2015 Guest Artist: Don Pippin
Don Pippin is one of the most influential and important musical figures in Broadway history. He has long been a mainstay on Broadway, and guest conducting with major symphony and Pops orchestras worldwide. Pippin has earned the Tony Award, Emmy Award, Drama Desk Award, and a Golden Record during an illustrious career. Maestro Pippin has conducted, musical directed and served as vocal arranger for more than two dozen Broadway shows including the historical original production and 2006 revival of A Chorus Line (longest running musical in Broadway history at its closing), Applause (Lauren Becall and Len Cariou), Cabaret (Joel Grey), Dear World (Angela Lansbury), Jerry's Girls (Dorothy Louden, Chita Rivera, Leslie Uggams), La Cage aux Folles (original production) , Mack and Mabel (Robert Preston and Bernadette Peters), Mame (Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur), Oliver! (Davy Jones), Seesaw (Tommy Tune), and Woman of the Year (Lauren Becall). Foremost among Pippin's many important collaborations, have been those with composer Jerry Herman. After their first encounter on the Broadway musical Ben Franklin in Paris , the team of Herman and Pippin went on to collaborate on seven original works for the Broadway stage including industry mega-hits Mame and La Cage aux Folles . A fixture in America's great concert halls, Pippin also held the position of Musical Director for ten years at New York City's grand Radio City Music Hall.
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