Utah Symphony Performs THE SONGS OF BILLY JOEL AND MORE with Michael Cavanaugh, 9/7-8


The Utah Symphony and Principal Pops Conductor Jerry Steichen will be joined by Grammy- and Tony Award-nominated entertainer Michael Cavanaugh to perform The Songs of Billy Joel and Morein the opening concerts of the Utah Symphony's 2012-2013 season Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8 at 8 p.m. in Abravanel Hall.

Michael Cavanaugh, who was handpicked by Billy Joel to star in the Broadway musical Movin' Out, has been called "the new voice of the American Rock and Roll Songbook" by Billboard Magazine. Cavanaugh was nominated for both a Grammy Award and a Tony Award for his role in the musical, which featured Billy Joel's music.

The Music of Billy Joel and More features Cavanaugh as pianist and vocalist as he performs Rock favorites including "Piano Man," "Pinball Wizard," "Uptown Girl," "Just The Way You Are," and "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant." The orchestrations performed by the Utah Symphony will add new layers to the music and enhance the memorable tunes.

This will be Michael Cavanaugh's first appearance with the Utah Symphony. Michael's numerous symphony performances include invitations from the Boston Pops, Indianapolis Symphony, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and the Cincinnati Pops.

Tickets for the performances range from $29 to $85 and can be purchased by calling (801)355-ARTS (2787), in person at the Abravanel Hall ticket office or by visiting www.utahsymphony.org. Season ticket holders and those desiring group discounts should call (801) 533-NOTE (6683). Ticket prices and seating are subject to availability. Prices will increase $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.

Michael Cavanaugh is the New Voice of the American Rock & Roll Songbook. A charismatic performer, musician and actor, made famous for his piano/lead vocals in the Broadway Musical Movin' Out. Michael Cavanaugh was handpicked by Billy Joel to star in title role and evokes a style rivaling the Piano Man. Michael appeared in the show for 3 years and over 1200 performances, receiving accolade after accolade, which culminated in 2003 with both Grammy and Tony award nominations.