Josh Groban’s powerful voice complemented nature as it resounded from the stages of open air theaters along the East Coast this past August.

“Rather than wait several years to put on one big show, I believe it’s more important to get out before live audiences whenever possible to satisfy the connections I crave with the public,” he said.

“The program included some numbers that are old favorites of mine and the fans, but many were from a new album I’m working on that focuses on a bucket list of songs I love from stage, screen, Broadway and London’s West End. They’ve been orchestrated to perfection and are tailor-made for bucolic locations.”

Mr. Groban’s live concerts are admired for the ease with which he segues from standing before a microphone to settling onto the piano bench to accompany himself.

“The piano keyboard is an extension of myself, so I like to play as I sing a song I wrote to better express the thoughts I put into composing the music and lyrics,” he said. “But because I especially enjoy performing with an amazing orchestra, like the ones backing me at Wolf Trap and Tanglewood, I spent most of the concerts standing to capture each moment with the musicians and work the crowd. There’s always unexpected banter between the audience and myself.”

A true Renaissance man, Mr. Groban excels in variety. His vocal prowess is matched by skillful acting, songwriting, producing and communication. Even while attending the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, he caught the attention of major producers. At a moment that he still recalls with awe, he was asked to substitute for an ailing Andrea Bocelli during abc kids a Grammy Award rehearsal with Celine Dion. The upshot was a rapid ride to fame, beginning with an appearance on Rosie O’Donnell’s show. Next came a role on “Ally McBeal” followed by a Warner Brothers recording contract and his self-titled debut album of 2001 that zoomed from gold to double-platinum.

In the years since, his six multi-platinum albums have topped the charts. Today he is a welcome guest on major talk shows, an actor on numerous television series, and a character in the 2014 film “Muppets Most Wanted.” His latest venture as host of the ABC-TV music competition series “Rising Star” ended with the crowning of a winning contestant. Notable venues include the White House, the Vatican, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, the Grammy Awards tribute to Luciano Pavarotti, the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium in London, another for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the London Palladium, the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, and his own PBS special, “Josh Groban in Concert.”

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