Michael Feinstein to Sing Gershwin with the Pasadena POPS, 7/19
Michael Feinstein, the incomparable two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer joins the Pasadena POPS for one night only to sing a full concert celebrating the musical legacy of George and Ira Gershwin on Saturday, July 19 at the Los Angeles Arboretum with "Michael Feinstein SINGS Gershwin." Feinstein shares both the music of the Gershwins and personal stories from his recent book The Gershwins and Me, which reflects upon his six-year collaboration with Ira Gershwin.
A multi-platinum-selling entertainer, Feinstein is an old-fashioned crooner with luxuriant vocals that meld the traditions of old and new, and is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. Hear songs such as "'S Wonderful," "Shall We Dance," "I've got A Crush On You," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Fascinating Rhythm," "Embraceable You," "Rialto Ripples" and "Someone to Watch Over Me," along with "An American in Paris Overture," a tribute to Fred Astaire and a cross-section of the finest Gershwin songs with a few surprises through in...because, after all, he is Michael Feinstein.
His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. The roots of all of his work began in Columbus, Ohio, where Feinstein started playing piano by ear as a 5-year-old. After graduating from high school, he worked in local piano bars for two years, moving to Los Angeles when he was 20. In July of 1977, the widow of legendary concert pianist-actor Oscar Levant introduced him to Ira Gershwin. Feinstein became Gershwin's assistant for six years, which earned him access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded. Gershwin's influence provided a solid base upon which Feinstein evolved into a captivating performer, composer and arranger of his own original music.