Performance Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Standard Time with Michael Feinstein

Beyond the Rainbow: Celebrating E. Y. "Yip" Harburg

Zankel Hall


  • Michael Feinstein, Artistic Director

    with Special Guests:
    Nancy Anderson
    Malcolm Gets
    Catherine Russell

    Tedd Firth, Piano
    Sean Smith, Bass
    Mark McLean, Drums

Event Duration

The program will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.


  • Michael Feinstein

    Michael Feinstein-the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated, and two-time Emmy-nominated entertainer dubbed "Ambassador of the Great American Songbook"-is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and the Hollywood Bowl, as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.

    More than simply a performer, Mr. Feinstein has received national recognition for his commitment to celebrating America's popular song and preserving its legacy for the next generation. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, master classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. He also serves on the Library of Congress'National Recording Preservation Board-an organization dedicated to ensuring the survival, conservation, and increased public availability of America's sound recording heritage.

    Most recently, Concord Records released A Michael Feinstein Christmas on which he is accompanied by venerable Grammy-winning jazz pianist Alan Broadbent.

    Mr. Feinstein earned his fifth Grammy nomination in 2009 for The Sinatra Project, his Concord Records CD celebrating the music of "Ol' Blue Eyes." The Sinatra Project, Volume II: The Good Life was released in 2011. His Emmy-nominated TV special, Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy-taped live at the Palladium in Carmel, Indiana-aired across the country. His PBS series Michael Feinstein's American Songbook was the recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Television Broadcast Award; the series returned in 2013 for a third season, which is now available on DVD. For his nationally syndicated public radio program Song Travels, Mr. Feinstein interviews and performs alongside such music luminaries as Bette Midler, Neil Sedaka, Liza Minnelli, Moby, Rickie Lee Jones, David Hyde Pierce, and others.

    Mr. Feinstein was named principal conductor of the Pasadena POPS in 2012 and made his conducting debut in June 2013 to celebrated critical acclaim. Under his leadership, the Pasadena POPS has quickly become the nation's premier presenter of the Great American Songbook in the orchestral arena, delivering definitive performances of rare orchestrations and classic arrangements.

    Mr. Feinstein serves as artistic director of the Center for the Performing Arts-a $170 million, three-theater venue in Carmel, Indiana. The theater is home to an annual international Great American Songbook festival, diverse live programming, and a museum for Mr. Feinstein's rare memorabilia and manuscripts. In 2010, he also became director of Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz and Popular Song Series.

    The roots of all this work began in Columbus, Ohio, where Mr. Feinstein started playing piano by ear when he was five. After graduating from high school, he worked in local piano bars for two years, moving to Los Angeles when he was 20. The widow of legendary concert pianist-actor Oscar Levant introduced him to Ira Gershwin in July 1977. Mr. Feinstein became Gershwin's assistant for six years, which earned him access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded.

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    Nancy Anderson

    Nancy Anderson made her Broadway debut as Mona in A Class Act, and appeared in the roles of Helen and Eileen in the 2004 revival of Wonderful Town. She received an Olivier Award nomination for her West End portrayal of Lois/Bianca in Kiss Me, Kate. Audiences of PBS's Great Performances may remember her in Kiss Me, Kate, as well as the Carnegie Hall concert presentation of South Pacific with Reba McEntire. Off-Broadway, her credits include Far From Heaven, YANK!, Jolson & Company (Drama Desk nomination), and Fanny Hill (Drama Desk nomination). Recent and upcoming regional credits include Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (Goodspeed Opera House), Peter in Peter Pan and Gloria in Damn Yankees (Paper Mill Playhouse), Sukie in The Witches of Eastwick (Ogunquit Playhouse), Oolie/Donna in City of Angels (Goodspeed), Side by Side by Sondheim (Signature Company, Helen Hayes nomination), The Full Monty and The Cottage (Theatre Aspen), The Women (The Old Globe), Ordinary Days (South Coast Repertory), and The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream (directed by Ethan McSweeny). Ms. Anderson recently appeared at the 92nd Street Y in Here's to the Girls!, hosted by Charles Busch. She is also the winner of the 2011 Noël Coward Cabaret Award Competition and a 2004 Bistro Award. Other concert and cabaret appearances include London's Pizza on the Park, Jermyn Street Theatre, Birdland, Metropolitan Room, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as regular appearances with Vince Giordano's Night Hawks and The Bob Hardwick Sound. Her debut album was Ten Cents a Dance. Visit for additional information.

    Malcolm Gets

    Malcolm Gets has appeared on Broadway in Macbeth (Lincoln Center Theater), The Story of My Life, Amour (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), and The Molière Comedies (Roundabout Theatre Company). Off-Broadway, he has been seen in A New Brain, Merrily We Roll Along (Drama Desk nomination, Obie Award), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Obie and Actors' Equity Foundation's St. Clair Bayfield awards), Hello Again, Boys and Girls, Finian's Rainbow, Polish Joke, Juno, Vigil, and Allegro. He has also appeared in City Center's Encores! productions of The Boys from Syracuse, The Apple Tree, and Irma la Douce. On television, Mr. Gets has been seen in Caroline in the City, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Law & Order, and Remember WENN. His film work includes Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Sex and the City, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, and the Emmy-winning Grey Gardens (HBO). He also recently finished filming Outliving Emily. He can be heard on many recordings, including Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim-which was also his Carnegie Hall debut. His first solo CD, The Journey Home, is available on PS Classics. Mr. Gets is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

    Catherine Russell

    Vocalist Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist-composer-bandleader and Louis Armstrong's longtime musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist-guitarist-bassist who performed with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Ruth Brown. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Ms. Russell embarked upon musical adventures with Carrie Smith, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm, and Rosanne Cash, among others. Ms. Russell's repertoire features a selection of gems from the 1920s through the present-vital interpretations, bursting with soul and humor. With an off-the-beaten-path song selection, sparkling acoustic swing, and a stunning vocal approach, she has joined the ranks of the greatest interpreters and performers of American Popular Song. In 2012, she won a Grammy Award as a featured artist on the soundtrack album for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. In 2013, Ms. Russell contributed three songs to the soundtrack of the film Kill Your Darlings. Her fifth solo album, Bring It Back, was released worldwide in February 2014 on the Jazz Village label, receiving a five-star review in DownBeat magazine.

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"I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face" (Lerner and Loewe)
Michael Feinstein
Concord Records

Produced for Carnegie Hall by Michael A. Kerker / ASCAP.
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This performance is part of Standard Time with Michael Feinstein.