Tony Award® winner Jennifer Holliday will perform with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops for three performances, November 26-27, 2010 in Jennifer Holliday in Concert. Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch will conduct the program which will include such Dreamgirls hits as "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" and "Changing," along with other audience favorites. The concerts will take place during Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, November 26 at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 27 at 8 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
Possessing one of the biggest and most powerful soul voices of the last quarter century, Jennifer Holliday received a Tony Award® and Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Effie in the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls. It was this tragic and triumphant role and her show-stopping performance of the ballad "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" that made her a star. Ms. Holliday's other stage credits include performances in the Broadway revivals of Chicago, Grease, and Your Arms Too Short to Box With God, and the national tour of Sing, Mahalia, Sing. Her albums include Feel My Soul (produced by Earth, Wind & Fire leader Maurice White), Say You Love Me, Get Close to My Love, I'm On Your Side, and the Gospel album On & On.
Marvin Hamlisch, now in his eleventh season as Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, is the first person to hold that position with the NSO. As composer, Hamlisch has won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars®, four Grammys®, four Emmys, a Tony® and three Golden Globe awards; his groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, received a Pulitzer Prize. Under Hamlisch's leadership, the National Symphony Orchestra Pops season is marked by a wide variety of musical forms-jazz, Broadway musicals, oldies, and more-and a distinctive mixture of major artists and emerging talents.
Upcoming NSO Pops performances for the 2010-2011 season include: Happy Holidays!, December 9-12, 2010; Disney in Concert, February 3-5, 2011; Pink Martini, April 13-16, 2011 and Jon Secada and Tito Puente Jr., May 12-14, 2011.
Performances for NSO Pops: Jennifer Holliday in Concert will take place on Friday, November 26 at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Saturday November 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$85 and are available for purchase at the Kennedy Center box office or by calling Instant Charge at (202) 467-4600. Patrons living outside the Washington metropolitan area may dial toll-free at (800) 444-1324 or visit us online at www.kennedy-center.org.
For more information about the NSO Pops, please visit www.kennedy-center.org.