The Story of My Life: Lea Salonga Live from Manila Lea Salonga, BYU Chamber Orchestra & Kory Katseanes
- 1Lea Salonga Overture: Sun and Moon / A Whole New World / I Dreamed a Dream / On My Own / Reflection (Live)04:07
- 2Another Hundred People (From "Company") [Live]03:14
- 3Introduction of Kory Katseanes & the BYU Chamber Orchestra (Live)00:57
- 4Introduction to I Enjoy Being a Girl (Live)01:00
- 5I Enjoy Being a Girl (From "Flower Drum Song") [Live]03:08
- 6Introduction to Reflection (Live)01:10
- 7Reflection (From "Mulan") [Live]03:55
- 8Introduction to Let It Go (Live)00:24
- 9Let It Go (From "Frozen") [Live]03:52
- 10Introduction to Story of My Life (Live)01:08
- 11Story of My Life (Live)04:21
- 12Introduction to I'd Give My Life for You (Live)02:20
- 13I'd Give My Life for You (From "Miss Saigon") [Live]04:43
- 14Too Much for One Heart (From "Miss Saigon") [Live]03:27
- 15Introduction to Legrand-Bergman Medley (Live)00:26
- 16Legrand-Bergman Medley: What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? / The Windmills of Your Mind / A Piece of Sky (Live)09:26
- 17Something's Coming (From "West Side Story") [Live]02:59
- 18Introduction to Burn (Live)01:46
- 19Burn (From "Hamilton") [Live]04:22
- 20Send in the Clowns (From "A Little Night Music") [Live]05:18
- 21Introduction to I Dreamed a Dream & On My Own (Live)02:36
- 22I Dreamed a Dream (From "Les misérables") [Live]05:12
- 23On My Own (From "Les misérables") [Live]04:50
- 24Recognition of Kory Katseanes, the BYU Chamber Orchestra & Cesar Aguas (Live)01:55
- 25Introduction to Defying Gravity (Live)01:00
- 26Defying Gravity (From "Wicked") [Live]04:18
- 27Introduction to True Colors (Live)00:50
- 28True Colors (Live)05:01
- 29Introduction to ABBA Medley (Live)00:30
- 30ABBA Medley: Mamma Mia / Take a Chance on Me / Dancing Queen (Live)05:40
- 31Final Applause01:08
Info for The Story of My Life: Lea Salonga Live from Manila
'The Story of My Life' features Lea Salonga and the BYU Chamber Orchestra performing some of Lea’s favorite Broadway, Disney, and pop songs, including many arranged and orchestrated by her brother, Gerard Salonga. This album was recorded on May 30, 2017, on the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo stage in front of a live audience. This stage is incredibly special to Lea, as it is where, at age 7, she made her performance debut as a member of the company of The King and I and, at age 18, she first sang the song “I’d Give My Life for You” in public, just prior to leaving for London in 1989 to take on the role of Kim in the West End production of 'Miss Saigon'. Of this performance with the BYU Chamber Orchestra, Lea writes: "This collaboration with the BYU Chamber Orchestra was a special one. I vividly remember stepping onto the stage for our first sound check surrounded by young, eager musicians with their instruments at the ready. And then they played. The sound they produced was magnificent, but it was more than that. You could hear their enthusiasm and excitement in the notes, but, more importantly, you could feel the heart and soul they had poured into the program. Being able to perform in Manila with these talented musicians was such a treat, and I’m grateful that my hometown audience got to experience their superb musicianship. I hope this won’t be the last opportunity we’ll have to perform together."As you listen to this concert recording, which features songs handpicked by Lea as well as stories from her life, you will get to know this world-renowned singer and actress in an intimate and personal way. So sit back and enjoy the concert as if you were there and part of Lea’s hometown crowd in Manila, and see if you don’t find yourself chanting along with the audience—“Lea, Lea, Lea,” and “BYU, BYU, BYU”—by the end of the album.
Lea Salonga, vocals
BYU Chamber Orchestra
Kory Katseanes, conductor
Known across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch, Lea Salonga is a singer and actress who is best known for her Tony Award winning role in Miss Saigon. In addition to the Tony, she has won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, in the field of musical theatre. She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway and returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival.
Most recently, Lea starred in the 2018 Broadway revival of Once on This Island as the Goddess of Love, Erzulie. The show’s return to the Broadway stage earned a Tony Award for “Best Revival of a Musical” and also garnered Lea and the cast a Grammy nomination for “Best Musical Theater Album.”
Lea is a judge on the Philippines hit version of “The Voice.” Mitoy Yonting, a member of Team Lea, was named the first season winner.
In Spring 2017, Lea released her electrifying live album “Blurred Lines.” The album was recorded during her sold-out run at Feinstein’s / 54Below in 2016. The six date showcase was received with overwhelming accolades from fans and critics alike. So well received in fact that Lea returned to the famed venue for a record-setting 15-show encore performance that wrapped up her latest North American tour in the late spring (2017).
She began 2015 with a sold-out concert at New York’s Town Hall titled “Kaleidoscope” as well as performed on tour in the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.
In the fall of 2015 Lea began her celebrated run as Kei Kimura in the Broadway production of Allegiance. The musical, inspired and developed by legendary actor George Takei, tells the story of a Japanese American family forced into an internment camp during World War II. Lea garnered a Craig Noel nomination for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical for her performance in the Old Globe production of Allegiance, and can be heard on the show’s original cast album.
Following this, Lea made a guest appearance on the acclaimed CW television show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Later that year, she performed a critically celebrated cabaret run at Feinstein’s/54 Below and performed in concert with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra as well as at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops in a new version of Boublil and Schönberg’s “Do You Hear the People Sing.” ...
The BYU Chamber Orchestra
is the most select of the five orchestras in the BYU School of Music. Comprised of 47 of the top musicians from the BYU Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra is the touring orchestra that represents BYU throughout the U.S. and internationally, making it, perhaps, the most widely traveled university orchestra in the world. In addition to its local concert schedule, past tours have taken the orchestra to Austria, China, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales, and Ukraine.
Conducted by Professor Kory Katseanes, Chamber Orchestra programs feature the great classical repertoire written for small orchestra from across all musical periods. From Bach and Handel, Mozart and Haydn, and on through Dvorak and Tchaikovsky and including composers of the twentieth century such as Bartok, Stravinsky, and Copland, the vast variety of music the orchestra performs is a showcase for the refinement and energy especially suited to this compact ensemble. In May 2017, the Chamber Orchestra will tour the Philippines and, while there, perform with Broadway superstar Lea Salonga.
is a former Director of the School of Music. He came to BYU in 1999 as Director of Orchestras. As Director of Orchestras, he oversees the orchestral program that accommodates nearly 400 students enrolled in the five University orchestras, and directs the graduate orchestral conducting program. He conducts the BYU Philharmonic and the BYU Chamber Orchestra in their campus concerts, throughout Utah, and on their regular tours throughout the world.
Professor Katseanes is a native of Blackfoot, Idaho and moved to Salt Lake City in 1974 to continue his education. He joined the Utah Symphony in 1975 as a violinist and served as Assistant Conductor from 1987 to 2002. He regularly conducted the Symphony on the Entertainment, Youth, and Family Series at Deer Valley, Snowbird, and Abravanel Hall, and at numerous venues locally, throughout Utah, and in the surrounding Western States. During his fifteen years as the assistant conductor, he played a significant role in the education programs of the Utah Symphony, programming and conducting concerts which the orchestra performed in Utah’s schools.
He has worked with such artists as The King’s Singers, the Chieftains, Kathy Mattea, Nanci Griffiths, Judy Collins, Art Garfunkel, Michael Martin Murphy, Riders in the Sky, and The Manhattan Rhythm Kings, among others. His work with dance companies includes Rudolph Nureyev and Friends, Repertory Dance Theater and the Twin Cities Ballet, and he was the founder and Music Director of The Utah Virtuosi, a professional chamber orchestra in Salt Lake City.
Recent guest conductor appearances include the Utah Symphony, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, community orchestras throughout the West, and all-state orchestras in Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Utah, and Wyoming. In 2008, he received the Utah ASTA award for Music Educator of the Year.
Professor Katseanes received master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Utah and an associate degree from Ricks College. Conducting studies were with renowned conductor Josef Rosenstock. Violin teachers included Oscar Chausow, Lamar Barrus, Kathryn Katseanes, Zvi Zeitlin, and Elaine Richey. Prior to BYU, he was on the faculties of Illinois Wesleyan University and Ricks College.