Film & Television Stars Give Extraordinary
Performances on Rhino Records' "Unexpected
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/27/06
-- Who wouldn't want Hollywood's biggest
stars to sing them to sleep? Some of the
most surprising voices in Hollywood,
accompanied by musicians of the Los Angeles
Philharmonic, lend their talents to a new
album, "Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the
Stars," to be released by Rhino Records on
March 28. It's the perfect soundtrack for
quiet evenings at home, with your
children...or without them.
The CD features 14 spellbinding tunes by
composers including Elton John, Billy Joel,
Sade, Bob Dylan and Lennon/McCartney,
beautifully sung and lushly orchestrated. A
portion of the proceeds will benefit "Music
Matters," the Los Angeles Philharmonic's
music education programs. The album was
jointly conceived and produced by Wayne
Baruch, Charles F. Gayton and Eric Vetro.
"Unexpected Dreams" includes the following
Scarlett Johansson -- "Summertime"
(George & Ira Gershwin)
Ewan McGregor -- "The Sweetest Gift"
Taraji P. Henson -- "In My Daughter's
Eyes" (James T. Slater) Jennifer Garner
-- "My Heart Is So Full of You" (Frank
Jeremy Irons -- "To Make You Feel My
Love" (Bob Dylan)
John Stamos -- "Goodnight My Angel"
Lucy Lawless -- "Little Child" (Eric
Marissa Jaret Winokur -- "The Wish Song"
(Eric Vetro/Steven Shore)
Eric McCormack -- "The Greatest
Discovery" (Elton John/Bernie Taupin)
Victor Garber -- "No One Is Alone"
(Stephen Sondheim) --
Julia Louis-Dreyfus -- "The Nightshift"
(Brad Hall) --
Nia Vardalos -- "Golden Slumbers" (John
John C. Reilly -- "Lullaby In Ragtime"
(Sylvia Fine) --
Teri Hatcher -- "Goodnight" (John
Vetro, among the entertainment industry's
most prominent voice teachers and vocal
coaches, conceived the project from his own
"dream" -- to produce an album of night
music, lullabies and ballads performed by
major film and television stars, in order to
share a different side of their talents.
Baruch and Gayton, creators and producers of
prestigious musical, theatrical, and
television events, developed the album
concept with Vetro to include a variety of
accompanying musical ensembles drawn from
the brilliant musicians of the Los Angeles
Philharmonic. The three producers worked
with the singers to help them select the
songs and create individual styles,
personally supervise arrangements,
orchestrations and recording sessions.
Wayne Baruch and Charles F. Gayton executive
produced, wrote and staged the Gala Opening
Celebration of the Los Angeles
Philharmonic's new home, Walt Disney Concert
Hall, featuring Music Director Esa Pekka
Salonen and soloists ranging from Yo Yo Ma
to Audra MacDonald and presenters such as
Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. They
also created and produced the accompanying
Emmy-nominated "PBS Great Performances"
television special. Baruch and Gayton also
created, and annually produce the "Hollywood
Bowl Hall of Fame Opening Concert." The
first six annual concerts have inducted more
than 20 world renowned artists into the
Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, ranging from
John Williams to Joshua Bell to Stevie
Wonder to Garth Brooks, raising millions of
dollars for children's music education
programs in the process. Other
musical/television events include "The Three
Tenors," "Superbowl Saturday Night," and
their annual Independence Day celebration
broadcast to America's troops worldwide --
"Stadium of Fire."
Eric Vetro is a voice teacher, pianist,
songwriter and musical director who has
worked with Broadway stars such as Tony
Award winners Hugh Jackman ("The Boy From
Oz") and Marissa Jaret Winokur ("Hairspray")
as well as rock stars such as John Rzeznik
of THE GOO GOO DOLLS, Rivers Cuomo of WEEZER
and Ryan Cabrera. He also coached John C.
Reilly (Oscar nominee for the musical
feature film "Chicago"), Billy Crystal
(opening medley for the "2004 Academy
Awards"), Jeremy Irons ("Camelot" at the
Hollywood Bowl), Kevin Spacey (feature film
"Beyond the Sea"), Shirley Jones ("42nd
Street" on Broadway), Alfred Molina
("Fiddler on the Roof" on Broadway), Kathy
Bates and Victor Garber (ABC's remake of
"Annie") and Ewan McGregor ("Guys and Dolls"
"Music Matters" (http://www.laphil.org/support/music_matters.cfm)
is a program of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
that reaches more than 120,000 children,
educators and adults each year. Its
innovative initiatives include the School
Partners Program, Music for Educators,
Toyota Symphonies for Youth, SummerSounds at
the Hollywood Bowl, Master Classes and Kent
Kresa Symphonies for Schools.