Broadway veterans Kelli O'Hara -- currently starring on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It -- and Ron Raines -- who is about to begin performances in Broadway's Newsies -- will be featured on the new CD, Celebrating the American Spirit, due out on October 23.
The disc is performed by Essential Voices USA and conducted by Judith Clurman. The centerpiece is Sing Out, Mr. President, a song cycle of sixteen newly commissioned compositions set to quotations by American presidents from Washington to Obama that showcases American composers Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, Robert Beaser, Jason Robert Brown, Thomas Cabaniss, Jake Heggie, Larry Hochman, Michael Gilbertson, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, Andrew Lippa, David Ludwig, Paul Moravec, Nico Muhly, Georgia Stitt, Zachary Wadsworth, and Jesse Wiener.
The CD also features new and newly arranged works by composers and writers such as Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Sheldon Harnick, Jennifer Higdon, Larry Hochman, Laurie Hochman, David Ludwig, Stephen Paulus, Marc Shaiman, and John Philip Sousa.
Pre-orders for the disc are now being taken at www.sonoluminus.com.