Steamboat Springs Phillip Hernandez is the only man in Broadway history to have played both Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in “Les Miserables.”
Unbeknownst to some, Hernandez also has served as the vocal coach at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat for the last six years.
“The fact that we are able to bring in these amazing people and no one in town knows about it is something we want to change,” Perry-Mansfield executive director Joan Lazarus said.
With that in mind, Lazarus and Perry-Mansfield are planning to put together a one-of-a-kind program.
Perry-Mansfield will hold Winter Song with Hernandez and Jeremy Wall, who founded Spyro Gyra, an American jazz fusion band originally formed in the mid-1970s in Buffalo, N.Y.
Hernandez and Wall will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Strings Music Pavilion.
They also will offer a private performance on Jan. 4 at a private home and will have an open rehearsal and CD release part on Jan. 5 at Perry-Mansfield’s Steinberg Pavilion.
Those who want to attend more than one event can purchase different passes. The gold pass is for two people to attend all the events at a cost of $500. A silver pass allows one person to attend all events for $250.
People can also buy the snowflake pass for $100, which includes the Strings concert and access to the rehearsal lunch.
Those just interested in attending the Strings performance can purchase tickets by clicking here.
A portion of all the proceeds will benefit a local scholarship fund to send local children to Perry-Mansfield’s 2014 Junior Camp or the Arts Boot Camp.
Both camps begin in June. For more information or to inquire about applying for the scholarship, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We want kids here,” Lazarus said. “Whether it’s junior high or high school kids, we want them interested in making art.”
Hernandez and Wall will be working together and creating a CD while in Steamboat. The Jan. 5 rehearsal is open to children to see what the process of rehearsal and making a CD is like.
In addition to Broadway, Hernandez has acted on many different television shows and worked with the New York Philharmonic.
Wall helped create the Grammy-nominated group Spyro Gyra and has one platinum and two gold records.
“We believe everyone should have a creative outlet,” Lazarus said. “We believe everyone should have that opportunity to do it. We’ve made the decision to really be more part of the community here.”
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