Steve Tyrell and Friends to Join the Houston Symphony, 3/13
On Thursday, March 13, the Houston Symphony will continue its legendary centennial celebration by performing alongside one of the leading figures in the recording industry, Steve Tyrell. Under the leadership of Houston Symphony Associate Conductor Robert Franz, Tyrell and the orchestra will perform American standards like "You're So Nice to Come Home To," "The Way You Look Tonight" and "I Get a Kick Out of You," to name just a few. The Grammy Award-winning Tyrell will also invite his friends Diane Schuur, Judith Hill and Lew Soloff to the stage to share the evening with him as he sings the night away to timeless classics in this one-night only special performance.
The performance will take place at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St., Houston, TX 77002 on Thursday, March 13, 2014, 7:30 PM. Tickets from $29.
Steve Tyrell & Friends
Robert Franz, conductor
Steve Tyrell, vocalist
Diane Schuur, vocalist
Judith Hill, vocalist
Lew Soloff, trumpet
About Robert Franz: In his sixth season as Associate Conductor of the Houston Symphony, Robert Franz has led the Symphony in a broad range of creative educational and family concerts. Highlights for the 2013 - 14 Season include a performance at the annual awards of the Anti-Defamation League and a side-by-side concert of Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony with the Houston Youth Symphony, which will result in a total of 150 musicians on stage. Last summer, Franz conducted the orchestra's 100th Birthday Concert.
Franz is also the Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic, the Fairbanks Summer Arts festival Opera and Orchestra and the Windsor Symphony in Ontario, Canada. He continues to serve as Music Director Emeritus of the Carolina Chamber Symphony, an orchestra that he founded, and provides educational programming workshops at the National Symphony Orchestra during the summer.
Under his direction, both the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (2008) and the Louisville Orchestra (2001) were awarded ASCAP's Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming. The Louisville Orchestra's award led to the creation of an educational program for Kentucky Educational Television entitled Creating Music and Stories. Winner of the 2008 BPO/ECMA Music Educators Award for Excellence, Franz has created arts education programs for the Carolina Chamber Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, West End Chamber Ensemble and the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony, including that organization's innovative Bolton Research Project. Franz has also authored his first children's book with CD, Stella's Magical Musical Tour of America.
Franz received his Bachelor of Music degree in oboe performance in 1990 from the North Carolina School of the Arts, and his Master of Music degree in conducting in 1992 from the same institution.
After breakthrough performances in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II, Steve Tyrell re-popularized classic pop standards for a modern audience. His hits "The Way You Look Tonight," "The Simple Life," "Crush On You" and "The Sunny Side of The Street," have launched thousands of weddings.
He enjoys sold out shows and raves from around the world. At the request of the Sinatra family, he was the featured performer with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra when Frank Sinatra was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and reprised that performance at Carnegie Hall.
All nine of his American Standards albums have achieved top 10 on Billboard's Jazz charts. Tyrell has received a daytime Emmy Award, three Ace Award Nominations, American Society of Young Musician's All That Jazz Award (2004), The Wellness Community Human Spirit Award (2004), Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), and Los Angeles Jazz Society's Jazz Vocalist of the Year (2008). His music for the Children's special, Cartoon All Stars to the Rescue, received special Emmy recognition.
About Diane Schuur: Regarded as one of contemporary jazz's leading vocalists, Diane Schuur has built a stellar career by embracing not only the jazz of her parent's generation, but the pop music of her own youth during the late 1950s and '60s. As electric as she is brilliant, Schuur taught herself piano by ear and developed a rich, resonant vocal style.