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June 27, 2020 | 8:00 PM | Michigan Theater

Behind the Music

Join your Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in celebrating Broadway’s most beloved and celebrated show tunes. This program will feature guest conductor Yaniv Segal alongside guest soloists from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Michigan Theater will come alive with the sounds of Broadway’s most cherished tunes ranging from Showboat to Beauty and the Beast. Be sure to catch this exciting performance! 


Act I (35 Mins.)

STYNE Everything’s Coming Up Roses

KERN Old Man River

RODGERS & HART Johnny One Note

Arr. HOLCOMBE  42nd Street

Arr. HOLCOMBE  Selections from Cabaret

PORTER  Cole Porter Medley


ACT II (38 Mins.)

BERNSTEIN West Side Story Overture

Arr. HOLCOMBE  Lullaby of Broadway

SCHÖNBERG  I Dreamed a Dream

RODGERS Selections from The Sound of Music

MENKEN  Beauty and the Beast

WEBBER  Think of Me

Arr. FRY Mamma Mia Medley

Samantha Buyers, guest soloist

Aaron Robinson, guest soloist 

Alan Williams, guest soloist

Samantha Rose Williams, guest soloist

Yaniv Segal, guest conductor

Samantha Buyers, Guest Soloist


Samantha Buyers is a junior Vocal Performance major at the University of Michigan. This is Samantha’s debut with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. She was most recently seen as Dory in Merrily We Roll Along (Runyonland Productions) and Fräulein Schneider in Cabaret (MUSKET). Samantha is thrilled to be singing with the A2SO, and wants to thank her friends and family for being her lifeline.

Aaron Robinson, Guest Soloist


Aaron Robinson is a senior Musical Theatre major at the University of Michigan. This will be Aaron’s first performance with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and he is very excited to be a part of the show! Born and raised in Springfield, KY, Aaron has had a wonderful time performing and learning here in Ann Arbor, and can’t think of a better way to spend his final semester here than singing with the Symphony. You may have seen Aaron performing as Pirelli in SWEENEY TODD (UMich MT Department), as The Minister in A NEW BRAIN (UMich MT Department), or as Herr Schultz in CABARET (MUSKET). Heaps of love and gratitude go to his family, friends and educators.

Samantha Williams, Guest Soloist


Samantha Rose Williams, 24, is a classically trained crossover artist who is committed to storytelling in various genres, particularly opera, musical theater, theater, and song. She is obsessed with art that inspires change and with sharing marginalized experiences with diverse audiences.

Raised in Alexandria, VA, Samantha is a master’s student at the University of Michigan, where she studies with Dr. Louise Toppin. Samantha graduated from Stanford University and was a recent fellow at the Music Academy of the West where she was part of the west coast premiere of the opera Cold Mountain. Favorite credits include The Old Lady in Bernstein’s Candide, Eliza Doolittle in Loewe’s My Fair Lady, Sarah in McNally and Flaherty’s Ragtime, Mrs. Lovett in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, and Mère Jeanne in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. She wishes to thank God, her family, and friends for all of their support.

Alan Williams, Guest Soloist


Alan Williams is currently pursuing a MM in Voice Performance at University of Michigan. He is an alum of Northern Arizona University.  As an undergrad, he was a finalist two consecutive years in his district’s Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions. In Michigan, He was a National finalist in the 100th annual 2019 Marian Anderson National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. Competition. His involvement within the University of Michigan’s opera productions include the roles of Colline from Puccini’s La Bohème and Melisso from Händel’s Alcina. Aside from opera, Mr. Williams enjoys arranging, singing musical theater, and jazz. He is the Co-Founder and Director of BlueNote, the first vocal jazz ensemble at the University of Michigan. 

YANIV SEGAL, Guest Conductor


A compelling and versatile musician spotlighted in Esquire Magazine as a rising star that is “redefining classical music,” Yaniv Segal has appeared on stages around the world as an actor, singer, violinist, violist, and conductor. As an assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony, he leads the orchestra in several community, education and family concerts annually. Between 2014-17, Yaniv was Assistant Conductor of the Naples Philharmonic and directed the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He led the Naples Philharmonic in nearly twenty different programs per year including a concert with legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman that the Naples Daily News called “off the charts,” and that the performance of The Pines of Rome was “one of the most exciting ever heard.”

In 2005, Yaniv co-created the Chelsea Symphony to provide performance and professional development opportunities for young instrumentalists, composers, and conductors. The Chelsea Symphony has performed dozens of world premieres alongside standard repertoire in the Metropolitan New York area, and can be frequently seen on the Amazon Prime series Mozart in the Jungle.

Already fully at ease on stage from a young age, Yaniv sang as a boy soprano at the Metropolitan Opera, both as soloist and in the children’s choir, under conductors such as James Levine, Valery Gergiev, and Georg Solti. Yaniv later spent a year on the First National Tour of The Secret Garden as “Colin,” alongside multiple award-winner Audra McDonald, and then played Stockard Channing’s son “Joe” in Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater. While still in high school, Yaniv was twice a violin soloist with the Yonkers Philharmonic and regularly performed chamber music with members of the New York Philharmonic. As a collaborator, he has accompanied artists such as Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Mark Peskanov, and Francesco Libetti in venues from Avery Fisher Hall to Brooklyn’s intimate Bargemusic.

Invited by Lorin Maazel to the inaugural Castleton Festival, Yaniv has also studied with Kurt Masur, and participated in masterclasses with Michael Tilson Thomas and Gustav Meier. He was selected as one of 18 participants (out of over 350 applicants) in the 2018 Evgeny Svetlanov Competition in Paris. In 2013, Yaniv completed graduate studies at the University of Michigan with renowned conducting pedagogue Kenneth Kiesler and MacArthur Award winning composer Bright Sheng. The son of a Polish violinist and an Israeli violin-maker, Yaniv grew up in New York speaking three languages in a multi-cultural household. In support of his education, achievements, and contributions to American Society he was a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans in 2009.

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