Standard Time with Michael Feinstein
A Century of Romance: 100 Years of Love Songs
Michael Feinstein, Artistic Director
with Special Guest
Event DurationThe concert will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
This performance is sponsored by Bank of America.
Michael Feinstein’s work as an educator, archivist, interpreter, and ambassador of the Great American Songbook has established him as a preeminent 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 2022, Mr. Feinstein will release Gershwin Country, an album of standards in duet with some of the biggest names in country music from Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss to Brad Paisley and Ronnie Milsap.
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.
Mr. Feinstein’s 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.
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. In 2019, he launched Feinstein’s at Vitello’s in Los Angeles, followed two years later by Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael in Carmel, Indiana.
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, where 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.
Grammy Award–winning Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a legendary pianist-composer-bandleader and Louis Armstrong’s long-time musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering vocalist-guitarist-bassist who performed with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Sy Oliver. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Ms. Russell has toured the world, performing and recording with David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, The Holmes Brothers, Wynton Marsalis, and Rosanne Cash, among others.
Since the 2006 release of her debut album, Cat, seven acclaimed and chart-topping albums have followed, including Strictly Romancin’, awarded France’s Prix du Jazz Vocal 2012, and Bring It Back in 2014. Ms. Russell was also a featured artist on a Grammy-winning soundtrack for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Her sixth album, Harlem On My Mind, was released in 2016 and received a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Her seventh album, Alone Together, followed in 2019 and held the top position on the JazzWeek Year-End Jazz Chart in addition to receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Her eighth album, Send For Me, was released last week. For more information, visit catherinerussell.net.