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I Got Plenty o´Nuttin´(Porgy, Chorus)
Bess, You is My Woman Now (Porgy, Bess)
I Ain´t Got No Shame (Chorus)
It Ain´t Necessarily So (Sportin´Life, Chorus)
Strawberry Woman

Oh Lawd,I´m On My Way (Porgy, Chorus)

*New York Philharmonic Debut

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Steinway Piano

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Meet the Artists

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Bobby McFerrin has on recognition for his incomparable solo vocal appearance and best-selling recordings, as well as his collaborations with leading jazz artists. Recent activities include touring as a solo performer and with his jazz and vocal ensembles, in addition to symphonic conducting (to which he devotes considerable time each season). He joined the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in 1994 as Creative Chair. During the past three seasons, Mr. McFerrin has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He had also led members of the NDR Orchestra (Hamburg), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Danish Radio Orchestra. He has conducted a concert version of Porgy and Bess with Opera Carolina and at the Mann Music Center, and has appeared at eh Ravinia, Aspen, Blossom, and Verbier festivals.

Born in New York City, on March 11, 1950, to two classical singers, Bobby McFerrin began studying music theory at age six, shortly before his family relocated to Los Angeles. Piano was his primary instrument in high school and college. It was not until 1977 that he became a singer. His many recordings include several Grammy-winning releases. He sang the weekly theme for "The Cosby Show" and the theme music for the film Round Midnight. Among his best-known recordings are the chart-topping single and video Don't Worry, Be Happy; Medicine Music (1990); Hush (with cellist Yo-Yo Ma); Paper Music; and Bang! Zoom. He is writing an opera on commission from San Francisco Opera, in collaboration with librettist Tony Kushner.

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Bass-baritone Kevin Deas (Porgy) has gained international acclaim for his portrayal of the title role of Porgy and Bess, which he has sung in concert performances at the Mann Music Center and Ravinia Festival, as well as with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and National Symphony. Recent and forthcoming performances include Rossini's Stabat Mater with the Colorado Symphony, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Handel's Messiah with Boston Baroque, Brubeck's Mass to Hope! in Moscow, Bizet's La Jolie Fille de Perth with L'Opéra Français de New York, and Leporello in Eugene Opera's production of Don Giovanni. Recent recordings include Die Meistersinger with the Chicago Symphony and the late Georg Solti and Varèse's Ecuatorial with the ASKO Ensemble and Riccardo Chailly. A graduate of The Juilliard School, he is currently on the faculty of Princeton University.

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Soprano Marvis Martin (Bess) is a frequent guest soloist with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Montreal Symphony. She has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in such roles as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Clara (in the Met's first production of Porgy and BEss), Almirena (Handel's Rinaldo, Echo

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