John Eric Booth Performs With Huntington Symphony

A pristine June night along the Ohio River provided a perfect backdrop as the Huntington Symphony Orchestra opened its 2017 Picnic with the Pops summer concert series in June at Harris Riverfront Park.

“There’s nothing like singing with an orchestra. It’s just the ultimate.”

J-E-B was clearly enjoying a 50-piece orchestra under the direction of Maestro Kimo Furomoto for the 3 carefully chosen classic songs… “Luck Be A Lady”, “Come Rain Or Come Shine” and the showstopper “New York, NY”, greeting the audience with “Sorry it took me so long to get back here”, citing the fact of his 4 year absense since the last time he performed in Huntington for the pops series. “I have SO looked forward to this!”

Below is a video made possible by fans Dominique Leroux and Ron Hackworth for the song “Come Rain Or Come Shine”. Recorded using 2 smartphones, we later performed some clever editing and final polish… the result, isn’t bad! The arrangement, based on Sinatra’s hit chart, was created  by J-E-B’s arranger Damien Montalto “In record time. The ink was still wet when I arrived at rehearsal.”

Also performing were fellow local singing stars Ryan Hardiman, Laura Donahoe and Christa Navy to add even more flavor to the evening, and all 4 performers also joined together for a few special numbers including “God Bless America” and “It’s A Grand Night For Singing” from the Broadway musical “State Fair”.

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