• Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013

    The New York Pop's Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of Benny Goodman's Iconic Carnegie Hall Performance with Sing Sing Swing on Friday, November 1

    Concert Features Tony Award Nominated Singer Montego Glover
    and Clarinetist Dave Bennett

    Image courtesy of Carnegie Hall


    Program Information
    Friday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
    Montego Glover, Guest Artist
    Dave Bennett, Clarinet


    Sponsored by KPMG LLP

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    On Friday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, The New York Pops under the direction of Music Director Steven Reineke is joined by Tony Award nominee Montego Glover and clarinetist Dave Bennett for Sing Sing Swing, an all-swing music program that harkens back to the era when big bands ruled the dance floor. The program also pays tribute to the 75th anniversary of Benny Goodman’s storied debut at Carnegie Hall with his jazz orchestra. The concert, which took place on January 16, 1938, helped to elevate the status of swing music in the US and beyond, and included some of the brightest jazz luminaries of the day, including Count Basie and members of the Duke Ellington orchestra. The recording of Goodman’s performance at Carnegie Hall remains one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time.

    In a special prelude to this performance, Carnegie Hall hosts a “Strictly Lindy” dance contest at Providence NYC (331 West 57th Street) on Thursday, September 26 at 8:00 p.m. in which participants will compete for a chance to share the stage with The New York Pops at their November 1 performance. Judges including Steven Reineke, Montego Glover, Norma Miller, and Dawn Hampton will select three semi-finalists, and videos of their performances will be shared on Carnegie Hall’s YouTube channel for public voting beginning on October 1. The winner will be announced on October 18. The event includes social dancing, and will also serve as a season kick-off event for Carnegie Hall’s Notables, a ticket and membership program for music enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s. For more information about the contest and to view biographies of judges, please visit carnegiehall.org/swingdance. For information about Carnegie Hall’s Notables program, please visit carnegiehall.org/Support/Notables.

    Artist Information
    Award-winning actress Montego Glover last starred on Broadway as Felicia Farrell in the Broadway hit musical, Memphis (Tony Award, Best Musical 2010), for which she received a Tony Award Nomination for Lead Actress in a Musical as well as a Drama League Nomination. She won both the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award for her performance. Ms. Glover made her Broadway debut in the roles of Celie and Nettie in The Color Purple. She has been privileged to travel around the country performing at the Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle's 5th Ave Theatre, The Huntington Theater and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, among many others. Favorite roles include Sarah in Ragtime, Lorrell in Dreamgirls, Hermia in A Midsummer's Night Dream, Aida in Aida (for which she won an IRNE Award for Best Actress in a Musical), and TiMoune in Once on This Island (for which she received a Helen Hayes Award Nomination). Ms. Glover has also enjoyed concert work around the country and in New York. Her credits include: The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the prestigious Smith Center in Las Vegas. TV: “Hostages,” “Smash,” “Golden Boy,” “The Good Wife,” “White Collar,” “NYC 22,” “Law and Order,” and “Made In Jersey.” Commercial campaigns include: Campbell's Soup, Charmin, Subway, Verizon, Wishbone, Nickelodeon and McDonald's. Ms. Glover is a member of the Artists' Committee for the Kennedy Center Honors.

    Michigan clarinetist Dave Bennett is a self-taught musical prodigy who brings to life the classic sound and music of Benny Goodman. Dave began playing at age 10 and taught himself how to play Goodman songs by ear. At age 12 Dave was invited to the bandstand of the famous Sweet Basil jazz club in New York to sit in with the trumpet great Doc Cheatham. At 17 Bennett was selected as one of two high school students to have the opportunity to perform as a special guest soloist with The Count Basie Orchestra. Dave has performed in over thirty-five US States and in Canada and has appeared with thirty orchestras with his Tribute to Benny Goodman combo. Several of Benny Goodman’s famous band members—vibraphonist Peter Appleyard, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, and pianist Dick Hyman—have all strongly endorsed him as “the closest ever” to Goodman’s sound and style. Dave has performed with these icons in the US, Canada, and Europe and recorded with them on two albums. Dave was featured on two NPR network radio programs with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band on Jazz at Riverwalk. In April 2008 he made his European debut at The Bern International Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

    Steven Reineke is the Music Director and Conductor of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Principal Pops Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Reineke is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, Edmonton and Pittsburgh. As the creator of more than one hundred orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, where he served as Associate Conductor, Mr. Reineke’s work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America. A native of Ohio, Mr. Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned bachelor of music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition. He currently resides in New York City with his partner Eric Gabbard.

    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. Under the leadership of dynamic Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, The New York Pops continues to re-imagine orchestral pops music. The orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall. The New York Pops is dedicated to lifelong learning, and collaborates with public schools, community organizations, children’s hospitals and senior centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Pops Education allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional education with pure fun.
    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced $34 to $120, 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, 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. Artists, programs and prices are subject to change.
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