Newsroom

October 19, 2015



MEDIA CONTACTS:

Vanessa Astros
Senior Director, Communications

(713) 337-8560
vanessa.astros@houstonsymphony.org

Kristen Bennett
PR Coordinator
(713) 337-8557
kristen.bennett@houstonsymphony.org

HOUSTON SYMPHONY CELEBRATES FRANK SINATRA’S HUNDREDTH BIRTHDAY WITH “SINATRA’S CENTENNIAL” CONCERTS

October 30-31, November 1, 2015

HOUSTON (October 19, 2015) —The Houston Symphony will pay tribute to Frank Sinatra’s life with a program featuring timeless classics at 8 p.m. on October 30 and 31 and 7:30 p.m. on November 1. Led by Principal POPS Conductor Designate Steven Reineke, the program will include two of his own arrangements and reflect the style of music that “Ol’ Blue Eyes” popularized in the 1940s and 50s.

Vocalists Tony DeSare and Montego Glover will perform favorite American tunes, including Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Way” and “The Lady Is a Tramp.” Described by The New York Times as “two parts Sinatra to one part Billy Joel,” DeSare is a multi-talented singer, composer and pianist with three top-ten Billboard jazz albums in his musical career. Joining DeSare on stage in Glover, a Tony Award Nominee and award-winning actress who originated the lead role of Felicia Farrell in the Tony-winning musical Memphis in 2010. She has appeared in several television shows, including Smash, The Good Wife and Law & Order.

The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.

Sinatra’s Centennial
Steven Reineke, conductor
Tony DeSare, vocalist & pianist
Montego Glover, vocalist
Friday,October 30, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets starting at $25

About Tony DeSare

Tony DeSare performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness and robust musicality. Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, DeSare has lived up to this distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas, headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old-school class around the globe. DeSare has three top-ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, the Today Show and his music has been posted by social media celebrity juggernaut George Takei. He is also an accomplished, award-winning composer. His compositions include a wide-range of romantic, funny, and soulful sounds that can be found on his top-selling recordings. DeSare, a Yamaha artist, releases new recordings, videos of standards and new originals every few weeks on his YouTube channel, iTunes and Spotify

About Montego Glover

Tony Award Nominee and award-winning actress Montego Glover is currently appearing in It Shoulda Been You at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway. She originated the starring role of Felicia Farrell on Broadway in Memphis (Tony Award, Best Musical 2010) for which she received a Tony Award Nomination for Lead Actress in a Musical, a Drama League Nomination and won both the Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama Desk Award for her performance.
            Ms. Glover made her Broadway debut in The Color Purple and has been a guest artist at the Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle’s 5th Ave Theatre, Huntington Theater, and the Geffen Playhouse, among others. She has performed with the New York Pops, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center Theater, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Caramoor Music Festival, the Delacorte Theatre, and the Smith Center (PBS Special). Her television and film roles include FOX’s The Following, ABC’s Black BoxHostages, Smash, Golden Boy, The Good Wife, White Collar, NYC 22, Law & Order, Made In Jersey and the upcoming feature, Alone, as well as numerous commercials, voiceovers and animated characters.    Ms. Glover has also served as a member of the Artists’ Committee for the Kennedy Center Honors and is a New York Pops Ed Ambassador. 

About the Houston Symphony

During the 2015-16 season, the Houston Symphony will celebrate its second season with Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada, and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $32.8 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians and 4 community-embedded musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances for 330,000 people, including 97,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.

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