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backstage with Sean

I was at Friday night’s “Salute to Rodgers & Hammerstein” concert and was treated to Sean Carter Campbell’s debut with The Phoenix Symphony. It was a fun concert! The audience was humming along and tapping their feet with these wonderful age-defining tunes. I wonder what kind of Pops shows of the future they’ll have for my generation? Radiohead overtures? Or maybe grunge/alternative medleys and DJ concertos? Time will tell.

Sean and co-star Jenn Raithel Newman
Sean with co-star Jenn Raithel Newman.

I met up with Sean at intermission and took some photos of him with his co-star, Jenn Raithel Newman. She looked beautiful in her gown and she is just a sweetheart. Not to mention she has a fantastic voice! I really enjoyed her in “Shall We Dance.”

The Phoenix Children’s Chorus were adorable and the members of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus also did a great job. I loved the Men of the Chorus in “There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame” – hilarious delivery.

Sean gave a wonderful performance. I especially enjoyed “Edelweiss” and “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’.” You could really see how much he was enjoying himself and loves singing these tunes (he was beaming).

I headed backstage at the end of the concert to congratulate Sean. Carol Platt Proudfoot, a soprano in the Chorale was there, also congratulating Sean. While leaving Symphony Hall, she mentioned she overheard a patron say about Sean, “I could listen to him all day. His voice is like velvet.” Word.

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There are still a few tickets available for Sunday’s concert at 2 p.m. at Symphony Hall. More details here: www.phoenixsymphony.org. See more photos from Friday night’s concert here.