Our friends at the Carnegie Theatre in Covington, Kentucky, will honor distinguished CCM alumnus Carmon DeLeone (BM, 1964; BS, 1965; MM, 1967) and his storied career in Cincinnati with a special program entitled Birdie to Brice: 50 Years of Carmon DeLeone at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22.
With DeLeone at the podium, this concert will feature his Middletown Symphony Orchestra in an evening of musical theatre favorites including selections from Bye Bye Birdie, Funny Girl and Man of La Mancha.
Distinguished CCM alumnus and Tony nominee Lee Roy Reams (BM, 1964; MA, 1982; HonDoc, 1998) will also be featured on the program.
Tickets to 50 Years of Carmon DeLeone are on sale now through the Carnegie Box Office. Call 859-957-1940 or click here for details.
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About Carmon DeLeone
Music Director of the Cincinnati Ballet, the Middletown (OH) Symphony and Conductor Laureate of The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Carmon DeLeone possesses an impressive list of accomplishments. At New York’s Carnegie Hall, he has served as Conductor and Host of the Family Concert Series with the Orchestra of St. Lukes. He has conducted frequent performances in Europe with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been named the Illinois “Music Director of the Year.” Under Mr. DeLeone’s leadership, the Illinois Philharmonic was twice named the “Illinois Orchestra of the Year.”
As a composer, he most recently premiered his Fanfare, Funk and Fandango (An American Dance Set). He has composed many original scores for the ballet, most recently his Princess and the Pea. His best known work, the full-length ballet in two acts, Peter Pan, is enjoying continued praise in major cities from coast to coast, as well as overseas. DeLeone conducted the debut of Peter Pan in London during a 28-performance run with the Atlanta Ballet at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall. His list of ballet score creations also includes Frevo, Guernica, With Timbrel and Dance Praise His Name, and Ruth Page’s Billy Sunday, which was nationally televised in 1983.
During his 12-year tenure as Assistant, and later Resident Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, DeLeone served on its staff with Music Directors Max Rudolf, Thomas Schippers, Walter Susskind and Erich Kunzel. He was also selected personally by Erich Leinsdorf to participate in an intensive master conducting seminar at Lincoln Center.
Under DeLeone’s leadership, the Illinois Philharmonic was named the “1992 Illinois Orchestra of the Year,” an honor held in the previous year by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
His diverse talents are demonstrated by the wide range of his musical interests. He is experienced in both the classics and jazz, whether leading his own “Studio Big Band” from the drum set, or playing the French horn in both idioms. For 17 years, he was also the host of his very popular weekly radio program, Sunday Morning Music Hall, on WRRM-FM in Cincinnati.
DeLeone earned BM, BS and MM degrees from CCM. He served at CCM as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Opera and Musical Theatre. During this tenure, he conducted productions of Prince Igor, La Cenerentola, Gianni Schicchi, The Crucible, La Callisto (American Premiere) and The Secret Marriage. He has been presented with CCM’s “Distinguished Alumni Award.” At Indiana University, he conducted the world premiere and nationally televised production of John Eaton’s children’s opera, The Lion and Androcles.
DeLeone is very pleased to have made his New York conducting debut with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for their season-opening gala performance of Carmina Burana and Revelations at New York’s City Center. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and was immediately re-engaged to host and conduct all of the following year’s series of Family Concerts.
DeLeone is a proud recipient of Cincinnati’s most prestigious “Post-Corbett Award” for excellence in the arts and was recently named as “A Gentleman Of Style And Substance” by Cincinnati Magazine. He lives in Cincinnati (North Avondale) with his wife of 40-plus years, Kathleen.
View DeLeone’s recent spotlight on CET’s SHOWCASE with Barbara Kellar here.
About Lee Roy Reams
American musical theatre actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and director Lee Roy Reams was born in Covington, Kentucky. Reams earned a Master of Arts degree and was awarded an honorary doctorate from CCM. He made his Broadway debut in Sweet Charity in 1966.
Reams was nominated for both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in the original production of 42nd Street in 1980. He played the role of Frank Schultz in the 1989 Paper Mill Playhouse production of Show Boat, which was televised on Great Performances by PBS.
Reams has appeared on concert stages and in cabarets throughout the country. At present he is serving as the resident director of the Theatre at Sea program sponsored by the Theatre Guild.
Reams’ other Broadway work includes Beauty and the Beast, La Cage aux Folles, Applause, Lorelei, Hello, Dolly!, Oklahoma!, Sweet Charity and An Evening with Jerry Herman.
Learn more about Lee Roy Reams’ distinguished career, courtesy of UC Magazine, here.