The Encompass New Opera Theatre honored esteemed BMI composer Maury Yeston at its 2009 Jazz Gala, held Sunday, October 4 in New York. Yeston is the musical force behind the Tony Award-winning Nine and Titanic, both of which garnered Best Musical and Best Score honors, as well as the Tony-nominated Grand Hotel. The director of the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop for two decades, Yeston is also a bold and generous mentor.
Presenting Yeston a lifetime achievement award, Encompass celebrated his career contributions with performances of his work by special guests including Tommy Tune, Karen Akers and Yeston himself.
About the Encompass New Opera Theatre
Encompass New Opera Theatre is dedicated to creating, developing and producing imaginative productions of new music theatre and contemporary opera. Striving to discover and nurture emerging artists, premiere groundbreaking new productions, and revive important 20th century operas by outstanding American and international composers, Encompass has produced over 50 fully-mounted operas with orchestra and staged readings of more than 150 new works, from jazz and cabaret to musicals and opera.