Performance Friday, February 14, 2014 | 8 PM

Michael Feinstein

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Hailed as “the most prominent ambassador of the Great American Songbook” (Los Angeles Times), Michael Feinstein has received national recognition for his commitment to celebrating America’s popular song and preserving its legacy for the next generation. For this special Valentine’s Day treat, he’s joined by Laura Osnes, who delighted Broadway audiences with her Tony-nominated performances in Bonnie and Clyde and Cinderella; and Julian Ovenden, an English stage, television, and film actor and singer who is featured in the fourth season of Downton Abbey.


  • Michael Feinstein

  • with
    Laura Osnes
  • Julian Ovenden

  • Tedd Firth, Music Director and Piano
  • Bucky Pizzarelli, Guitar
  • Mark McLean, Drums
  • Sean Smith, Bass
  • Tony Kadleck, Trumpet
  • Aaron Heick, Saxophone

Event Duration

The program will last approximately two and one-half hours, including one 20-minute 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 American Songbook  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's book, The Gershwins and Me (Simon & Schuster) includes a CD of Gershwin standards performed with pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Recently, Mr. Feinstein released The Power of Two (a collaboration with Glee and 30 Rock star Cheyenne Jackson) and Cheek to Cheek (with Broadway legend Barbara Cook).

    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. In 2013, he replaced the late Marvin Hamlisch as the lead conductor of the Pasadena Pops.

    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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  • Laura Osnes

    Laura Osnes will be seen this spring in the off-Broadway revival of The Threepenny Opera that Martha Clarke will direct for Atlantic Theater Company. She recently wrapped a yearlong run as the title role in the Broadway production of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (Drama Desk Award; Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Drama League Award nominations). Other Broadway credits include Bonnie and Clyde (Tony Award nomination), which she also performed at the Asolo Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse, earning her a San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Lead Female Performance in a Musical. She has also appeared in the Tony-winning revival of Anything Goes (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire Award nominations), Lincoln Center's production of South Pacific, and her Broadway debut in the most recent revival of Grease. Other New York credits include Pipe Dream at Encores! and a one-night-only concert of The Sound of Music at Carnegie Hall. Her many regional credits include Kim MacAfee in Broadway: Three Generations at the Kennedy Center.

    On television, Ms. Osnes has been seen in the HBO pilot The Miraculous Year, written by John Logan and directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Sondheim: The Birthday Concert at Avery Fisher Hall, Six By Sondheim, the Kennedy Center Honors salutes to Barbara Cook (2011) and Dustin Hoffman (2012), and Elementary.

    Ms. Osnes made her cabaret debut at the Café Carlyle in 2012, resulting in her first solo CD, Dream A Little Dream: Live at The Carlyle. She quickly followed that appearance with an evening of Maury Yeston's music at 54 Below, which led to her second solo CD, If I Tell You: The Songs Of Maury Yeston.

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  • Julian Ovenden

    Julian Ovenden has built a reputation over the last decade as a truly versatile performer in constant demand on stage and screen, and in the recording studio. His training began at an early age as a chorister at St. Paul's Cathedral School in London. He subsequently won music scholarships to both Eton College and then to Oxford University before completing his training on a major Arts Council Bursary at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

    Mr. Ovenden's acting career began in a production of King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by Yukio Ninagawa. He was then cast by Michael Grandage in two hit shows at the Donmar Warehouse: Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along and Grand Hotel. He starred in Adrian Noble's A Woman of No Importance at the Haymarket and Richard Jones's Annie Get Your Gun opposite Jane Horrocks at the Young Vic, as well as originating the role of Armand in Michel Legrand's Marguerite in the West End opposite Ruthie Henshall. Mr. Ovenden played opposite Nathan Lane in a production of Simon Gray's Butley on Broadway and created the title role in Maury Yeston's Death Takes a Holiday for the Roundabout Theatre Company. Recent stage work includes collaborating on Harvey Weinstein's first foray into stage musicals with Finding Neverland and playing Georges Seurat in the first French production of Sunday in the Park with George at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

    On screen, Mr. Ovenden is well known to audiences for playing Andrew Foyle in the hugely popular series Foyle's War. He has appeared in many other TV shows, including Smash, The Forsyte Saga, The Royal, Any Human Heart, Agatha Christie's Poirot, Charmed, Related, Cashmere Mafia, A Christmas Carol, and Family Guy. He also recently finished filming the new season of the worldwide sensation Downton Abbey.

    As a singer, Mr. Ovenden signed a recording contract with Decca in 2011 and soon released his debut album If You Stay. He enjoys a special working relationship with the John Wilson Orchestra, with whom he collaborated on a Rogers and Hammerstein project for EMI released in early 2013. He is a regular performer in most of the UK's most prestigious venues, including Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Hippodrome, Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, St. David's Hall, and Dublin's National Concert Hall.

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"The More I See You"
Michael Feinstein
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