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Ron Banks

Ronald Banks, emcee and bass-baritone, is pleased to return to Pacific Symphony, having performed as the Percussionator in the Superheroes! Family concert and as Grandpa in the Class Act tribute concert to Leonard Bernstein. Banks has been seen on stages around the world across a 30-year career. A versatile performer, his talents included work in musical theatre, opera, oratorio, voiceover and in recital. Operatic roles include Rigoletto, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, Don Pasquale and many others. He has worked with Los Angeles Chamber Singers, La Jolla Symphony, San Diego Symphony and many other chorales and orchestras around the world. His solo credits include: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Messiah, A German Requiem and The Creation. In musical theater, Banks is best known for his portrayal of the King of Siam in The King and I, a role which he has performed more than 500 times, garnering awards and critical acclaim in productions across the nation. Other award-winning roles include King Arthur in Camelot and the title role in Sweeney Todd, for which he received a nomination for Best Performance and a Garland Award Honorable Mention. Banks has been seen in Pacific Overtures, as Peron in Evita, Chao in the Broadway-bound revival of Flower Drum Song, Emile Debecque in South Pacific and recently finished an eight-year run as Jafar in Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular at the Disneyland Resort. Bank’s distinctive speaking voice can be heard as multiple characters in the World of Warcraft and Mortal Kombat video games.