With over 350 million record sales to his name, Johnny Mathis has been lighting up the world of popular music for half a century. See him this month, when the Grammy Hall of Famer lends his incomparable vocal talents to the North Carolina Symphony in a showcase of poignant classics. The concerts take place at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, at 8:00 p.m.
The program begins with Resident Conductor William Henry Curry leading the Symphony in works ranging from Mendelssohn to Cole Porter. Mathis takes over the evening’s second half, with the orchestra under the direction of Scott Lavender.
Mathis was a born performer and athlete heralded in high school as “the best all-around athlete to come out of the San Francisco Bay Area.” He landed his first professional singing gig in 1955, only to be signed by legendary Columbia Records executive George Avakian at 19 years old.
He has since developed an iconic legacy with chart-toppers “Angel Eyes,” “Babalu,” “It’s Not for Me to Say,” “Misty,” “Chances Are,” “Wonderful, Wonderful,” and more. Mathis’s Greatest Hits album spent an unprecedented 490 continuous weeks on the Billboard Top Albums Chart, and he remains one of only five recording artists to have Top 40 hits in the four decades following 1955.
Tickets to this special event performance range from $70 to $90. Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601.
For tickets and more information, visit the North Carolina Symphony Web site at ncsymphony.org or call 919.733.2750.