Having served as Musical Director of New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall, Don Pippin is one of Broadway’s most honored conductors. He is the recipient of the Tony Award for Oliver, the Emmy Award for Broadway Sings Jule Styne, the Drama Desk Award for “consistently outstanding musical direction and commitment to the theatre” and a gold record award for the original cast album of A Chorus Line.
Donald Pippin’s distinguished career on Broadway includes La Cage Aux Folles, Cabaret, Mack and Mabel, Seesaw, Applause, Mame, Oliver and A Chorus Line. On television, he was Musical Director for An Evening with Alan Jay Lerner, seen on “Live from Lincoln Center,” as part of PBS’ “Great Performance” series. Mr. Pippin has conducted throughout the United States, England and Israel – including The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Florida Sunshine Pops Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Chattanooga, Detroit, Fort Worth, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, National, Pittsburgh and Saint Louis, as well as the BBC and London Symphony Orchestras, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cardiff Festival Orchestra and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He was also invited by Beverly Sills to be the guest conductor for the New York City Opera’s production of The Music Man. In December, 2003, Mr. Pippin served as music director and conductor of a special Holiday concert with soprano Deborah Voigt and the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Avery Fisher Hall. Highlights of Donald Pippin’s current season include another two, week-long sets of concerts with Florida’s Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1990, Donald Pippin was in London to conduct the 25thAnniversary Gala of Hello Dolly, with Carol Channing, returning in 1991 to conduct the concert galas celebrating the 100th birthday of Cole Porter. This latter program, heard at both New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Prince Edward Theatre, has been released on Teldec records. Another Cole Porter recording, Nymph Errant, conceived and arranged by Mr. Pippin, is available on Angel Records, while Jerry Herman’s Broadway appears on RCA Victor. His latest releases – A Tribute to Kander & Ebb, A Tribute to Jule Styne and A Tribute to Jerry Herman – are available on the BBC label.
In January, 1993, Donald Pippin arranged and conducted Marilyn Horne’s performance at President Bill Clinton’s Inauguration. Later that year, he made prestigious conducting debuts with the famed Boston Pops Orchestra and at a star-studded Hollywood Bowl performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a gala event that continues to be seen nationally on PBS. During the summer and fall of 1993, he supervised the musical preparation for Jules Styne’s The Red Shoes, which opened on Broadway that December. In July, 1994, he conducted Marilyn Horne, Jose Carreras and the National Symphony Orchestra in a gala benefit concert at Wolf Trap Farm Park. In the fall of 1996, he returned to London for a 20th Anniversary presentation of A Chorus Line with the BBC Concert Orchestra and a Royal Albert Hall gala marking the centennial of the lyrics of Ira Gershwin. CBS aired Mrs. Santa Claus, a made-for-television movie starring Angela Lansbury, for which Mr. Pippin was the vocal arranger and musical director, while PBS telecast An Evening with Paul Sorvino, conceived, arranged and conducted by Mr. Pippin. In 1999, he created for Marilyn Horne An Evening of Americana Pop Music, a program that the two artists continue to perform throughout the United States. March, 2003 found him at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Avery Fisher Hall, leading a concert version of Jerry Herman’s Mack and Mable. On Television and Film: Mrs. Santa Claus (1996) Music producer/conductor; Still of the Night (1982) conductor); Snow White Live (1980) musical conductor.