Anne Harrigan, conductor
Clinton Curtis, vocalist
Lakisha Jones, vocalist
Colin McAdoo, vocalist
Chris Smith, vocalist
Susan Sommerfeld, vocalist
Travel back in time with Sixties Revolution, as American Idol finalist, Lakisha Jones, and friends rock the Alberta Bair Theater. The Symphony will rock the theater with selections from the Beach Boys and the Beatles to Janis Joplin and the Rolling Stones.
Dig out your BELL BOTTOMS & PLATFORM shoes! The best sixties outfit wins 2 tickets to our New Year’s Eve celebration: 50s Dance Party!
Clinton Curtis is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator and passionate student of American musical heritage and history. He was raised between the islands of Key West and Jamaica and formed “The Remaining Ten” at age twelve: a ten-piece rhythm and blues band comprised of Key West students and local gigging pros. In 2002, he moved to New York City to study at New York University, focusing on musical performance and American Musicology. He made his Carnegie Hall choral debut in 2008, with the San Francisco Symphony and has since appeared with a list of New York-based groups.
Best known to millions of TV viewers as a top four finalist during the 2007 season of American Idol, LaKisha Jones is ready to reclaim center stage in music, theatre and television. Her last album, So Glad I’m Me was full of her expressive, full-bodied and arresting vocals, the same voice that electrified American Idol viewers. She segued from American Idol to the Broadway stage for The Color Purple where she played the character Sophia. She alternated in that role with R&B icon Chaka Khan, who became her mentor. Jones participated in Khan’s 35th Anniversary Tour. Following her Broadway stint, Jones provided vocal coaching on MTV’s reality competition Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods, a show designed to find and hone Broadway’s next star. A Flint Michigan native and a Houston resident, Lakisha is a frequent soloist with symphonies around the world.
Colin McAdoo is grateful to be back on stage with The Billings Symphony. Before the age of sixteen, Colin sang all over the world from Carnegie Hall to The Sydney Opera House with The Philadelphia Boys Choir and Choral. He went on to attend New York University’s TISCH School Of The Arts where he received a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, studying voice under Doug Labrecque. Now a New York City-based actor, Colin’s Off-Broadway credits include: Pre-Broadway run of Soul Doctor at New York Theatre Work Shop, The Great Unknown at the Theatre Of Saint Clemons, and We The People: America Rocks at the Lucille Lortell Theatre as George Washington. Other Credits include: Woody in Disney’s Toy Story the Musical (The Disney Wonder of Disney Cruise lines), Link Larkin in Hairspray, Benny in the Regional premier of Rent, and featured vocalist in Hart to Hart. Colin has appeared with numerous other symphonies and has a one man show called The American Revolution in 45 Minutes.
Chris Smith is a local singer/songwriter who has lived in Billings for 17 years. Smith released his latest album (under CR Smith), The Waiting, which features the song, This Way Home. Home was recently chosen as the theme song for the national promotional campaign for HGTV’s hit show House Hunters International. His latest musical endeavor was playing the role of Marius for 22 performances in Billings Studio Theater’s production of Les Miserables this September. Smith currently serves as Music/Creative Director at Faith Chapel.
Susan has been active in the Billings theatre and music community for many years as an actor, performer, director, and choreographer. Most recently she was seen as Frau Blucher in Venture Theatre’s production of Young Frankenstein, the Musical at the Nova Performing Arts Center. She also recently co-directed Les Miserable at Billings Studio Theatre. She is a member of the “Dancing on the Edge” collaboration with Darin Niebuhr and Krista Marshal, which presents a concert performance that combines classical piano and movement. Susan teaches acting at Rocky Mountain College and at the Nova Performing Arts Center. She has been a guest artist with the Billings Symphony on several occasions. Susan is also an art glass artist who spends a lot of time at her studio, Kennedy’s Stained Glass, in downtown Billings.