September 11, 2013 |
"Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine: Two Kids From Brooklyn," currently ensconced at Walt Disney Concert Hall's Ira Gershwin Gallery through Feb. 23, is a treasure trove of lyric sheets, performance materials, scripts, correspondence, business papers, posters, videos and recordings chronicling the lives and careers of the legendary comic actor and his composer wife. The Disney Hall space, a satellite gallery of the Library of Congress, is open to anyone attending a performance or on a free docent-led tour or a self-guided audio tour of the building.
September 8, 2013 |
The magic of the Gershwin songbook swept the Los Angeles County Arboretum on Saturday, when Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, together with guest vocalists Catherine Russell and Tom Wopat, closed the 2013 season in glossy, old-school fashion. Although the evening, which coincided with Feinstein's birthday, concluded the Grammy nominee's debut summer as principal conductor, you'd hardly have guessed it. From preshow appearance, receiving a spontaneous rendition of “Happy Birthday” by orchestra and audience, to final “surprise encore we have planned,” Feinstein wielded his baton and anecdotal commentary with an assurance that suggested decades of pops podium tactics.
September 5, 2013 |
By George, half a century on it's still a good thing when Gershwin music is front and center. During the next few days two Southern California orchestras are turning their focus to brothers George and Ira. On Saturday, Michael Feinstein conducts the Pasadena Pops in what promises to be a delve-deep inside their canon. Then Tuesday, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's program at the Hollywood Bowl features two of George Gershwin's orchestral scores, “Cuban Overture” and “Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture.” Gershwin music played by local orchestras taps into a very poignant moment in Southern California music history.
July 12, 2013 |
Michael Feinstein will be bringing his brand of class and oomph to the Pasadena Pops for three more years. The musician and orchestra have renewed his contract as the group's principal pops conductor through 2016. Feinstein kicked off his first season with the Pasadena Pops this summer, leading the orchestra in June at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in a performance that featured Cheyenne Jackson. The next performance will be Saturday with a program dedicated to classic MGM movies (and their music)
May 30, 2013 |
When the Pasadena Pops kicks off its summer season of concerts at the L.A. County Arboretum in Arcadia on Saturday, it will be led by a music director and conductor who has never even played in an orchestra, much less conducted one. It's a risky move certainly, but a shrewd one as well. The hiring of Michael Feinstein - on the heels of songwriter and veteran conductor Marvin Hamlisch's death last summer - taps the musicality, as well as the popularity, of a performer who has helped resuscitate popular American music from almost a century ago into a vital and active art form.
May 23, 2013 |
Carole King has amassed some impressive accolades in her storied five-decade career. Now she can add the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song to her mantle. The prolific singer-songwriter was feted with the songwriting award - named after American composers George and Ira Gershwin - at a White House concert Wednesday night. President Obama presented the 71-year-old with this year's award during a tribute concert for the singer in the East Room of the White House.