Best of Broadway! with Connor Bogart

KeyBank Pops

Stranahan Theater

May 5, 2018

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

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Carl Topilow, conductor and clarinet
Connor Bogart, guest artist

Following his smashing TSO debut, Connor Bogart is back by popular demand to perform Broadway hits from Jersey Boys, Sweeny Todd, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and more! GQ Magazine raves that Bogart “sounds as authentic singing Guns N’ Roses as he does Puccini!” Bogart joins conductor Carl Topilow in this stunning season finale.


Tonight’s guest conductor, Carl Topilow, is in his 22nd year as founding conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. He is also director of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s orchestral program, music director of the National Repertory Orchestra, (a summer music festival based in Breckenridge, CO), and the Firelands Symphony Orchestra in Sandusky (OH).

In addition to his visit to Toledo, Mr. Topilow’s guest conducting appearances this season take him to Bakersfield, Fresno, the Quad Cities, South Bend, Wichita and the Florida Lakes Orchestra.  He has served as guest conductor for more than 120 orchestras in 37 states and 12 foreign countries.

Topilow has assisted in the training of talented musicians and conductors for positions in orchestras in the United States and abroad and has supplied numerous young musicians the opportunity to perform as both orchestra members and soloists. His manner of presenting the music through musical illustrations and guides has enhanced the concert experience for audience members.

In addition to his work as conductor, Topilow continues to perform as clarinetist with orchestra as well as with piano in informal recitals.

Topilow’s wife Shirley is the President and CEO of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Their daughter Jenny is a violinist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and their daughter Emily is a junior at Bowling Green State University, where she majors in psychology and plays in the university orchestra. 


A classical violinist since the age of five, Connor Bogart (Connor Bogart O'Brien) studied opera at the Eastman School of Music in New York, and has since toured the globe as a professional performer.

Notable theater performances have included leading roles in Miss Saigon (Chris) Sweeney Todd (Anthony) The Last Five Years (Jamie) Company (Bobby) Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph) Forever Plaid (Sparky), as well as Altar Boyz (Abraham).

A native of Northeast Ohio, Connor decided to leave the violin behind to study vocal performance/opera at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in New York (U. S. News and World Report ranked #1 Music Conservatory in America 2010-2012) under the direction of Dr. Robert McIver. During his time at Eastman, he also auditioned for, and was subsequently accepted into the nationally ranked male acappella group, The University of Rochester Yellowjackets, (as seen on NBC's "The Sing Off") as a featured soloist. After recording several award winning albums with the group, a love of singing without instruments took hold and in subsequent years led to executive producing future Yellowjacket albums and being a national finalist for the world famous vocal band Rockapella in their search for a new second tenor.

Connor has been a featured soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, The Cleveland Pops, The Symphony of Southeast Texas, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, The Rochester Philharmonic, The Toledo Symphony, The Mansfield Symphony, The New Haven Symphony, The Akron Symphony, The Rappahannock Pops, Music In The Mountains (The Dallas Symphony), The Fireland Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He has served as executive music supervisor and composer to The Discovery Channel for their series, The Kustomizer, and as a songwriter, had had several of his original songs featured on national television.

"Inside Out", the lead single from his self titled first album, vaulted to the number one radio position in France, and held the position for several weeks. Two full-length albums followed, "Soliloquy" which featured a cover story in Scene Magazine, as well as the hit single "Ready To Fall", a national semi-finalist entry in Sony Music and Clear Channel's "Radiostar" competition hosted by Ryan Seacrest and KISS FM's Elvis Duran. His third album "Prizefighter" is his latest rock release.

He has since toured the U.S, and along with his band, has performed as the opening act on over 20 national tours, including Ashlee Simpson, Huey Lewis and The News, Edwin McCain, Richard Marx, Rick Springfield, Hall & Oates, and Mariah Carey.

Connor can currently be heard behind the scenes singing and recording jingles for companies such as Hasbro Toys and American Greetings, performing on tour with native Clevelander and Grammy nominee Jim Brickman, as well as in over 32 countries worldwide as a headlining act on Princess, Holland America, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean cruise lines with his previous group of Broadway veterans, "The Matinee Idols", and his current solo show available in both English and Mandarin Chinese.


Watch Connor Bogart perform Being Alive from Sondheim's Broadway musical Company.


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