Embassy Theatre

Caleb Young, conductor 
Capathia Jenkins, vocalist 
Ryan Shaw, vocalist 
Sydney Harper, background vocals 
Rajdulari, background vocals 
Randy Chalmers, background vocals

This concert features Capathia Jenkins and three-time Grammy Award nominee Ryan Shaw performing Aretha Franklin’s greatest hits.

Various (Arr. William Holcombe, Jr.) - Aretha Overture

Don Covey (Arr. Sam Shoup) - Chain of Fools

Burt Bacharach/Hal David - I Say a Little Prayer

DeSylva / Brown / Henderson (Arr. Rhodes; Orch Stevens) - Birth of the Blues

Paul Simon (Arr. Bill Holcombe) - Bridge Over Troubled Water

Sager / Hamlisch (Arr. Nic Raine) - Nobody Does It Better

Traditional (Arr. Matt Podd) - What a Friend We Have in Jesus / Climbing Higher Mountains

Jimmy Webb (arr. Bill Holcombe) - MacArthur Park

Katherine Bates / Sam Ward (Arr. Sam Shoup) - America the Beautiful

Otis Redding (Arr. Roger Holmes) - Respect

Various (Arr. Lee Norris) - Salute to Ray Charles

James Brown (Arr. Kenneth Bernier) - I Got You (I Feel Good)

Irving Gordon (Arr. Bill Holcombe) - Unforgettable

Goffin / King / Wexler (Arr. John Bachalis) - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

Sam Cooke - A Change is Gonna Come

Stevie Wonder (Arr. Bill Holman) - Isn’t She Lovely

Harry Warren (Arr. Riley Hampton) - At Last

Woods / Campbell / Connelly (Arr. Sam Shoup) - Try a Little Tenderness

Traditional (Arr. Matt Podd) - Amazing Grace

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Capathia Jenkins - The Brooklyn-born and raised singer/actor, Capathia Jenkins, most recently released the critically acclaimed CD Phenomenal Woman the Maya Angelou Songs with her collaborator Louis Rosen and they Sold Out the world-famous Birdland Theatre in NYC for 3 nights. She starred as ‘Medda’ in the hit Disney production of Newsies on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson. She then starred in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell, where she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of ‘Turn Back, O Man’which can still be heard on the original cast recording. She returned to Broadway in The Look of Love and was critically acclaimed for her performances of the Bacharach/David hits. Ms. Jenkins then created the roles of ‘The Washing Machine’ in Caroline, Or Change and ‘Frieda May’ in Martin Short Fame Becomes Me where she sang ‘Stop the Show’ and brought the house down every night. In 2007 she went back to Off-Broadway and starred in (mis) Understanding Mammy-The Hattie McDaniel Story for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. She was also seen in Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore.

Ryan Shaw is a three-time GRAMMY® nominated artist for his solo projects, Columbia Records’ This is Ryan Shaw, his In Between and Dynotone’s Real Love. He has shared the world stage with such artists as Van Halen, Bonnie Raitt, John Legend, B.B. King and Jill Scott. His music has been featured on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance and ABC’s Dancing with The Stars, Grey’s Anatomy, and Lincoln Heights, and the films My Blueberry Nights and Bride Wars and the Sex and the City soundtrack. Ryan has been a featured guest on national TV talk shows and has starred as Judas in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Olivier Award-winning London production of Jesus Christ Superstar, as the original Stevie Wonder in Motown: The Musical on Broadway, and on London’s West End as the Soul of Michael Jackson in Thriller Live. Ryan’s new album, Imagining Marvin, showcases Marvin Gaye hits alongside Ryan’s original songs and features multi-GRAMMY Award-winning co-writers and special guests


1  Violetta Todorova
Timothy Tan
2 Alexandra Tsilibes
Pablo Vasquez
3 Kristin Westover
Michael Acosta
4 Tomer Marcus
Joachim Stepniewski
5 Colleen Tan

1 Betsy Gephart
David Ling
2 Marcella Trentacosti
Lauren Tourkow
3 Caleb Mossburg
Emily Thompson
4 Linda Kanzawa
Janet Guy-Klickman

1 Derek Reeves
Debra Welter
2 Bruce Graham
Debra Graham
3 Erin Rafferty
Theodore E. Chemey, III
4 Erin Maughan

1 Elizabeth Lee
David Rezits
2 Martin Meyer
Brian Klickman
3 Martyna Bleke

1 Adrian Mann
Kevin Piekarski
2 Brian Kuhns
Andres Gil
3 John Tonne

Tricia Reeves
Janet Galbraith
Hillary Feibel

Pavel Morunov
John Snyder

Laurie Blanchet
Rebecca Chappell
Gavin Arnold

Dennis Fick
Anne Devine

Renee Vogen
Katie Loesch
Michael Galbraith
Gene Berger

Andrew Lott
Daniel Ross
Akira Murotani
Mark Dulin

Corey Sansolo
David Parrilla
Andrew Hicks
Max Houtris

Chance Trottman-Huiet

Jerry Noble

Kevin Kosnik
Kirk Etheridge
Matt Hawkins

Anne Preucil Lewellen

Jerry Farrington - guitar
Alex Klepach - keyboard
Matthew Beck - alto sax
Evan Gidley – alto sax
James Middleton – tenor sax
Bryan OlSheski – tenor sax
Dave Streeter – bari sax

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