Performance Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Standard Time with Michael Feinstein

"The Bad and the Beautiful" ... Celebrating David Raksin and Classic Film Songs

Zankel Hall
Michael Feinstein, backed by a 12-piece band conducted by Charles Prince, sings classic songs by some of Hollywood’s greatest composers. Feinstein performs music by David Raskin, the composer of the themes for The Bad and the Beautiful, Laura, and other memorable films, as well as favorites by other great masters of music for the silver screen.


  • Michael Feinstein, Artistic Director

  • with
    Charles Prince, Conductor

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.

    In April 2013, Mr. Feinstein released Change of Heart: The Songs of André Previn (Concord) in collaboration with the legendary composer-conductor-pianist. The album featured Previn's repertoire from his catalogue of pop songs that have most commonly been featured in motion pictures.

    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 AmericanSongbook
    was the recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Television Broadcast Award; the first two seasons are 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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  • Charles Prince

    American conductor Charles Prince studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He attended the Boston Symphony Orchestra's annual Tanglewood Music Festival in 1988 and 1989, taking master classes with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Gustav Meier, and Kurt Sanderling. Other important teachers include Robert Page and Jorma Panula.

    Today, Mr. Prince is a regular guest conductor of such orchestras as the Oregon Symphony, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Finland's Kuopi Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Canadian Brass with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.

    He was the musical director of the Bernstein gala at Pennsylvania's Majestic Theater, presented by Jamie Bernstein, and the Tony Award-winning production of James Joyce's The Dead on Broadway and in Los Angeles and Washington, DC. From 1996 to 2003, Mr. Prince was associate conductor of The New York Pops. In this position, he brought several world premieres of contemporary American composers to the stage of Carnegie Hall. In Moscow, he conducted the Moscow Symphony Orchestra in performances of Sibelius's Symphony No. 4, Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel, and Debussy's La mer. He has also led the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln (Germany), Munich Radio and Munich Symphony orchestras, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria), and Verbier Festival Orchestra (Switzerland).

    In tribute to his father, Broadway director Hal Prince, Charles conducted A Gala Concert for Hal Prince with the Munich Radio Orchestra and an international ensemble of singers at Munich's Gasteig, which was broadcast live over Bavarian radio and television, as well as recorded for a double-CD by First Night Records.

    Charles Prince is music director of Wiener Operettensommer in Vienna, Austria, and the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra in Plainfield, New Jersey.

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"Dream a Little Dream of Me"
Michael Feinstein | Carmel Symphony Orchestra
Duckhole Records

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