoire that includes the best of American Music. Cole’s performances have prompted accolades from someKevin Cole - Headshot (blog).jpegof the foremost critics in America. "A piano genius...he reveals an understanding of harmony, rhythmic complexity and pure show-biz virtuosity that would have had Vladimir Horowitz smiling with envy," wrote critic Andrew Patner. On Cole’s affinity for Gershwin: “When Cole sits down at the piano, you would swear Gershwin himself was at work… Cole stands as the best Gershwin pianist in America today,” Howard Reich, arts critic for the Chicago Tribune.

Engagements for Cole include sold-out performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl; BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall; National Symphony at the Kennedy Center; Hong Kong Philharmonic; San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (London); Boston Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Australia) Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony,Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra; New Zealand Symphony, Edmonton Symphony (Canada), Ravinia Festival, Wolf Trap, Savannah Music Festival, Castleton Festival, Chautauqua Institute and many others.


Listen to this clip of Kevin performing Rhapsody in Blue with the Nashville Symphony


 He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the   Albany Symphony in May 2013.

 Kevin is also an award-winning musical   director, arranger, composer, vocalist and   archivist who has garnered the praises   of Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen,   E.Y. Harburg, Hugh Martin, Burton   Lane, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen   Sondheim as well as members of   the Jerome Kern and Gershwin families.   He has worked as vocal arranger &   accompanist for opera, pop and musical   theatre performers Sylvia McNair, Dawn   Upshaw, Brian d’Arcy James, Karen Morrow, Melissa Manchester, John Lithgow, Donna McKechnie, Christine Andreas, Hollis Resnik, Klea Blackhurst, Kim Criswell and William Warfield. He has served as Musical Director for Pasadena Playhouse, Michigan Ensemble Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and Royal George Theatre (Chicago).


We are proud to once again feature this dynamic and accomplished performer in what is sure to be an unforgettable performance! Join the Maestro Benjamin Zander and the Boston Philharmonic Thursday October 19, Saturday October 21, and Sunday October 22 - tickets are available online and by calling our Box Office at (617) 236-099.

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Topics: Benjamin Zander, Kevin Cole, Jordan Hall, Rhapsody in Blue, Gershwin, Sanders Theatre

Written by BPO Staff