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ETL:Ron Raines stops by KETK

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Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:34am

Texas native Ron Raines stopped by KETK with Richard Lee, the cCnductor of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra.

 Raines is a Tony- and Emmy-winning musical director.

He and conductor Donald Pippin will perform at Liberty Hall in Downtown Tyler April 25, 8:00 pm, as part of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra Association's ETSOA@Liberty Hall Series.

Their "Legends of Broadway" show features the pair performing musical theatre favorites by songwriters such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerry Herman, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Kander & Ebb, and the Gershwins. Plus, the duo will share anecdotes from their years in the theater.

Tickets are reserved seating; $30 on the main floor and $25 in the balcony. For tickets visit The concert is sponsored in part by the Women's Symphony League of Tyler.

The concert brings Ron Raines back to his East Texas roots. He grew up in Nacogoches, where he graduated high school. He went on to attend Oklahoma City University and The Juilliard School in New York City.

Raines is perhaps best known for his Emmy-nominated performance at Alan Spaulding on the CBS daytime drama, "Guiding Light." His musical career has taken him to stages across the country performing in acclaimed productions and concerts. He received a Tony nomination for this performance in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" opposite Bernadette Peters. He has been back on Broadway in "Disney's Newsies" and he just finished a run as Daddy Warbucks in the recent Broadway revival of "Annie."

Along with his stage career, Raines has soloed with more than 50 major American and international orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the Philadelphia Pops, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, and the Israeli Philharmonic, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Tanglewood, the London Palladium, Rainbow and Stars, and the Royal Festival Hall.

Donald Pippin is one of Broadway's prolific and most honored music directors and conductors. His numerous credits include works on the original productions of such musicals as "La Cage Aux Folles," "Mame," and "A Chorus Line." He won a Tony Award for his work on the Broadway production of "Oliver!" and an Emmy Award for "Broadway Sings Jule Styne." Along with his Broadway credits, Pippin served for 14 years as musical director of New York's famed Radio City Music Hall.

Along with his theater and television credits, Pippin has conducted major orchestras throughout the United States and around the world.



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