Performance Thursday, October 18, 2012 | 8 PM

Barbara Cook

85th Birthday Concert

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Barbara Cook gained fame in musicals like The Music Man and Candide. Over the course of her illustrious career, she has played on the biggest stages all across the globe. This living Broadway legend made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1975 and returns to celebrate her 85th birthday.


  • Barbara Cook, Vocalist
  • Ted Rosenthal, Music Director and Piano
  • Lee Musiker, Music Director and Piano
  • Surprise guests to be announced


  • Barbara Cook

    Barbara Cook returns to Carnegie Hall tonight for her seventh solo concert. She made her now legendary solo concert debut on this stage in 1975, in partnership with her longtime musical director Wally Harper. The concert was recorded and released as the live recording Barbara Cook at Carnegie Hall-the first of her three live Carnegie Hall recordings. It was followed in 1980 with It's Better With a Band and in 2001 with Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim.

    The recipient of a 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, she received rave reviews and a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Sondheim on Sondheim, which marked her return to the Broadway stage after an absence of 23 years. Other recent notable appearances include three sold-out concerts with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, a series of critically acclaimed new shows at Feinstein's at Loews Regency, and a historic solo concert debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, where she became the first female non-classical singer to be presented in solo concert by the Met.

    A leading star of the Broadway stage during the 1950s and '60s, her many credits include the creation of three classic roles in the American musical theater: Cunégonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide, Marian the Librarian in Meredith Willson's The Music Man (Tony Award), and Amalia in Bock and Harnick's She Loves Me (Drama Desk Award). She made her Broadway debut in 1951 in the musical Flahooley, and also starred y, in the musicals Plain and Fancy, The Gay Life, and The Grass Harp; in the City Center productions of Oklahoma! (as Ado Annie), Carousel (twice, first as Carrie Pipperidge and then as Julie Jordan), and as Mrs. Anna in their legendary revival of The King and I, and in the plays Little Murders and Enemies.

    In 1974, Ms. Cook began a creative partnership with Mr. Harper, and embarked on a second career as a concert and recording artist, performing to critical acclaim in most of the country's major concert halls and cabarets, as well as internationally. She won a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk award for her concert Barbara Cook's Broadway, after being nominated for Tony and Drama Desk awards for her previous concert, Mostly Sondheim. Her many London appearances include critically acclaimed engagements at Royal Albert Hall; Sadler's Wells Theatre; and in the West End, where she garnered two Olivier Award nominations-Best Entertainment and Best Actress in a Musical-for the London engagement of Mostly Sondheim.

    A Grammy Award winner, her recent recordings, all for DRG Records, include Barbara Cook: Live from London, All I Ask of You, The Champion Season: A Salute to Gower Champion, Barbara Cook's Broadway, the Grammy nominated Count Your Blessings, Barbara Cook at the Met, No One Is Alone, Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder, The Essential Barbara Cook, Cheek to Cheek (with Michael Feinstein), You Make Me Feel So Young, and the just-released Loverman.

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  • Ted Rosenthal

    Ted Rosenthal has performed worldwide as a soloist, leader, and sideman with many jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, and James Moody. Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Mr. Rosenthal has released 13 CDs as a leader. His latest, Out of this World, reached the top of the US jazz radio charts in 2011.

    Mr. Rosenthal is artistic director of Jazz at Dicapo in New York City. He has also performed with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Jon Faddis and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Mr. Rosenthal is the pianist of choice for many top jazz vocalists, including Helen Merrill and Ann Hampton Callaway. He has appeared on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on National Public Radio and performed with David Sanborn on NBC's Night Music.

    Mr. Rosenthal's orchestral performances include solo and featured appearances with the Boston Pops, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

    A recipient of three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Mr. Rosenthal regularly performs and records his compositions, which include jazz tunes and large-scale works. He premiered and performed his second jazz piano concerto, "Jazz Fantasy," in May 2011 with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. He has also composed music for dance, including "Uptown," by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, premiered in New York in 2009 and currently touring around the world.

    Mr. Rosenthal received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. Active in jazz education, he is a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music and is on its Board of Trustees. He also teaches at The Juilliard School. In addition, Mr. Rosenthal presents jazz clinics throughout the world, often in conjunction with his touring. He was a contributing editor for Piano and Keyboard magazine, and has written feature articles for Piano Today and The Piano Stylist. Visit for more information.

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  • Lee Musiker

    Lee Musiker is a Steinway Artist who has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The New York Pops, Boston Pops, Hollywood Bowl, and London Symphony Orchestra. He has guest conducted the New York Philharmonic, as well as the Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras, in addition to the Houston and National symphonies. Mr. Musiker has also conducted Jerry Lewis's Labor Day Telethon, as well as the Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Lincoln Center Jazz orchestras.

    A native New Yorker and fourth-generation musician, Mr. Musiker returned to New York after a two-year tour with the Buddy Rich Band and began playing in the orchestra pits of many hit Broadway shows. He has been a guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, and has also been featured in Steinway and Keyboard magazines. 

    Mr. Musiker has been Barbara Cook's musical director since 2007, and has also collaborated with Mel Tormé, Maureen McGovern, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Joel Grey, Rita Moreno, Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Kathleen Battle, Denyce Graves, Nathan Gunn, Sylvia McNair, Julia Migenes, Ann Hampton Callaway, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, Michael Bublé, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Norah Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, and Jewel, in addition to instrumentalists Doc Severinsen, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, John Pizzarelli, Bob Brookmeyer, Bob Mintzer, and Joshua Bell.

    Since 2001, Mr. Musiker has been touring with the legendary Tony Bennett, and most recently was the music director / pianist for the multiple Grammy and Emmy award-winning album and television special Tony Bennett: Duets-An American Classic.

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You Make Me Feel So Young
Barbara Cook
Entertainment One

$10 student rush tickets available in the balcony. 
This performance is part of The Originals.