JERSEY BOYS Stars to Join Atlanta Symphony for SIXTIES HITS WITH THE MIDTOWN MEN, 4/19-20
Sixties Hits with the Midtown Men, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Michael Krajewski
Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in "Sixties Hits with The Midtown Men" April 19 and 20 at 8:00 p.m., in Atlanta Symphony Hall at the Woodruff Arts Center.
Four stars from the original cast of the critically-acclaimed musical Jersey Boys recapture the magical soundtrack of the 1960s with hits by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, plus other favorites including "So Happy Together," "Up on the Roof," and more.
Much in demand across the United States and Canada, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski is the first to ever hold the title at the Orchestra. Known for his entertaining programs and clever humor, Michael Krajewski also holds the title of principal pops conductor with the Houston and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras.
As a guest conductor Michael has performed with the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Other guest conducting appearances include the San Francisco, Dallas, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis, Phoenix and National symphonies, as well as many other orchestras across the United States. In Canada he has led the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Edmonton and Winnipeg symphonies. Other international appearances include performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra in concerts in Belfast and Dublin.
Michael is the conductor of the video Silver Screen Serenade with violinist Jenny Oaks Baker that aired worldwide on BYU Broadcasting. On recording he has led the Houston Symphony on two holiday albums: Glad Tidings and Christmas Festival. Michael's collaborative programs have included such artists as flutist James Galway, mezzo Marilyn Horne, guitarist Angel Romero, and pop artists Roberta Flack, Judy Collins, Art Garfunkel, Ben Folds, Doc Severinsen, Patti Austin, Sandi Patti, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Pink Martini, Rockapella, Ann Hampton Callaway, Cirque de la Symphonie, Classical Mystery Tour and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
With degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Michael furthered his training at the Pierre Monteux Domaine School for Conductors. He was a Dorati Fellowship Conductor with the Detroit Symphony and later served as that orchestra's assistant conductor. He was resident conductor of the Florida Symphony and for eleven years served as music director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. Michael lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife Darcy. When not conducting he enjoys travel, photography, jogging, bicycling, and solving the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle.
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