Sun Valley Opera and Sun Valley resort present MOTOWN’S GREATEST HITS with music arranged by Jospeh Joubert, musical director and conductor of the Tony Award wining MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. Enjoy some of the best pop music ever written! From Smokey Robinson and The Supremes to Gladys Knight and Marvin Gaye…plus more!


allisonActress and songstress Allison Semmesis currently playing Diana Ross in Motown the Musical First National Tour. Her Broadway credits include The Book of Mormon (Nabulungi cover/ Swing) and Motown the Musical (Florence Ballard/Diana Ross cover). She began her musical journey in the Chicago Children’s Choir. Through the CCC, she sang with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and abroad. This led her to her Opera studies at University of Illinois in Vocal Performance. She received her Masters in Music in Musical Theater at New York University-Steinhardt . Theater credits include Bubbling Brown Sugar (Ella), Dreamgirls (Lorrell/cover), The Color Purple National Tour (Squeak) directed by Gary Griffin, and The Wiz. Allison’s passion also lies in jazz and soul, performing her first cabaret “Jazz, Soul, & L’Amour” at Zinc in NYC’s Greenwich Village, and composer Ted Hearne’s song cycle “Hurricane Katrina Ballads” & “You’re Causing Quite A Disturbance” with Erykah Badu and the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

McGillMoeisha McGill’s Broadway credits include: Motown ,Mamma Mia! and Rent. Off-Broadway/Regional: Baby (Lizzie, Papermill), They Wrote That? (Off B’way),Bagdad Café (Phyllis, International Tour), Lil’ Shop of Horrors (The Miracle Theatre),Princesses (5th Avenue Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar .

Nager-JesseJesse Nager is currently on tour as Smokey Robinson in Motown the Musical. He has been on and off Broadway inperformances such as Motown The Musical, Scandalous, Mary Poppins, Good Vibrations, Mamma Mia, Xanadu and Fame On42nd St. He performed in concert with Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Pattie Labelle, Jazon Mraz, Katherine McPhee, and Joe Pesci. He also performed on SMASH, The Tony Awards, The Today Show, and America’s Got Talent. Mr. Nager is the Creator and Artistic Director of Broadway Boys and is a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices.

Owens-DestanDestan Owens has appeared on Broadway in Chicago, Smokey Joe’s Café,and Rent. Off-Broadway, National tours, and other credits include The Who’s Tommy, Sisterella, Chicago, Dreamgirls with Jennifer Holiday, Yo’ Alice, Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel, Stormy Weather: The Lena Horne Story, Soul Possessed, It Happened In Little Rock, Carmen, Trouble In Tahiti and A Little Night Music. His television and film credits include Marie And Bruce, Get Rich Or Die Trying, Across The Universe and 30 Rock. Mr. Owens has also been a soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Southwest Florida Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, Phoenix Symphony and The Long Island Philharmonic.

ShirarRyan Shirar is a music director from New York City. In addition to serving as rehearsal pianist for Broadway Pops International, Ryan works as a vocal coach and orchestrator/arranger. Recent projects include Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series, Debra Monk’s Birthday Bash (Broadway Cares), A Starry Night San Francisco (Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation), Broadway Today (Fort Worth Symphony), and Mississippi Moon Bar (Dubuque Symphony Orchestra). Prior to New York, Ryan was founding president of Paragon Music Theatre and served as Music Director at the Kentucky Governor School for the Arts. Ryan received his Masters in Orchestral Conducting from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

www.mattsimpkinsphotography.comJoy Lynn Jacobs appeared in the Broadway revival of The Music Man, the world premier of Marie Christine in the role of Beatrice, and before that, the first national Broadway tours of Ragtime and Show Boat. Miss Jacobs created the role of Power Woman for the Off-Broadway hit Menopause The Musical and starred in that production for more than four years! Other credits include Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Lady Tiang in The King & I, Aldonza in Man Of La Mancha, Anita in West Side Story and Mercedes in the opera Carmen.

Joseph JoubertJoseph Joubert Credits as orchestrator, arranger, conductor, producer, musical director includes:

Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Leap of Faith, Caroline or Change, The Color Purple, Billy Elliot.
Off-Broadway: Violet, Three Mo’ Tenors, Three Mo’ Divas.
TV: “We Shall Not Be Moved;” “Macy’s Fireworks 2010.”
Film: Nights in Rodanthe. Recording: Fantasia’s “I’m Here;” Century Men’s Beautiful Star; Total Praise, Broadway Inspirational Voices’ Great Joy.
Accompanist/arrangements include: Patti Labelle, Ashford & Simpson, Diana Ross, George Benson, and Kathleen Battle (White House and Carnegie Hall). Grammy, Emmy and Drama Desk Award nominee.