PROGRAM INFORMATION

A Celebration of the Music of Linda Ronstadt

Featuring Ann Hampton Callaway, the Stanford Live Orchestra,
Luci, La Doña, and Anne-Marie MacIntosh

 

Saturday, July 9, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Frost Amphithteater
 


Artists


Ann Hampton Callaway
Billy Stritch, piano and music director
Bob Mann, guitar
Trey Henry, bass
MB Gordy, drums

 

Stanford Live Orchestra
Mike Galisatus, conductor

 

Luci
Anne-Marie MacIntosh, soprano
La Doña and Rene Peña-Govea

 

View the full Stanford Live Orchestra roster here.

 

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PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Please be considerate of others and turn off all phones, pagers, and watch alarms. Photography and recording of any kind are not permitted. Thank you.


About the Program


"The music that I chose during my life, it wasn't arbitrary. It was all in my family home when I was growing up. I never tried to record anything I hadn't heard before the age of 10. Otherwise, I couldn't do it authentically."
—Linda Ronstadt
 
There are few artists who have had a career as diverse and eclectic as Linda Ronstadt. Her music has embraced the genres of rock, country, mariachi, jazz, and even operetta. Tonight's performance was designed to showcase the many sides of Linda's artistry, brought to musical life by a line-up of multi-generational performers who are each a testament to Ronstadt's ongoing legacy as one of our country's most important musical icons.  

Biographies


Ann Hampton Callaway 
Ann Hampton Callaway is one of the leading champions of the great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. A born entertainer, her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. She is best known for Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series The Nanny. Callaway is a Platinum Award winning writer whose songs are featured on seven of Barbra Streisand's recent CD's. The only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland and Barbara Carroll to name a few.

Callaway's live performances showcase her warmth, spontaneous wit and passionate delivery of standards, jazz classics and originals. She is one of America's most gifted improvisers, taking words and phrases from her audiences and creating songs on the spot, whether alone at a piano or with a symphony orchestra. Ann has been a special guest performer with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood and is featured at many of the Carnegie Hall tributes. She has sung with more than thirty of the world's top orchestras and big bands, and has performed for President Clinton in Washington, D.C. and at President Gorbachev's Youth Peace Summit in Moscow. Callaway performed with her sister, Broadway star Liz Callaway, in their award-winning show Sibling Revelry at London's Donmar Warehouse. Their newest act Boom!, a critically acclaimed celebration of the babyboomer hits of the 60's and 70's, was recorded on PS Classics which debuted in the top 25 on Billboard Jazz. Ann was featured in the Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade telecast watched by 6 million people singing Emmy Award winning song "Yes, Virginia." Recently Ann debuted her latest symphony show The Streisand Songbook with The Boston Pops and continues to tour the show with top orchestras across the country into 2015. Said Randall Fleischer after conducting the show with The San Francisco Symphony, "Ann's tribute to Streisand is a glorious evening of great songs, brilliantly orchestrated and sung magnificently." After performing the show at 54 Below, she garnered two Broadwayworld.com Awards and the 2013 MAC Award for Show of the Year.


Anne-Marie MacIntosh
Canadian soprano Anne-Marie MacIntosh, hailed by the Globe and Mail as one of “The Voices of a Generation,” is currently a third year Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera. This past fall, Anne-Marie made her War Memorial Opera House mainstage debut as Marzelline in a new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio, under the baton of newly-appointed San Francisco Opera Music Director Eun Sun Kim. In the new year, she made another role and company debut as Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen with Opera San José, quickly followed by joining San Diego Opera as the Juliette cover for their recent production of Roméo et Juliette.

Ms. MacIntosh was a participant in the 2019 Merola Opera Program, where she performed the role of Diana in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s If I Were You. As the “anchor of the opera,” she was praised for her “seamless technique, attractive lyric timbre, phrases of spine-chilling power and beauty” and her “easy stage deportment” (Opera Today). Her love of new works was also displayed earlier that year in her performances as Coloratura in Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus with Against the Grain Theatre, which earned her and her colleagues a Dora Mavor Moore Award for “Outstanding Performance of an Ensemble, Opera.”

Anne-Marie’s many other operatic credits include Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Abigail (The Crucible), and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro). Anne-Marie is a proud alumna of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development program and the Rebanks Family Fellowship.


Luci 
Luci is the hypnotizing, folk-pop trio born out of a spontaneous session between three stylistically different LA based songwriters. From poetic musings to an anthemic fervor, a Luci show is simply their powerful, musical friendship on display.  Formed 2015, Luci has opened for REO Speedwagon, Justin Moore, Raelynn, Tyler Farr and more, built a loyal fanbase in LA and Nashville, and toured the country with Pat Benatar and Neil Girlado. Their latest release 'Watch It Rise' (2020) represents hope, togetherness, and community. Full of compelling harmonies with a modern rock twist, “Watch It Rise” wakes you up, guides you through an emotional uprising, and leaves you in the hands of optimism.


La Doña
Born Cecilia Cassandra Peña-Govea in San Francisco, California, La Doña is a solo reggaeton singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. The Chicana artist began her career at age 7 playing trumpet, and later strings and percussion in her family’s conjunto. She also played in a youth salsa band and a Balkan fusion band before synthesizing her unique upbringing in her original compositions. La Doña combines her deep roots in Latin folk traditions like corridos and rumba with the propulsive modern sounds of reggaeton, cumbia, and hip hop.

La Doña coined the term “Femmeton” to describe her auto-referential songs about love, sex, gentrification, and the radical joys of being a queer brown woman in the Bay Area. An activist and educator, she holds her community close—her father, childhood friends, and partner layer live instrumentation, intimate harmonies, and driving percussion over a thick reggaeton beat. Influenced by local muralismo and hyphy sensibilities just as much as global diasporas and climate catastrophes, La Doña’s catalog is eclectic, fresh, and urgent.

La Doña was chosen as one of YouTube’s Foundry Artists and she has performed recently at Tecate’s“El Patio” and Redbull’s “EEUU de Bass”. Her song, “Quién Me La Paga” was the first of the New York Times Magazine’s “19 Songs that Matter Now” for 2020, and her EP, Algo Nuevo, was selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the 6 best albums of 2020. La Doña was awarded the 2020 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Mini-Commission, and continues to make music.


Billy Stritch 
Billy Stritch began his career in Houston, Texas, where he formed the vocal trio Montgomery, Plant and Stritch. The trio performed all over New York and Europe from 1983 until they disbanded in 1990. A chance meeting with Liza Minnelli in March of 1991 resulted in her asking him to create vocal arrangements for the record-breaking extravaganza Liza Stepping Out at Radio City Music Hall. In addition to his 25-year collaboration as accompanist and opening act for Liza, Billy recently toured with the legendary Tony Bennett as Tony’s pianist and musical director. A solo entertainer in his own right, he has performed his own shows (including tributes to Mel Tormé and Cy Coleman) in concert halls and nightclubs across the country. Billy also serves as music director for such leading vocalists as Marilyn Maye, Linda Lavin, Linda Eder, Christine Ebersole, and Paulo Szot. He is the co-writer of the Grammy-winning song “Does He Love You” recorded by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis. The single reached the number one spot on the Billboard Country music chart, winning a Grammy Award and selling in excess of five million copies along the way. Billy has arranged music for many top performers and created the arrangements for “Minnelli On Minnelli” and “Liza’s At The Palace,” both at Broadway’s famed Palace Theater. He was also seen onstage playing the role of Oscar in the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of 42nd Street in 2001. 

 

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