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Romancing the stage

MOSC looks to the past for night of love

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Posted: Friday, February 8, 2019 4:00 am

Romance is in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches. Symphony and chorale lovers will need to wait a bit longer for a night of musical romance.

The Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale’s next concert, Dancing & Romancing is scheduled March 2 at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center.

Classics that symphony officials say will “transport” the audience back to a time when dancing and romancing were king, will include “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Singing in the Rain,” “All That Jazz,” “In the Mood,” “That Old Black Magic,” and many more romantic, dance-filled favorites.

Featured Broadway stars Joan Hess and Kirby Ward will sing and dance during the performance with the MOSC. The MOSC website, mosc.org, calls it the timeless elegance and romance of the golden age of Hollywood musicals. The site promises to “sweep you off your feet with song and dance standards inspired by the likes of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Gene Kelly.”

Hess and Ward are well known in the entertainment world.

Ward has entertained the world over, performing for queens, presidents, and dignitaries on nearly every continent on the globe. A veteran of the Broadway stage, Ward’s work includes “Hal Prince’s Show Boat!”, “Woman of the Year at the Palace”, “Never Gonna Dance at the Broadhurst” and others. Born in California, he continues to travel the world as an actor, writer, director and choreographer.

Hess is known for her role of the wealthy and hilarious Tanya in her fifth Broadway show, Mamma Mia! She was also seen as Jessica (the “Leggy Blonde”) in HBO’s award-winning comedy series, Flight of the Conchords. Hess was featured in the PBS Great Performances series in “My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs”, hosted by Julie Andrews. She has performed with numerous symphonies around the world.

The pair have been well reviewed for their work together.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal described Dancing & Romancing as “Wow! ... one of the most prolific Pops performances in recent history... Hess and Ward sang and danced their way through a nearly two-hour show and did so flawlessly... The energy generated on the stage was palpable.” The Permian Basin will be tapping their toes at this incredible night of music with their own prestigious orchestra – the Midland-Odessa Symphony. This performance will put a song in your heart and have you dancing in your seat - don’t miss it!

The show is made possible by Lissa Noël Wagner with Frances Brown and the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale. Tickets are $30-$50, Students are $17. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased by calling 800-514-3849, online at MOSC.ORG, or by visiting the Wagner Noël Box Office, M-F, 12-5 PM.

Dancing & Romancing is sponsored by Brazos Door & Hardware, Midland Symphony Guild, Basin PBS and KWEL.

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