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BEN JONES

 

MEDIA

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L’enfant et les sortilèges

with Isabel Leonard and the san francisco symphony

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Bio

 

Hailed as "First-rate" by the San Francisco Chronicle and "Show-stopping" by San Francisco Classical Voice, Ben Jones has appeared as soloist on the stages of the Wiener Musikverein, the Royal Concertgebouw, the State Opera of Prague, the Rudolfinum, the Mariinsky, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Shanghai Concert Hall.

In the theatre Mr. Jones has shown a vast range, appearing in L’Enfant et Les Sortilèges with the San Francisco Symphony (La Théière, Le Petit Vieillard, La Rainette), Boris Godunov with the San Francisco Symphony (Missail), Candide with the San Francisco Symphony (Governor, Vanderdendur), Guys and Dolls (Sky), Follies (Buddy), Show Boat (Ravenal), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), Cats (Munkustrap/Quaxo), Sweeney Todd (Tobias), The Last Five Years (Jamie) and Chicago (Mary Sunshine). He is proud to have spent a year skewering pop culture figures such as Michael Jackson, George W. Bush, John Travolta, Bill Clinton and Michael Phelps in the San Francisco revue Beach Blanket Babylon.

Mr. Jones has also appeared with great American symphony orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Columbus Symphony and the Oakland East Bay Symphony, sharing the spotlight with the likes of Michael Tilson Thomas, Frederica von Stade, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, Rita Moreno, Helmuth Rilling, Michael Morgan, Val Diamond and the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

His versatile voice has been featured on recordings on the Albany, Naxos and Delos labels, on "A Prairie Home Companion,” on the soundtracks for the best-selling video game franchises Halo and Civilization, and on commercials for Coors Light and Meow Mix.

 Mr. Jones is a proud member of SAG, AFTRA and AGMA.

 
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ON Stage

 

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Press

First-rate.
— San Francisco Chronicle
Jones stole the show.
— San Francisco Classical Voice
Marvelous.
— TheatreWorld Magazine
Essential.
— San Francisco Examiner
Excellent.
— San Francisco Classical Voice
To this taste, the clear standout in the cast was Ben Jones, who played the high-rolling gambler Sky Masterson with a combination of tonal polish and expressive urgency.
— San Francisco Chronicle
The voice and charisma to light up the stage of any theater, any time, anywhere.
— Marin Independent Journal
The two drunken friars were a delight–the sweet Ben Jones (Missail) and Vyacheslav Pochapsky (Varlaam)–whose charisma and comedic timing were outstanding.
— San Francisco Classical Voice
With his yearning, delicately shaped account of “Where’s the Mate for Me?” tenor Ben Jones was instantly three-dimensional as the flawed, romantically compelling riverboat gambler Gaylord Ravenal. Jones’ earnest, appealingly reedy voice and half-dreamy, half-vacant affect made for an alluringly dangerous lover.
— San Francisco Chronicle
The highlight of the first half — the most engaging segment of the entire evening — was an adroit arrangement by Ben Jones of the aria from Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasilieras” No. 5. Mr. Jones has taken this appealing work, originally scored for soprano and eight cellos, and distributed the instrumental parts among the voices in ways that replicate the smooth string lines along with pungent pizzicato effects.
— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
But the group surpassed itself in Ben Jones’s arrangement of 20th century Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’ well-known “Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5”, nearing the crispness of the original work’s cello ensemble with its pizzicati and Baroque arpeggiation, while soloist Cortez Mitchell poured out the seductive soprano line like any chanteuse. The crowd loved this brilliant example of the group’s “orchestra of voices” sound.
— Oregon Artswatch
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