Pacific Symphony Pops Presents Michael McDonald, 3/13-15

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 on Thursday 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."




More On: Michael McDonald, Symphony, Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, Nashville Symphony, Lang Lang, Aretha Franklin.

Comment & Share

Related Links
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Announces 2014-15 Season - BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL WITH ANDRE WATTS & MoreAnn Arbor Symphony Orchestra Announces 2014-15 Season - BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL WITH ANDRE WATTS & More
April 16, 2014
Musical Crossroads Featuring Anoushka Shankar Has Been CanceledMusical Crossroads Featuring Anoushka Shankar Has Been Canceled
April 16, 2014
Carnegie in Concert Presents BIRDIE TO BRICE: 50 YEARS OF CARMON DELEONE, 5/22Carnegie in Concert Presents BIRDIE TO BRICE: 50 YEARS OF CARMON DELEONE, 5/22
April 16, 2014
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Announces 2014-2015 SeasonThe Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Announces 2014-2015 Season
April 16, 2014
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Joins Andrea Bocelli in Concert at Joe Louis Arena, 12/14Detroit Symphony Orchestra Joins Andrea Bocelli in Concert at Joe Louis Arena, 12/14
April 15, 2014


About Author

Subscribe to Author Alerts

BWW Reviews: Soprano Karita Mattila Shimmers in Strauss's FOUR LAST SONGS at Carnegie HallBWW Reviews: Soprano Karita Mattila Shimmers in Strauss's FOUR LAST SONGS at Carnegie Hall

Subscribe for News & Specials

BWW Reviews: TANYA BANNISTER, THE INTIMATE CONCERTOSBWW Reviews: TANYA BANNISTER, THE INTIMATE CONCERTOS
by Peter Danish