Performance Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Standard Time with Michael Feinstein

Cole Porter ... He's the Top

Zankel Hall


  • Michael Feinstein, Artistic Director

  • with Special Guests:
    David Garrison
  • Marti Stevens

  • Don Rebic, Piano

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 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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  • David Garrison

    David Garrison-best known as Steve Rhoades on the long-running comedy series Married … with Children-was most recently seen as Patrick Dennis in Little Me for Encores! at New York City Center. His Broadway credits include A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine (Tony nomination), Wicked (Carbonell Award), Titanic, Torch Song Trilogy, The Pirates of Penzance, Bells Are Ringing, and Strike Up the Band (Encores!). Off-Broadway, he has performed in I Do! I Do! (Drama Desk nomination); Middletown; New Jerusalem; It's Only a Play; By the Way Meet Vera Stark; and Silence! The Musical. He received a Helen Hayes Award for his work in Merrily We Roll Along (Arena Stage) and played the Devil in the world premiere of Randy Newman's Faust (La Jolla / Goodman). Mr. Garrison has guest starred on many television shows, including The West Wing; The Practice; Law & Order; The Good Wife; 30 Rock; NYPD Blue; Everybody Loves Raymond; Murphy Brown; Murder, She Wrote; Judging Amy; and LA Law. For PBS's Great Performances series, he was featured in On the Town with the London Symphony Orchestra and Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall.

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  • Marti Stevens

    Marti Stevens is internationally known for her appearances on concert and theater stages, in supper clubs, and on television and film. On Broadway, she was directed by Sir John Gielgud in his production of The Constant Wife starring Ingrid Bergman, in addition to performing in the musical First Impressions. Ms. Stevens also created the title role in the American revival of the Gershwins' Oh, Kay! She co-starred on the national tour and in the London production of Company, directed by Harold Prince. Also in London, she starred in Richard Rodgers's No Strings at Her Majesty's Theatre. Other tour credits include The Last of Mrs. Cheyney with Deborah Kerr, directed by Frank Dunlop. Ms. Stevens was Elvira in Sir Noël Coward's High Spirits, directed by the author at the Savoy Theatre. She created the title role in Paul Zindel's And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. She also joined Jean Simmons and Hermione Gingold on stage as Countess Charlotte Malcolm in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music. Her current projects include recording the cast Album of 42nd Street at Abbey Road Studios in London and a soon-to-be-released solo CD.

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"Two for the Road"
Michael Feinstein | Carmel Symphony Orchestra
Duckhole Records

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