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2023 Summer Schedule
Welcome to the 43rd season of FORUM! Two performances of each show will occur on Monday evenings at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. throughout the season in the Hayes Auditorium. The doors will open 30 minutes before each performance and will run approximately 60+ minutes with no intermission.
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For questions or to purchase season tickets contact: Forum Coordinator Elizabeth Roberts at 828-898-8748
Monday night shows for 2023:
Broadway Baritone: William Michals in Concert with Friends
Starring at Lincoln Center as Emile De Becque in the landmark revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific, Broadway and concert star William Michals made his Broadway debut as “The Beast” in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and later returned to play Gaston in the same production. His career has continued in such roles as Javert in Les Misérables, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music, the title role in Phantom, and most recently appearing in Bright Star on Broadway. He is returning to FORUM by popular demand after appearing in 2018. He will be sharing the stage with Kimilee Bryant, a former Miss South Carolina who also performed as Christine in a Broadway production of Phantom.
Symphony on the Mountains
Returning for the 4th straight time, Symphony of the Mountains has a strong and proud heritage. The orchestra began when a small group of musicians
dreamed of having a civic orchestra in 1946. Through the decades the musical enrichment included classical concerts, entertaining pops and light musical offerings, captivating soloists, and empowering opportunities for young musicians. In the 80’s and 90’s the orchestra grew steadily and increased its outreach. The orchestra has become a fully professional orchestra. Today the orchestra consists of more than 60 professional musicians and is conducted by Cornelia Laemmli Orth.
Forever Simon and Garfunkel
Celebrating the bestselling duo in rock’n’roll history with humor, soaring energy, charm, and laser precise harmonies, Forever Simon & Garfunkel leads the audience on a journey from the group’s early success as a folk act to their global dominance as hit-makers through the best of Paul Simon’s solo career. Iconic songs include The Sounds of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, I Am A Rock, The Boxer, Homeward Bound, Cecilia, Hazy Shade Of Winter, Feeling Groovy, Me & Julio, Kodachrome, Slip Sliding Away, and many more! Award-winning singer-songwriters Sean Altman (Rockapella) and Jack Skuller (Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Buddy Holly Prize) bring this remarkable show to the stage.
Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute
Sail On plays the music of “America’s Band", The Beach Boys. Performing allthe group's classic hits, plus some treasures from The Beach Boys’ brilliant
extended catalog, Sail On faithfully recreates the timeless songs of surfing, cruising, dancing, and dreaming for all ages, and anybody that wants to have Fun, Fun, Fun. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Sail On performs over 100 shows every year enjoying the unique challenge and privilege of bringing one of pop music's greatest legacies to audiences everywhere.
Chris Ruggiero takes his audiences on a journey through the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll, breathing new life into the timeless music of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Chris has been described as an “old soul” at only 22 years old, whose approach to his concert appearances is more in line with that of a bygone era than it is the artists of his generation. Chris says, “I try to make every move and sing every song with a touch of class that reminds the audience of a time when entertainers put their heart and soul into their songs and delivering an exceptional concert was paramount.” Chris has appeared in the PBS MyMusic specials in 2018 production Doo Wop Generations and 2022 production of Doo Wop, Pop & Soul Generations.
How Sweet It Is!
Grammy Award-winning songwriter and recording artist Steve Leslie performs the music of James Taylor in HOW SWEET IT IS!, an authentic and
spellbinding concert event! Steve’s warm baritone and exceptional guitartechnique (not to mention his uncanny resemblance) will have audiences
singing along to such classics as “Carolina In My Mind,” “Shower the People,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Fire and Rain,” “Up On the Roof,” and many more.
Audiences are raving about HOW SWEET IT IS! and the level of genuine craftsmanship Steve Leslie brings to James Taylor’s incredible catalog of
A Band Called Honalee
A BAND CALLED HONALEE is a modern-day folk trio inspired by the music and legacy of Peter, Paul & Mary. Musically accomplished, interactive, and
energetic, their shows allow audiences to experience this timeless music live onstage once again. Satisfying diehard Peter, Paul & Mary lovers as well as
newcomers to this wonderful era of music, the band’s shows feature all of PPM’s beloved hits, including “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Blowing in the Wind,”
and of course “Puff The Magic Dragon.” With virtuosic musicianship, stirring vocal harmonies, and polished showmanship, A BAND CALLED HONALEE also offers favorites from Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchell, The Mamas & The Papas, Joan Baez, The Weavers, Judy Collins, and many others.
Orlando Transit Authority–Honors Chicago
Chicago is a rock-infused, horn-driven musical powerhouse that has inspired generations of professional musicians over the last 40 years. Some of the very best of those musicians found their way to central Florida and came together to form Orlando Transit Authority. OTA is a high-energy Chicago tribute show made up of A-list players who are, first and foremost, Chicago fans. Any time you assemble players of this caliber, a great-sounding band is a given—but that wasn’t enough. OTA went one step further by seeking to emulate every stylistic nuance of the Chicago sound, both vocally and instrumentally. The vocal harmonies are right. The solos are right. The guitar sounds are right. Everything is right! Close your eyes and you just might forget who it is you’re listening to. OTA takes the Chicago tribute to another level by offering a “tribute within a tribute” to the group that was
indirectly responsible for Chicago’s success: Blood, Sweat & Tears. From the soulful vocals to the technical mastery of the horn solos, OTA brings the most popular Blood, Sweat & Tears to life with astonishing accuracy and energy.