The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will welcome Tony-nominated vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway to the stage at Orchestra Hall, where she and the symphony will bring the American Songbook to life. With Bob Bernhardt conducting and Ted Rosenthal on piano, the “Gershwin and the American Songbook” performance includes such classics as Rhapsody in Blue, Moon River and more. This DSO Pops Series performance takes place on Friday, Jan. 13 at 10:45 a.m.; Saturday, Jan. 14at 8 p.m. andSunday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m.
Ann Hampton Callaway is an insatiable creative spirit. As a champion of the great American Songbook, she has made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. A born entertainer, her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. She is best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical "Swing!" and for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series, “The Nanny.” Callaway is a Platinum Award winning writer whose songs are featured on five of Barbra Streisand's recent CD's. The only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland and Barbara Carroll. In February, Callaway will release her most powerful recording to date called, “At Last” on Telarc Records.
Conductor Bob Bernhardt brings a unique combination of infectious enthusiasm, a style of ease and a depth of musicianship to the podium. Equally at home with symphonic masterworks, opera and popular music in a variety of genres, Bernhardt’s conducting activity reflects his versatility and broad musical taste. He is Music Director Emeritus of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, having recently completed a 19-year tenure as Music Director. Bernhardt is also Principal Pops Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra where he celebrates his 30-year association with that orchestra during the 2011-12 season. He has previously served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic, Music Director and Conductor of the Tucson Symphony, and Principal Guest Conductor of Kentucky Opera.
Ted Rosenthal has performed worldwide as a soloist, leader and sideman with many jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, James Moody and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Rosenthal has released 12 CDs as a leader; his latest, "Impromptu," features jazz reimaginings of classical themes. His solo album, "The 3 B’s," received four stars from DownBeat magazine. He has also been a featured soloist with orchestras including the Detroit and Fort Worth Symphonies, and the Boston Pops. Rosenthal is Artistic Director of Jazz at Dicapo, a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, and a published author. A recipient of three NEA grants, Rosenthal composes jazz tunes and large-scale works, including music for Uptown for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Tickets to Gershwin and the American Songbook begin at $19 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at www.dso.org. Detroit residents may reserve a ticket for $20 each in any section, excluding the box level, within two weeks of the performance. A valid photo ID with a Detroit address is required. Military personnel who returned home this year may receive up to two free tickets to all Orchestra Hall Classical and Jazz concerts. Seating is subject to availability and excludes box level. Limit two tickets per performance. Tickets must be reserved within two weeks of the performance. Must show valid deployment orders upon ticket retrieval. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gershwin and the American Songbook
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
in Orchestra Hall
Bob Bernhardt, conductor
Ann Hampton Callaway, vocals
Ted Rosenthal, piano
Fri., Jan. 13 at 10:45 a.m.; Sat., Jan. 14 at 8 p.m.; and Sun., Jan. 15 at 3 p.m.
GEORGE GERSHWIN Strike Up the Band
GEORGE GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
GEORGE & IRA GERSHWIN Lady Be Good
STYNE, KAHN, GEORGE & IRA GERSHWIN A Beautiful Friendship/Love Walked In
GEORGE & IRA GERSHWIN Embraceable You
GEORGE & IRA GERSHWIN The Man I Love
MANCINI Moon River
ARLEN & KOEHLER Let’s Fall in Love
RODGERS & HART With a Song in my Heart
ELLINGTON & KURTZ In a Sentimental Mood
STYNE & CAHN Just in Time
ROMBERG & HAMMERSTEIN Lover Come Back to Me
ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY Create a Song
ARLEN & MERCER Blues in the Night