PITTSBURGH – Due to a programming conflict Patti LuPone’s appearance at Heinz Hall has been moved to Nov. 10-13, 2011.
In LuPone’s place, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will present the PNC Pops concerts, “Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project,” on June 16-19, 2011 at Heinz Hall. PSO Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch will conduct the shows at 7:30 p.m. June 16, 8 p.m. June 17 & 18, and 2:30 p.m. June 19.
Dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” Feinstein is a multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer who is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 150-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.
The Sinatra Project is Feinstein’s 2009 Concord Records CD celebrating the music of “Ol’ Blue Eyes.” Feinstein’s love of song also was celebrated in the PBS series Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook, in which he uncovers treasures from the Great American Songbook.
Feinstein is nationally recognized for his commitment to celebrating America’s popular song and preserving its legacy for the next generation. He serves on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board, which has been asked to ensure the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America’s sound recording heritage.
Before The Sinatra Project, Feinstein recorded Hopeless Romantics, a songbook of Harry Warren classics recorded with legendary jazz pianist George Shearing. In 2004, he completed a national tour with songwriting icon Jimmy Webb based on their CD Only One Life – The Songs of Jimmy Webb. The disc was named one of “10 Best CDs of the Year” by USA Today.
Current subscription and individual tickets for the June 16-19, 2011 concerts will be honored for the Feinstein performances. Individual tickets for “Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project” concerts range from $20 to $89 and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412.392.4900, or by visiting the PSO online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org.