Standard Time with Michael Feinstein
Celebrating Stephen Sondheim at 90: His World and His Music
Michael Feinstein, Artistic Director
with Special Guests
Tedd Firth, Piano
Phil Palombi, Bass
Mark McLean, Drums
Event DurationThe concert will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
Produced for Carnegie Hall by Michael A. Kerker / ASCAP and Scott Coulter.
In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.
Michael Feinstein’s work as an educator, archivist, interpreter, and ambassador of the Great American Songbook have established him as a pre-eminent force in contemporary music. He has earned five Grammy and two Emmy nominations. His live concerts have spanned the globe, including such iconic venues as the White House, Buckingham Palace, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, and Sydney Opera House.
In 2007, Mr. Feinstein founded the Great American Songbook Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving and elevating America’s rich musical legacy by curating physical artifacts of its creators and performers; offering programs for the public and research opportunities for scholars, historians, and performers; and providing educational opportunities for student musicians, including the annual high school Songbook Academy. He also serves on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board, which ensures the survival, conservation, and increased public availability of America’s sound recording heritage.
His Emmy Award–nominated TV special Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy aired nationally in 2011. The PBS series Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook was broadcast for three seasons and is available on DVD. His most recent primetime PBS-TV special, New Year’s Eve at the Rainbow Room aired in 2014. For his nationally syndicated public radio program Song Travels, Mr. Feinstein interviews and performs alongside music luminaries such as Bette Midler, Neil Sedaka, Liza Minnelli, Rickie Lee Jones, and David Hyde Pierce.
Mr. Feinstein was named principal conductor of the Pasadena POPS in 2012. Two years later, he launched an additional pops series at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is also artistic director of the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, and director of the Jazz and Popular Song series at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Feinstein’s at the Nikko, Mr. Feinstein’s nightclub at San Francisco’s Nikko Hotel, has presented the top music talents since 2013. He debuted at Feinstein’s / 54 Below, his latest club in New York City, in late 2015.
Michael Feinstein was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, where he started playing piano by ear at age five. After graduating from high school, he moved to Los Angeles when he was 20. The widow of legendary concert pianist-actor Oscar Levant introduced him to Ira Gershwin. 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.
Gershwin’s influence provided a solid base upon which Mr. Feinstein evolved into a captivating performer, composer, and arranger of his own original music. He has also become an unparalleled interpreter of music by Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, and Harry Warren.
For more information, visit michaelfeinstein.com.
Tony nominee and Emmy winner Liz Callaway made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. She has gone on to star in Baby, Miss Saigon, The Look of Love, The Three Musketeers, and for five years appeared as Grizabella in the original production of Cats. Off-Broadway appearances include The Spitfire Grill (Drama Desk nomination), Marry Me a Little, and Brownstone. She recently starred in the one-person play Every Brilliant Thing at TheatreSquared and the European premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
Ms. Callaway sang the Academy Award–nominated song “Journey to the Past” in the animated feature Anastasia. Other film work includes the voice of Princess Jasmine in the two Aladdin sequels, The Swan Princess, and The Rewrite with Hugh Grant.
Ms. Callaway’s extensive concert and symphonic career has included appearances in London, Paris, Vietnam, Australia, China, and nearly every major city in the US. She performs regularly with her sister Ann Hampton Callaway, as well as composer Stephen Schwartz. She has also had the pleasure of singing with Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams, and the legendary Johnny Mathis. She has six solo recordings, including her newest album, The Essential Liz Callaway. For more information, visit lizcallaway.com.
Andy Karl is an Olivier Award–winning American stage, TV, and film actor. Mr. Karl’s variety of stage roles include Edward Lewis in Pretty Woman: The Musical; Phil Connors in Groundhog Day (Olivier and Outer Critics Circle awards, Tony and Drama Desk nominations); Rocky Balboa in Rocky (Tony nomination); Bruce Granit in On the Twentieth Century (Tony nomination); The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Drama Desk nomination); Kyle the UPS Guy in Legally Blonde: The Musical; and Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys. Other theater credits include Wicked, 9 to 5, The Wedding Singer, and Altar Boyz. On television, he is perhaps best known for his role as Sgt. Mike Dodds in season 17 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Mr. Karl and his wife, Orfeh, live in New York City with their rescue dogs.
Originally from a small farm town in Kentucky, Lily Rasmussen began her training as a dancer, graduating from the School for the Creative and Performing Arts as a contemporary dance major. She has also trained in musical theater and classical voice, as well as appeared in many regional and professional theater productions. After winning the 2018 Songbook Academy, she had a whirlwind year as the Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador, performing alongside Michael Feinstein. Ms. Rasmussen currently resides in New York City and attends Marymount Manhattan College, where she’s a musical theater major. She made her New York theater debut last spring in a production of Oh! What a Lovely War at the York Theatre Company, in addition to performing at Feinstein’s / 54 Below. She would like to thank Michael Feinstein and Terrence Flannery for their warm hospitality, sage advice, and ever-present support.