Conservatory grad returns to city with Tony Award and new CD
Hometown Hero and Tony Award Winner to Perform
in Colorado Springs and Launch CD
Conservatory Alumni Concert and CD Launch Party
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Mining Exchange – A Wyndham Grand Hotel (Grand Ballroom)
Tickets at www.coloradospringsconservatory.org
Colorado Springs, CO (December 6, 2012)…Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Tony award-winning actor Josh Franklin is back in town for the holidays to celebrate his roots, perform for his community and preview his debut CD of original music.
Franklin, a graduate of Doherty High School, was one of the first students to attend The Colorado Springs Conservatory 18 years ago. “I cleaned the toilets at the school to pay for voice lessons,” Franklin recollects. Franklin credits The Conservatory for his subsequent education at Webster Conservatory and illustrious Broadway career.
He has been seen in such Broadway productions as Ghost, Anything Goes, Jersey Boys, Grease and Legally Blonde. T.V. appearances include the shows Gossip Girl, A Capitol Fourth (with Barry Manilow and Aretha Franklin), and the Tony Awards (2007/2011).
In celebration of his homecoming, The Conservatory will present Home for the Holidays, a special musical event, on Wednesday, December 19 in the Grand Ballroom of The Mining Exchange Hotel beginning at 7 PM. The evening, presented in a casual living-room setting, includes:
A concert featuring Josh Franklin and fellow Conservatory alumni David Seigel (El Pomar Fellow) and CC Wells (Webster University student) and other special guests;
CD launch party during which Franklin will discuss the genesis of the project and preview cuts from his CD Last Resort (working title), scheduled for release in February 2013.
The event is open to the public and tickets are available at www.csconservatory.org.
About the CD
Last Resort is the working title of the debut CD by Tony award-winning actor and Colorado Springs native, Josh Franklin. The CD was recorded at Wondersound Studios in NYC which is owned by Grammy winner Peter Wade. Wade is also the album’s executive producer. All lyrics and music on Last Resort were written by Franklin which he calls an eclectic mix ranging from pop to jazz.
Follow Josh on twitter @janklinfosh or his website www.joshfrankin.net.
The Colorado Springs Conservatory is the only performing arts conservatory in the Pikes Peak Region. Founding Executive Director Linda Weise (Oberlin Conservatory and Julliard grad) opened The Conservatory in 1994. She has since assembled a faculty of 46 exceptional instructors with distinguished educational and professional pedigrees, as well as guest instructors, themselves performing artists from across the nation.
CSC annually serves over 750 students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and skill levels. After school and partner programs, master classes, collaborations, and intensive workshops attract students from a hundred mile radius.
CSC has national and international accreditation from prestigious organizations including Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program Founding School, National Guild for Community Arts Education, Arts Schools Network and El Pomar Foundation Award for Excellence in Arts & Humanities for the State of Colorado.
In addition to enriching the lives of CSC students, The Conservatory offers inspired programming to thousands within our community and beyond through music appreciation workshops, Jazz Nites, adult piano classes and performances for the general public.