Thursday, March 13, 2014

Music of John Bucchino Master Class

John Bucchino is BACK! Broadway composer and songwriter, John Bucchino returns to his Chicago home at Porchlight Music Theatre with another Music of John Bucchino Master Class

Singers, $125
Non-student auditors, $25

12 singers maximum, limited number of auditors based on capacity Saturday, March 22nd
4:30 – 8pm
Location: Porchlight Rehearsal Studio, 4200 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60639
Parking available on the street and in the adjacent lot.

During our Chicago Premiere of John's musical "A Catered Affair," he offered his first ever Chicago Master Class, which sold-out within an hour. Here is another opportunity to study with the master composer who gave us the scores for the musicals URBAN MYTHS, LAVENDER GIRL, Broadway’s A CATERED AFFAIR (nominated for 12 Drama Desk Awards, and winner of the New York Drama League Award for Best Musical, with a book by Harvey Fierstein), IT’S ONLY LIFE, and the Dreamworks animated film JOSEPH, KING OF DREAMS, and lyrics for the children’s musical SIMEON’S GIFT (with a book by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton and music by Ian Fraser). Some recordings of his work are: GRATEFUL, THE SONGS OF JOHN BUCCHINO (with companion songbook), SOLITUDE LESSONS (another collection of original songs), ON RICHARD RODGERS’ PIANO (solo piano interpretations of Rodgers songs on the composer’s own Steinway, voted Best Instrumental CD by Show Business Weekly), and the PS Classics releases of the cast albums of IT’S ONLY LIFE (with companion songbook) and A CATERED AFFAIR. As part of their Julie Andrews Collection, Harper Collins published a children's book, based on John’s song, called “Grateful, A Song of Giving Thanks” which was awarded the Parents’ Choice Gold Award.

John Bucchino's songs have been performed and recorded by renowned pop (Art Garfunkel, Judy Collins), theatre (Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald), cabaret (Barbara Cook, Michael Feinstein), and classical (Yo-Yo Ma, Deborah Voight, Nathan Gunn) artists as well as The Boston Pops, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, The Hollywood Bowl, The Sydney Opera House, London’s O2 Arena, and The White House.

Among his honors are two Drama Desk nominations, The Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award, The ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, The Jonathan Larson Award, The Kleban Award, The Los Angeles Ovation Award (for the revue IT’S ONLY LIFE), The DVD Premiere Award (for the song “Better Than I”), and the first annual Fred Ebb Award.

How to Participate:
Singing Participants will be chosen by lottery. Submit your interest in coaching with John Bucchino here by Monday, March 17, 5pm by clicking the link below. You will be notified either way if you have been selected to participate by Tuesday, March 18, 6pm. As part of your registration, you will be asked to submit two John Bucchino song selections for his review and approval. If chosen to participate in the Master Class, John will select which of the two songs he will work with you in the Master Class. (Please have the second song prepared as well).

Auditors may reserve their seats by registering here.

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