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BEN JONES

 
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Bio

 

Hailed as "First-rate" by the San Francisco Chronicle and "Show-stopping" by San Francisco Classical Voice, Ben’s versatile voice has been featured on recordings on the Albany label, on Garrison Keillor's 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. He has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Columbus Symphony and the Oakland East Bay Symphony, sharing the spotlight with the likes of Frederica von Stade, Nathan Gunn, Rita Moreno, Helmuth Rilling and Val Diamond. In the theatre, Ben has shown a vast range, having appeared in Candide (Governor and Vanderdendur, San Francisco Symphony), Boris Godunov (Missail, San Francisco Symphony), Guys and Dolls (Sky, Oakland East Bay Symphony), Follies (Buddy, Oakland East Bay Symphony), Show Boat (Ravenal, Oakland East Bay Symphony), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), Cats (Munkustrap/Quaxo) and Sweeney Todd (Tobias), in addition to having skewered multiple pop culture figures (Michael Jackson, George W. Bush, John Travolta, Bill Clinton, Michael Phelps) in the San Francisco revue Beach Blanket Babylon

Ben is a proud member of SAG, AFTRA and AGMA.

 

 
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Press

First-rate.
— San Francisco Chronicle
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
Essential.
— San Francisco Examiner
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
Marvelous.
— TheatreWorld Magazine
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
Excellent.
— San Francisco Classical Voice
The voice and charisma to light up the stage of any theater, any time, anywhere
— Marin Independent Journal
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