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Michael McDonald Performs in Concert With Pacific Symphony Pops, Now thru 3/15

Michael McDonald Performs in Concert With Pacific Symphony Pops, Now thru 3/15

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and keyboardist Michael McDonald lends his husky, soulful baritone to Pacific Symphony Pops for a concert featuring hits from his chart-topping career spanning more than four decades. From his 1970s beginnings singing back-up vocals with American rock band Steely Dan on songs including "Black Friday," to enhancing the funky R&B sound of The Doobie Brothers, to his award-winning solo career, McDonald has established himself as a timeless yet distinctive artist in pops music. One of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the '70s rock scene, McDonald commands the stage with his distinctive interpretations of classics like "What a Fool Believes," "On My Own," "Sweet Freedom," "I Keep Forgettin'," "Minute by Minute" and "Yah Mo B There." His more recent album, "Soul Speak," has been acclaimed as an "impeccable" crossover by BBC Radio since its release in 2008, when it also hit three different charts simultaneously.

Backed by the full symphony orchestra audiences lose themselves in a rich medley of Motown and rock with McDonald tonight through Saturday, March 13-15, at 8 p.m., in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $35-$185. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.

"Michael is a great musician, singer, songwriter and pianist, and also a kind, unassuming and warm human being," says the evening's guest conductor, Albert-George Schram. "It will be so good to make music with him once again."

The concert opens with the orchestra performing tributes to two other beloved song writers, Giacomo Puccini and Irving Berlin, in "Viva Puccini" and "Tribute to Irving Berlin." Adding in Brahms' stirring Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor and the classic jazz hit first made famous by Quincy Jones, "Soul Bossa Nova," Schram and the Symphony bring the audience to their feet with these swinging hits.

"The audience will love these compositions!" says Maestro Schram. "Not in the least because Pacific Symphony performs them so very well. These are great musicians who love making music of all kinds."

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