Q: Are there certain songs that are your favorites?
A: I'm a newlywed, so all of the mushy love songs are great like "All The Man That I Need." But I also love "One Moment in Time," "My Name is Not Susan" and "I Will Always Love You." There are 17 songs on the program. It's a good, vocally long night, but fun and always worth it.
Q: What are your chief goals in interpreting Houston’s repertoire?
A: When I was in college, my voice teacher told me that music should come from within and not be contrived. So, I must admit I'm a purist. I pretty much, note for note, sing Whitney's recorded versions. Every once in a while I will embellish on a note or phrasing, but I'm aware nobody wants to hear my take on a song to the point that it becomes unrecognizable. People want to hear Whitney's versions and I'm paying homage in turn. It's all about paying respect to Whitney's memory.
Q: What do you feel this concert represents in terms of her legacy?
A: So much of her last decade was caught up in drama, from Bobby Brown to drug addiction to her losing her voice literally and figuratively. Her voice was her gift, so this concert invites everyone to remember why we fell in love with her and her hits. I'm doing my best effort to recall her voice and to remind people of her voice.
Q: What should the audience anticipate?
A: I hope everyone wears comfortable shoes, because I will sincerely encourage everyone to stand up and have a good time. It's truly going to be a fun night of music. I know a lot of people go to symphonic shows not expecting to let loose or dance in the aisles, but a lively atmosphere makes the show so much fun for me and everyone involved. We're offering a true celebration of a great artist.
WANT TO GO?
What: "The Music of Whitney Houston"
Where: Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11
Tickets: Call Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or visit www.daytonperformingarts.org