• Friday, Feb 3, 2012

    Carnegie Hall Presents The New York Pops with Grammy Award-Winning Guest Artist Patti Austin, Performing Ella Fitzgerald's Gershwin Songbook on Friday, March 16

    Plus the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart Return with a Premiere By Chris Brubeck with Time for Three; and a Special Tribute to Benny Goodman
    Photo at top of release by Carol Friedman.
    Program Information
    Friday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
    Patti Austin, Vocalist

    On Friday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, jazz vocalist Patti Austin joins The New York Pops under the direction of Steven Reineke to pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald’s classic recording of the George & Ira Gershwin songbook and commemorate the 65th anniversary of Fitzgerald’s Carnegie Hall debut. The concert features Nelson Riddle’s original symphonic arrangements of George and Ira Gershwin’s works, including “I Got Rhythm,” “’S Wonderful,” and “Our Love Is Here to Stay.” The concert, which features a special guest appearance by Riddle’s son, Christopher, is produced in association with the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation and the Nelson Riddle Foundation.

    The 1959 album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook, recorded with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, marked the first time that Fitzgerald and Riddle worked together. The album was the largest single recording project that Fitzgerald worked on, and it is considered to be an ambitious achievement in Western popular music. Riddle arranged nearly 60 Gershwin compositions for the album, including the two orchestral suites. It was this project that led Ira Gershwin to say he had "never known how good our songs were until I heard Ella sing them."

    Patti Austin’s album For Ella (2002, Playboy Jazz) was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

    About the Artists
    Grammy Award-winner Patti Austin crosses musical genres, has made over 20 solo albums, and has performed her nominated hit songs on the Grammy Awards and the Academy Awards broadcasts. As a performer, songwriter, and vocalist, she has had a star-studded career that began at the age of 4, making her one of the most beloved artists the world over and a mainstay on the Billboard Jazz Albums charts. Her 2007 album on the Rendezvous Entertainment label, Avant-Gershwin, won Austin the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. As with 2002's Grammy Award-nominated homage to Ella Fitzgerald, For Ella, Patti worked again with the WDR Big Band. She created unique and personal interpretations with arranger Michael Abene (Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, B.B. King), aiming for an operatic but contemporary feeling.

    Austin, the daughter of jazz trombonist Gordon Austin and goddaughter of musical legends Quincy Jones and Dinah Washington, made her stage debut with Washington at the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem at the age of four. She secured a contract with RCA Records when she was only five. During the 1970s, she was the undisputed "queen" of the New York session scene—her voice being heard behind such artists as Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, James Brown, Joe Cocker, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross, and Diana Ross, as well as on countless memorable commercial jingles. At the beginning of the 1980s, Austin earned a wider audience through her participation on a series of albums with Jones including his best-selling Stuff Like That, his Grammy Award-winning classic The Dude, and From Q With Love Vols. 1 & 2. Austin’s early solo career resulted in the chart-topping, Grammy Award-nominated hit "Baby Come To Me," a now classic duet with James Ingram; the Jam-and-Lewis-produced R&B smash "The Heat of Heat;" and the Oscar-nominated "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" Austin's 1988 album The Real Me featured a powerful collection of pop and jazz standards including "Cry Me A River,” "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," and "Mood Indigo." Austin has also written and created her own one-woman show, and co-created the musical extravaganza Beboperella, a modern-day, music-driven show that brings the sound and spirit of bebop to a new generation. She also is the co-creator of Oh Freedom, a show exploring the African-American quest for freedom and equality in America. Austin is one of over 70 artists featured on "We Are the World: 25 for Haiti" charity single in aid of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

    Steven Reineke’s boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation’s most sought-after pops conductors, composers, and arrangers. As Music Director of The New York Pops, Reineke conducts the orchestra’s annual Carnegie Hall concert series, leads concert tours, recordings, and nationwide telecasts. Mr. Reineke is the newly appointed Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Long Beach and Modesto Symphony Orchestras. Previously, he was Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, where for fifteen years he served as a composer, arranger, and conducting protégé of the late celebrated pops conductor Erich Kunzel. Steven Reineke’s notable guest conducting appearances include the Boston Pops, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and his debut at the Hollywood Bowl in 2007. Reineke is also an established symphonic composer, with his works most recently performed by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall, enjoying one of their highest subscription renewal rates. The New York Pops was founded by Skitch Henderson in 1983 with a mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America’s rich musical heritage. Along with performing at Carnegie Hall, The New York Pops tours throughout the world and gives free concerts in New York City parks. The New York Pops’ extensive education programs allow thousands of public schoolchildren to participate in concert and music-making experiences at Carnegie Hall and in schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced from $37—$108, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, www.carnegiehall.org.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.
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