We’re thrilled to have Jeff Korn back to sing with us for Pops. His expressive singing and charming manner makes the best songs even better. Our great friend of the orchestra, composer and arranger Bernie Hoffer, has created a medley of songs by Jerome Kern cleverly titled Korn Sings Kern.
For the finale of song set, you’ll hear “Ol’ Man River”, a powerful song full of deep meaning. It comes from an earlier period of racial tension and discrimination, depicted in the groundbreaking 1927 musical Showboat. You will be moved to tears if you’re not humming along with Jeff. Jeff will also lead the audience in a sing-along of The King and I.
Jeff is as inspiring in the business world as he is as a singer. Here’s Jeff’s bio:
Jeffrey Korn has performed for audiences around the world, singing Classic Broadway to Big Band to Acapella to Yiddish Theatre. Jeff originally trained in opera and violin at the Eastman School of Music and the Seagle Opera Theatre. At Harvard College, Jeff divided his time between studying psychology, performing in The Hasty Pudding Theatricals and the Loeb Drama Center, and directing and singing in The Harvard Krokodiloes.
After college, Jeff was invited to London to join the cast of the hit show, Hamlet Improvised, in which he played Hamlet some nights, and Queen Gertrude other nights (depending on the luck of the draw). He continued his classical vocal training at the Royal Academy of Music, while appearing in Shakespeare productions in London and Edinburgh.
Jeff moved back to the States to pursue his true passions: classic Broadway musicals and concert performance. In Boston, he joined the original smash production of Forbidden Broadway. During the 1990s, Jeff directed and toured with his acapella quartet Where’s the Band? Acapella. Over the years, he has appeared as a featured performer on stages across the U.S. and Europe and as a repeat guest vocalist on Late Night with David Letterman on CBS.
Jeff also coaches leaders around the world to use the skills of the performer to inspire and engage others. He teaches and coaches at Harvard Business School, Columbia and Duke, as well as in such far-off destinations as Abu Dhabi, Mumbai and Shanghai. He leads the internet strategy and design firm, Jeffrey Korn Creative, and is founder of the tech startup Talkler – Email for your Ears. When not teaching, traveling or performing, Jeff lives in Belmont, MA with his wife, singer and designer Lori Glaser, and is the proud father of two talented sons.