November 1, 2016
ACCLAIMED CROONER TONY DESARE SALUTES ULTIMATE PIANO MEN IN "I LOVE A PIANO"
Nov. 11,13, 2016
HOUSTON (Nov. 1, 2016) – Jazz singer, pianist and composer Tony DeSare returns to Jones Hall Nov. 11-13 to perform I Love a Piano, a program honoring ultimate piano men led by Principal POPS Conductor Mike Krajewski.
Considered a modern-day crooner in the tradition of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole as well as revivalists Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Bublé, DeSare will interpret classic pop piano mainstays like Gershwin’s jazz-influenced hallmark work, “Rhapsody in Blue,” Claude Debussy’s “Clair de lune,” Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah, I Love Her So Much,” Elton John’s “Philadelphia Freedom” and John Lennon’s “Imagine,” in addition to original songs that pay homage to the Great American Songbook.
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 is also an award-winning composer. His original songs have been featured in the 20th Century Fox film The Tooth Fairy and the 2005 indie hit My Date With Drew, in addition to several broadcast commercials. He has three Top-10 Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, and the Today Show.
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.
I LOVE A PIANO
Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Tony DeSare, piano and vocalist
Tickets from $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-10 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.?
Notwithstanding his critically acclaimed turns as a singer/pianist, DeSare is also an accomplished award-winning composer. He not only won first place in the USA Songwriting Contest, but has written the theme song for the motion picture, My Date With Drew, several broadcast commercials and has composed the full soundtrack for the December 2016 film Love Always, Santa. His sound is romantic, swinging and sensual, but what sets DeSare apart is his ability to write original material that sounds fresh and contemporary, yet pays homage to the Great American Songbook. His compositions include a wide-range of romantic, funny, and soulful sounds that can be found on his top-selling recordings.
DeSare’s forthcoming appearances include the Houston Symphony, The Philly Pops, Minnesota Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge, Napa Valley Performing Arts Center and the Wengler Center for the Arts in Malibu.
DeSare releases new recordings, videos of standards and new originals every few weeks on his YouTube channel, iTunes and Spotify. Follow Tony on Facebook, Twitter and subscribe on YouTube to stay connected.?
Tony DeSare is a Yamaha Artist.
ABOUT THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY
During the 2016-17 season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its third 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 $33.9 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 400,000 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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