Naples Community Orchestra (NCO), under the direction of internationally renowned conductor and violinist Max Rabinovitsj, presents the return of renowned Broadway singer Jessica Grové, teaming up with Naples’ own star concert pianist Jodie DeSalvo in “Pops & Time-Honored Melodies”, a program happening Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, January 18th, 2020 at 3:30 PM. Among the program highlights will be Broadway selections from The King and I, Chicago, Carousel and Funny Girl. Tickets are $30 and season subscriptions can still be purchased for $100. All tickets may be purchased by visiting the NCO website.
New this season: All NCO concerts will be held at Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive in Naples, and original works by NCO Artist in Residence Ann Kete will be onsite and available for purchase via auction.
At age 15, Jessica Grové originated the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, as well as on the National Tour, performing alongside legends Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt. She received a Jefferson Award nomination for her portrayal and can be heard on the 1998 Grammy-nominated cast recording. Her extensive resume also includes portraying Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Maria in The Sound of Music, Laurey in Oklahoma, and Eva in Evita. Ms. Grové most recently appeared on Broadway in A Little Night Music, with Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch.
Pianist Jodie DeSalvo has made the concert stage her home. A graduate of the Hartt and Manhattan Schools of Music, Ms. DeSalvo has toured nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and concerto soloist. She has appeared in such prestigious festivals as Chautauqua, Brevard, Taos, Birch Creek and has performed with the Miami String Quartet, the Geneva Symphony Orchestra, Sharon Robinson cellist, and Jennifer Frautschi, violinist. Currently, Jodie lives here in Naples. She has recorded 12 CD’S and has plans for a new CD with long time partner Glenn Basham, concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic.