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April 24th, 2006 10:00pm EDT
Elton JohnWho wouldn't want Hollywood's biggest stars to sing them to sleep? Some of the most surprising voices in Hollywood, accompanied by musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, lend their talents to a new album, "Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the Stars," to be released by Rhino Records on April 25. It's the perfect soundtrack for quiet evenings at home, with your children…or without them.

The CD features 14 spellbinding tunes by composers including Elton John, Billy Joel, Sade, Bob Dylan and Lennon/McCartney, beautifully sung and lushly orchestrated. A portion of the proceeds will benefit "Music Matters," the Los Angeles Philharmonic's music education programs. The album was jointly conceived and produced by Wayne Baruch, Charles F. Gayton and Eric Vetro.

"Unexpected Dreams" includes the following tracks:

Scarlett Johansson - "Summertime" (George & Ira Gershwin)
Ewan McGregor - "The Sweetest Gift" (Sade)
Taraji P. Henson - "In My Daughter's Eyes" (James T. Slater)
Jennifer Garner - "My Heart Is So Full of You" (Frank Loesser)
Jeremy Irons - "To Make You Feel My Love" (Bob Dylan)
John Stamos - "Goodnight My Angel" (Billy Joel)
Lucy Lawless - "Little Child" (Eric Vetro/Alan Rich)
Marissa Jaret Winokur - "The Wish Song" (Eric Vetro/Steven Shore)
Eric McCormack - "The Greatest Discovery" (Elton John/Bernie Taupin)
Victor Garber - "No One Is Alone" (Stephen Sondheim)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - "The Nightshift" (Brad Hall)
Nia Vardalos - "Golden Slumbers" (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
John C. Reilly - "Lullaby In Ragtime" (Sylvia Fine)
Teri Hatcher - "Goodnight" (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)

Billy JoelVetro, among the entertainment industry's most prominent voice teachers and vocal coaches, conceived the project from his own "dream" - to produce an album of night music, lullabies and ballads performed by major film and television stars, in order to share a different side of their talents. Baruch and Gayton, creators and producers of prestigious musical, theatrical, and television events, developed the album concept with Vetro to include a variety of accompanying musical ensembles drawn from the brilliant musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The three producers worked with the singers to help them select the songs and create individual styles, personally supervise arrangements, orchestrations and recording sessions.

Wayne Baruch and Charles F. Gayton executive produced, wrote and staged the Gala Opening Celebration of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's new home, Walt Disney Concert Hall, featuring Music Director Esa Pekka Salonen and soloists ranging from Yo Yo Ma to Audra MacDonald and presenters such as Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. They also created and produced the accompanying Emmy-nominated PBS Great Performances television special. Baruch and Gayton also created, and annually produce the "Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame Opening Concert". The first six annual concerts have inducted more than 20 world renowned artists into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, ranging from John Williams to Joshua Bell to Stevie Wonder to Garth Brooks, raising millions of dollars for children's music education programs in the process. Other musical/television events include "The Three Tenors," "Superbowl Saturday Night," and their annual Independence Day celebration broadcast to America's troops worldwide - "Stadium of Fire."

Hugh JackmanEric Vetro is a voice teacher, pianist, songwriter and musical director who has worked with Broadway stars such as Tony Award winners Hugh Jackman ("The Boy From Oz") and Marissa Jaret Winokur ("Hairspray") as well as rock stars such as John Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls, Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Ryan Cabrera. He also coached John C. Reilly (Oscar nominee for the musical feature film "Chicago"), Billy Crystal (opening medley for the "2004 Academy Awards"), Jeremy Irons ("Camelot" at the Hollywood Bowl), Kevin Spacey (feature film "Beyond the Sea"), Shirley Jones ("42nd Street" on Broadway), Alfred Molina ("Fiddler on the Roof" on Broadway), Kathy Bates and Victor Garber (ABC's remake of "Annie") and Ewan McGregor ("Guys and Dolls" in London).

"Music Matters" (http://www.laphil.org/support/music_matters.cfm) is a program of the Los Angeles Philharmonic that reaches more than 120,000 children, educators and adults each year. Its innovative initiatives include the School Partners Program, Music for Educators, Toyota Symphonies for Youth, SummerSounds at the Hollywood Bowl, Master Classes and Kent Kresa Symphonies for Schools.


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