Clark College Orchestra presents Lyric Sweets

October 31, 2016
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Baritone Douglas Webster is featured guest soloist


VANCOUVER, WA. The award winning Clark College Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director/Conductor Donald Appert, will present its fall concert as part of the 2016-2017 season “Lyric Sweets” on Wednesday, November 30th, 7:30 pm, in the Royal Durst Theatre of the Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, 3101 Main St., Vancouver, WA.  Featured on the program is soloist Douglas Webster, star of Broadway’s “Les Miserables” performing Donald Appert’s Sacred Song Cycle for Baritone Voice and Orchestra. The orchestra will also perform pieces by Berlioz, Barber, and Rimsky-Korsakov.  

“We are always amazed and thrilled when we discover that international artists live right here in our own neighborhood,” says Appert of Douglas Webster.  “This will be my second collaboration with Doug singing my Sacred Song Cycle.  His passionate interpretation and strong stage presence create a visceral experience for the players and the audience.”

Admission to the performance free and open to the public. Donations to the Orchestra General Fund will be accepted at the door.

For complete information about all the Clark College Music Department concerts including the orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble, and choirs, please see

About Douglas Webster

Douglas Webster is an International vocal artist performing with symphony orchestras, opera and in solo recital.  As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway, National tour and in regional theater.  He has received the Portland Drammy Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Les Misérables) and the Phoenix Theatre Encore Award for Best Actor (Les Misérables) and Best Supporting Actor (The Light in the Piazza).  He was honored to join the ranks of the Indiana University Singing Hoosier Distinguished Alumni in 2008.  Winner of the Joy In Singing and Concert Artists Guild International Awards, his recordings include erudite chamber music interpretations to high-camp Disney tunes.  His first recording job was singing Prince Charming on the Grammy-nominated A Disney Spectacular with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops for Telarc Records.  His classical recordings for Koch, New World, Eco Classics, Town Hall, Yamaha, and Zephyr cover the gamut from Schumann's Dichterliebe and Ravel's Chansons Madécasses to Paul Schoenfield's Klezmer Rondos and John Philip Sousa'a El Capitan.  His guest soloist appearances include those with The Boston Pops, The National Symphony and others across forty-six of the United States and Europe.

As the Celebrant in Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, he has led over twenty productions, including those at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center; the festivals at Aspen, Cabrillo and Tanglewood; with the symphonies in Dallas, Denver, Portland, Columbus, Eugene; and Internationally in Spain, Lithuania and Latvia.  His twenty-five year affiliation with MASS began while he was a graduate student at Indiana University, performing for the composer’s 70th Birthday Gala at the Tanglewood Festival in 1988.  He and his hand-picked cast are featured in the Kultur Video release of Bernstein’s MASS at The Vatican.  For the 2011-2012 season, he returned to the role of Celebrant in MASS for two productions. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the work, he directed the performances of MASS for George Mason University.   A full bio is available at

About the Clark College Music Department

Clark College offers a two-year college program of music theory/ear training, instrumental and vocal performance training, and ensemble experience. Classes are designed to prepare the music major for advanced studies at a four-year institution while providing the non-major with the skills and background to fully enjoy music as a cultural pursuit. Ensembles on campus include three choral groups, orchestra, concert band, and jazz ensemble. Three tenured and several adjunct faculty, provide professional instruction to the 500+ students that pass through Beacock Music Hall each year.