MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (April 23, 2014) — J. Mark McVey, cast in the iconic role of Jean Valjean for more than 3,000 performances of Broadway’s “Les Miserables,” will offer a mini-master class and informational session at Milligan College on Friday, April 25, from 1:30-3 p.m.
The session will be held in the Walker Auditorium of Seeger Memorial Chapel (Lower Seeger). It is free and open to the public.
McVey made his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” after having won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor while on tour. He was also the first American to perform the role in London’s West End.
In 2008, McVey reprised the role with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to sold out crowds at the Hollywood Bowl and again in May 2011, in the 25th Anniversary Tour of “Les Miserables.”
He made his Carnegie Hall debut with Marvin Hamlisch and continues to perform with numerous symphonies around the country and the world. McVey made his PBS debut with the Boston Pops and followed that performance with the PBS Christmas Special for the U.S. Military, where he was featured with Marvin Hamlisch and The National Symphony Orchestra.
He has appeared in numerous PBS specials, national tours and Broadway productions. In addition, he earned a gold record for his participation on the Trans-Siberian Orchestra recording of “The Lost Christmas Eve.”
During his session at Milligan, McVey will talk about the business, host a question and answer session and finally critique the students who want to perform for him.
“We have several students prepared to sing for him, and we are all looking forward to learning from this consummate artist,” said Dr. Charlotte Anderson, assistant professor of the practice of music at Milligan.
Later on Friday he will give two concerts at First Christian Church of Johnson City, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. These performances are being offered as a gift to the community, with tickets available for a suggested donation, and all proceeds going to benefit the Trinity Arts Foundation and WCQR Radio. Tickets are available at the church office, LifeWay Christian Bookstore, Trinity Arts Center, or online at fccconcert.com.
For more information about the mini-master class at Milligan, contact Dr. Charlotte Anderson in the Milligan music area at 423.963.3703. To learn more about Milligan arts events, visit www.milligan.edu/arts.