ROB FISHER, Conductor
Rob Fisher is an internationally distinguished artistic director, conductor and pianist. As music director and conductor of the Tony-honored Encores! series at New York City Center from its inception in 1994, he was bestowed the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Special Achievement in 1997 for his work on the series. Throughout Encores! Fisher made numerous recordings for which he served as conductor and associate producer, including the Grammy-winning Chicago cast recording and the recently released Wonderful Town. As a guest conductor he has led major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Atlanta, Virginia, Colorado, Baltimore and National symphonies; the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras; and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Fisher was artistic advisor for Carnegie Hall’s Gershwin Centennial Celebration and music director for the New York premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night in 2000. For four seasons he was music director for Garrison Keillor’s American Radio Company and, with the Coffee Club Orchestra from the radio show, recorded Shaking the Blues Away, a collection of Depression-era popular music. In 2008 he served as producer and music director of a highly acclaimed program celebrating the music of Leonard Bernstein for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series; served as music director for the Encores! presentation of No, No, Nanette; and conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a July 4th spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl celebrating Independence Day and the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles Dodgers. As a pianist Fisher has performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Concerto in F numerous times for live television and with orchestras across the country. Tonight marks Rob Fisher’s Ravinia Festival debut.
DAVID HYDE PIERCE, Vocalist
David Hyde Pierce is best known to millions of television viewers as Dr. Niles Crane on the still-popular syndicated reruns of the NBC sitcom Frasier, a role that earned him three Emmy Awards, six American Comedy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a TV Guide Award, two Television Critics Association Awards and five “Q” Awards from Viewers for Quality Television, in addition to five Golden Globe nominations and two Golden Satellite Award nominations. Born in Saratoga Springs, NY, Pierce graduated from Yale University with a double major in English and theater arts. Film credits include Little Man Tate, Sleepless in Seattle, Addams Family Values, Nixon, Happy Birthday, Laud Weiner, Full Frontal, Down with Love, Wolf, Crossing Delancey, Treasure Planet, A Bug’s Life and Osmosis Jones. Aside from Frasier, he has appeared as a guest on such TV shows as The Powers That Be, Spenser: For Hire, Dream On, Crime Story, Saturday Night Live, Caroline in the City, The Outer Limits, Titus, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn and The Simpsons. On Broadway Pierce has appeared in Accent on Youth, Curtains (Tony Award), Spamalot, The Heidi Chronicles and Beyond Therapy, and Off-Broadway credits include Elliot Loves, Zero Positive, That’s It, Folks!, The Maderati, The Author’s Voice, Summer, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Cherry Orchard, It’s Only a Play, The Boys from Syracuse, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks and The Guys. In 2003 he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in Colin Davis’s concert arrangement of Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, in which he acted the role of Bénédict. Tonight marks David Hyde Pierce’s second appearance at Ravinia, where he debuted in a 2003 workshop production of Scott Frankel and Michael Korie’s Doll.
VICTORIA CLARK, Vocalist
Victoria Clark received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards, as well as a Drama League honor, for her portrayal of Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. She also garnered enthusiastic reviews for her performance of the role at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in 2004, earning a Joseph Jefferson Award. The actress and director began her love affair with the theater as a child growing up in Dallas, starting singing and piano lessons at age 6. Following graduation from The Hockaday School in Dallas, she studied opera and early music at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria and continued her studies at Yale University. Bitten by the directing bug, Clark applied for New York University’s master’s program as a stage director. During her first year there, she started receiving directing offers from such opera companies as the Texas Opera Theater and Philadelphia Opera. She left to pursue these opportunities, but found herself on the acting path again in 1985 when she made her Broadway debut in Sunday in the Park with George. Other Broadway credits include creating the role of Alice Beane in Titanic, appearing as Smitty in the 1995 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and starring in Jerry Zaks’s Tony Award-winning revival of Guys and Dolls. Film credits include The Cradle Will Rock, The Happening, Aladdin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Anastasia, Beauty and the Beast, Christmas Belle and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, and television appearances include Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU and the PBS special Sweeney Todd in Concert. Tonight Victoria Clark makes her Ravinia Festival debut.