American Songbook: Then and Now | The Philly Pops

American Songbook: Then and Now

Michael Krajewski, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Mar 13-15, 2015
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Tony DeSare, singer/pianist

Whether he’s swingin’ like Frank Sinatra or sizzlin’ like Jerry Lee Lewis, internationally acclaimed singer/pianist Tony DeSare will thrill The Philly POPS audiences in American Songbook: Then and Now. Conducted by Philly POPS Music Director Michael Krajewski, DeSare will perform the great jazz standards from the classic American Songbook and add new standards that bring a contemporary touch to this collection of music.

Beyond the expected concert that focuses on the great standards of the Tin Pan Alley era, in American Songbook, Then and Now, DeSare puts a modern day twist on the music to make this show unlike any other of its kind.  As it said in The New York Times, “He is two parts Sinatra to one part Billy Joel, meshed seamlessly ... A Sinatra acolyte in his early 30s who sings Prince as well as Johnny Mercer.” Audiences can expect to hear hits that range from Night and Day and I Love a Piano to Great Balls of Fire and The Times They Are a-Changin’. A DeSare fan, Krajewski said, “Tony DeSare is able to bring this sincere authenticity to all of these songs and to these diverse styles in a way that is so convincing and so endearing to all of us who listen to him.”

Helpful Information

This program, including intermission, is approximately two hours in length. Artists and program are subject to change without notice.

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"...Two parts SINATRA to one part BILLY JOEL..."
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American Songbook Program

The Philly POPS 2014/15 Season: American Song Book