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Summerfest –Michael Feinstein standing in for the NC Symphony

Saturday, June 13
7:30 p.m.
Tickets On Sale
April 15
$30 In Advance; $35 Day of Show

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Don’t let the boyish good looks and boundless energy fool you; Michael Feinstein is rapidly approaching two silver milestones. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the four time Grammy nominees’s professional debut and his recently released album, The Sinatra Project, from Concord Records, is his 24th release.

The Sinatra Project, Feinstein’s first recorded tribute to the performer, takes his dynamic career in an exciting new direction. As for his choice of subject, Feinstein explains that “Sinatra considered himself, first and foremost, an interpreter of song, and his influence on other entertainers is incalculable. He has become so thoroughly entrenched in the history of American popular song that it is impossible to open your mouth and sing without his influence being part of that.

“For years I’ve had the desire to celebrate Sinatra’s musical sensibilities, but I have no desire to copy the classic songs that he rendered better than anyone else. I wanted to create an album that would explore his style of singing and his style of music” comments Feinstein.

To that end, Feinstein and producer-arranger Bill Elliott decided to record the album as they would have fifty years ago, in the famous last surviving recording studio from the days of Stereo, Capital Studio A in Hollywood. “We set up the recording sessions the way they were done back in the day, with the entire ban in one room, drums next to the trumpets and saxes and only a handful of microphones to capture the warmth and depth of the music” added Elliott.

The album is comprised of classics such as “Fools Rush In”, “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” “At Last Love” “Exactly Like You,” and many more. Feinstein not only pays homage to Sinatra, but to many of his contemporaries, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat “King” Cole, Rosemary Clooney and other great singers of the post-war, pre-rock years. They even called upon Sinatra’s favorite songwriter Alan and Marilyn Bergman to consult as Feinstein recorded “The Same, Hello, the Same Goodbye” originally written for Sinatra.

Arguably the world’s foremost, and certainly the most passionate and indefatigable, anthropologist and archivist of the Great America Songbook, Feinstein has dedicated his career to preserving, protecting and promoting the work of great tunesmiths, ranging from household names like Gershwin, Porter and Berlin to such lesser-known craftsmen as Hugh Martin and Burton Lane. It’s no wonder that the Library of Congress invited him to serve on its elite National Sound Recording Advisory Board.

Michael Feinstein started playing the piano by ear when he was five; he moved to Los Angeles when he was 20 and was introduced to the great lyricist Ira Gershwin by the widow of the legendary concert pianist-actor, Oscar Levant. After launching his own career he was spotted by Liza Minnelli who was so impressed with the young musician, she helped launch his career. Feisntein became a household name after his Broadway Show, Isn’t It Romantic, which opened in 1986. Through his live performances, recordings, film and TV appearances and song writing, he has become one of the premier interpreters of American popular song.

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