JESSICA GROVÉ & JODIE DESALVO-POPS! SEASON OPENER
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2020 – 7:00 pm
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2020 – 3:30 pm
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Jessica Grové most recently appeared on Broadway in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC with Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. Her other Broadway credits include: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (Celeste 2), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Miss Dorothy), and LES MISÉRABLES (Eponine).
At age 15, Jessica 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.
Jessica played Polly on the National tour of THE BOY FRIEND (directed by Julie Andrews), recreating the same role Ms. Andrews created in the 1954 Broadway production.
Regionally, Jessica has starred as Eliza Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY (Wilde Award Nomination), Ariel in Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, Belle in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, The Witch in INTO THE WOODS (Wilde Award Nomination), Amalia in SHE LOVES ME (Connecticut Critics Circle Award Nomination), Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Sarah Brown in GUYS AND DOLLS, Lil’ Luz in GIANT (World Premiere), Laurey in OKLAHOMA! (with the film’s Laurey, Shirley Jones, as Aunt Eller), Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA with the Nashville Symphony, Luisa in THE FANTASTICKS, Eva in EVITA, Dorothy in WAS (World Premiere), Anne Frank in YOURS, ANNE (Columbus Dispatch Award, Best Actress of the Season), and Fleur-de-Lys and Esmeralda in NOTRE DAME DE PARIS (U.S. and English Language Premiere in Las Vegas).
Jessica founded The Jessica Grové Fund for the Performing Arts, which financially assists students in her hometown in pursuing their dreams in the arts. She is married to fellow Broadway Actor, Daniel Cooney, who is Head of Musical Theatre at CCPA at Roosevelt University in Chicago and also the Founding Artistic Director of The Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter, Michigan. They are the proud parents of Gavin and Lolly.
Jodie DeSalvo, Concert Artist
Jodie DeSalvo has captured national and international attention with her classical and jazz interpretations of the masters of keyboard literature. Upon winning the Artist International Competition in 1988, Ms. DeSalvo made her Carnegie Hall debut to critical acclaim with an encore performance two years later at Lincoln Center. She has been a top prize winner in the Young Keyboard Artists Competition, the American Music Scholarship Competition and the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition. A graduate of the Hartt and Manhattan Schools of Music, and a former student of John Browning and Gary Graffman, she is also a past recipient of the Artist Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Ms. DeSalvo has toured extensively as piano soloist appearing with the orchestras of Chicago, Geneva, Lucerne, San Francisco, Hartford, and Chautauqua under the batons of noted Maestros Christopher Wilkins, David Effron and Gisele Ben Dor. Having called Fort Wayne her home for nine years, she has appeared with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic numerous times under the direction of Ron Ondrejka and Edvard Tchivzhel as well as serving as principal orchestral pianist. A frequent soloist with the Naples Philharmonic, she has appeared on the classical and pops series with Jorge Mester, Jeff Tyzik, Bruce Hangen., and Stuart Chafetz. A noted chamber player, Ms. DeSalvo has appeared with cellists Sharon and Keith Robinson, violinists Glenn Basham and Jennifer Frautschi, pianist Robert Wells, the Miami String Quartet, the Bergonzi String Quartet and members of the American String Quartet. She has performed at such prestigious festivals as Brevard, Chautauqua, and Birch Creek, where she has served as the piano faculty chair for the last twenty-two seasons. She has performed over 100 times on National Public Radio.
Ms. DeSalvo has become equally proficient as a conductor. Having built choral programs in several private and public schools, she has traveled twice with her high school chorus on an extensive tour of Italy during Easter week. The chorus performed in Venice, and Florence, and Siena, culminating in a performance in Rome on Easter Sunday. She returned to Italy and Greece the following season and also completed a concert tour throughout England and France. Last spring, Ms. DeSalvo performed with the chorus on a ten day tour of Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Italy and the group also returned to Carnegie Hall for a second command performance as part of the National Youth Choir.
Jodie DeSalvo loves to play the piano and loves to have fun, so it is within the last ten years that she has broadened her horizons on the concert stage by giving tribute concerts to the art of Victor Borge, renowned pianist/comedian. She has found great joy in interpreting some of his best loved skits, including Phonetic Punctuation and Inflationary Language, as well as writing some of her own original material. These concert performances are well loved and enjoyed by the older audiences who knew him, and the younger audiences who have grown to love his artistry and humor.
Ms. DeSalvo has recorded and produced 13 CDs of solo literature, chamber, and choral music, including three CD’S with Naples Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Basham. This season, Jodie and Glenn are celebrating their thirtieth year together on the concert stage with two different performances at Artis Naples in January. Ms. DeSalvo has retired from her ten year position as Director of Fine Arts and Artistic Director of concerts at Seacrest Country Day School to concertize more extensively. Ms. DeSalvo’s recital/ lecture series at Artis-Naples is now in its fifteenth year and has sold out for the last eight seasons.