Performance Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Standard Time with Michael Feinstein

ASCAP ... A Centennial Celebration

Zankel Hall


  • Michael Feinstein, Artistic Director

  • with Special Guests:
    Liz Callaway
  • Siedah Garrett
  • Jimmy Webb

  • with Pianists:
    Barry Eastmond
  • Alex Rybeck

Event Duration

The printed 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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  • Liz Callaway

    Liz Callaway is a Tony-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer, and recording artist. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years won acclaim as Grizabella in Cats. She has also starred in the original casts of Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, and The Look of Love.

    Off-Broadway, Ms. Callaway received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in The Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons), and also appeared in Brownstone (Roundabout Theatre Company), No Way to Treat a Lady, Marry Me a Little, and Godspell. Other New York appearances include the legendary Follies in Concert at Lincoln Center, A Stephen Sondheim Evening, Fiorello! (City Center Encores!), and Hair in Concert.

    Ms. Callaway has established a major career as a concert and recording artist. The award-winning Sibling Revelry (created with sister Ann Hampton Callaway) was presented to great acclaim at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Boom!, a celebration of the music of the 1960s and '70s (also created with her sister), was recorded live at Birdland and is currently touring performing arts centers around the country. She had the pleasure of co-starring with Jimmy Webb and Paul Williams in their critically acclaimed engagement at New York City's Feinstein's at Loews Regency, and joined Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder at Hal David's 90th birthday salute at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Her extensive list of performances with US symphony orchestras includes appearances at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, and the Hollywood Bowl. Worldwide, she has performed in China, Australia (with Stephen Schwartz), New Zealand, Iceland, Estonia, France (Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris), Slovenia, South Korea, and Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu, where she premiered a new concert of music by Stephen Sondheim.

    Ms. Callaway sang the Oscar-nominated song "Journey to the Past" in the animated feature Anastasia. She is also the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin and the King of Thieves and The Return of Jafar. Other film work includes the singing voice of the title character in The Swan Princess, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Beauty and the Beast, and The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars.

    Ms. Callaway received an Emmy Award for hosting Ready to Go, a daily, live children's program on CBS in Boston. Other TV credits include In Performance at the White House, Inside the Actors Studio (Stephen Sondheim), Christmas with the Boston Pops, and Senior Trip (CBS Movie of the Week). Ms. Callaway has released five solo recordings: Passage of Time, The Beat Goes On, The Story Goes On: Liz Callaway On & Off Broadway, Anywhere I Wander: Liz Callaway Sings Frank Loesser, and Merry and Bright. Her numerous other recordings include Sibling Revelry, Boom! Live at Birdland, The Maury Yeston Songbook, Dreaming Wide Awake: The Music of Scott Alan, Hair (The Actors' Fund of Amercia Benefit Recording), and the complete recording of Allegro (produced by the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization). Visit for more information.

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  • Siedah Garrett

    Two-time Academy Award nominee and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Siedah Garrett has created a body of musical work that spans more than three decades and includes collaborations with the most iconic names in entertainment. Ms. Garrett is the co-writer of the number-one smash hit "Man in the Mirror," the self-motivational anthem immortalized by Michael Jackson on his 1987 album Bad. She also performed with the King of Pop on that album's chart-topping first single "I Just Can't Stop Loving You." She subsequently performed with Mr. Jackson on his 1992-1993 Dangerous World Tour and in 2012 released the moving single "Keep On Lovin' You," her personal tribute to him.

    In 2006, Ms. Garrett received a Grammy Award and an Academy Award nomination for co-writing "Love You, I Do," sung by Jennifer Hudson in the 2006 film adaptation of Dreamgirls. She received her second Oscar nomination for "Real in Rio" from the animated 2011 feature Rio and recently completed writing with Sérgio Mendes for its sequel, Rio 2.

    In addition, Ms. Garrett has recorded and collaborated with such music giants as Quincy Jones and Madonna, with whom she toured internationally. She has written songs that have been performed and/or recorded by Jennifer Hudson; Jamie Foxx; Earth, Wind & Fire; Aretha Franklin; Ray Charles; Miles Davis; Al Jarreau; Sarah Vaughan; Ella Fitzgerald; Patti Austin; Donna Summer; Toto; Sheena Easton; Chaka Khan; Natalie Cole; Roberta Flack; Dionne Warwick; The Corrs; The Brand New Heavies; The Pointer Sisters; Amy Grant; Barry White; Paula Abdul;; Jordan Sparks; Vanessa Williams; Richard Elliot; and the Freemasons, among others. Ms. Garrett's duet with former Temptations member Dennis Edwards, "Don't Look Any Further," is a classic R&B hit.

    Ms. Garrett continues to work closely with Quincy Jones, co-writing "I Know I Can," the official theme song for the opening ceremony of the 2007 Special Olympics, as well as "Better City, Better Life," the official opening ceremony theme song of the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.

    In 2013, Ms. Garrett received the prestigious International Achievement Award at the Ischia Global Film and Music Fest, and also received a "Heroes and Legends" Award from the 24th Annual HAL Awards, sponsored by Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. She also appeared in the 2013 Sharon Stone-produced documentary Femme: Women Healing the World, performing her original song "Answer's Always Love." In addition, she has been contracted by director Spike Lee to write the lyrics for the end-title song of his latest film. She served as an in-studio vocal producer for the 12th season of American Idol and remains an active voiceover artist for multiple advertising campaigns, most notably Toyota.

    Ms. Garrett is a newly elected member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Music Branch, and serves on the Board of Governors of the Recording Academy's Los Angeles Chapter. She is currently compiling a book of her 30 favorite original lyrics, including back-stories and photos, entitled Siedah Garrett: In My Own Words, in addition to putting the finishing touches on her own autobiographical one-woman stage show, Siedah Garrett: Behind the Man in the Mirror.

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  • Jimmy Webb

    Jimmy Webb, the Oklahoma-born son of a preacher, is a critically acclaimed songwriting talent whose music has thrilled audiences for more than 40 years with a chain of memorable hits. Mr. Webb is the only artist to ever receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration. He has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame. In 2003, he was the recipient of the Songwriters Hall of Fame's prestigious Johnny Mercer Award.

    Though best known for the instant classics he penned for such artists as Glen Campbell ("By The Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston"), Richard Harris ("MacArthur Park," "Didn't We"), The 5th Dimension ("Up, Up and Away"), Brooklyn Bridge ("Worst That Could Happen"), Art Garfunkel ("All I Know"), Joe Cocker ("The Moon's A Harsh Mistress"), and many more, Mr. Webb continues to write new songs that are as carefully crafted and magical as his legendary hits. Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson hit the top of the charts in the late-1980s with a new standard: "The Highwayman," a ballad that won Mr. Webb another Grammy for Best Country Song of the Year and a CMA Award for Single of the Year. Linda Ronstadt, who has recorded a multitude of his songs throughout her career, included four of his efforts on her double-platinum album Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind, and scored a top-10 hit in 1990 with her rendition of "Adios." Mr. Webb's songs continue to grace a galaxy of major recording artists' albums, from Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney to Urge Overkill and R.E.M.

    In addition to writing songs for other artists, Mr. Webb has been releasing albums of his own for many years, including the acclaimed 2010 release Just Across the River, which features such collaborators as Billy Joel, Vince Gill, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, and Glen Campbell. His 2013 album release, Still Within the Sound of My Voice, features vocal duets with Carly Simon, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson, Brian Wilson, Amy Grant, America, Joe Cocker, Keith Urban, David Crosby, and Graham Nash. In 1999, Mr. Webb wrote Tunesmith. He became chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in January 2011.

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