Performance Wednesday, April 3, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Standard Time with Michael Feinstein

Memories of You: 100 Years of American Standards Published by Shapiro Bernstein & Co.

Zankel Hall
Ring in the spring with a master of the American Songbook and special guest Peter Cincotti.


  • Michael Feinstein, Artistic Director

    with Special Guest:
    Peter Cincotti


  • Michael Feinstein

    Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and the Hollywood Bowl, as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.

    More than simply a performer, Mr. Feinstein has received national recognition for his commitment to celebrating America's popular song and preserving its legacy for the next generation. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, master classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. He also serves on the Library of Congress' National Recording Preservation Board-an organization dedicated to ensuring the survival, conservation, and increased public availability of America's sound recording heritage.

    Mr. Feinstein earned his fifth Grammy nomination in 2009 for The Sinatra Project, his Concord Records CD celebrating the music of "Ol' Blue Eyes." The Sinatra Project, Volume II: The Good Life was released last year. His Emmy-nominated TV special, Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Legacy-taped live at the Palladium in Carmel, Indiana-is currently airing across the country. His PBS series Michael Feinstein's American Songbook was the recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Television Broadcast Award; the first two seasons are now available on DVD and the third season is scheduled to air in 2013. For his nationally syndicated public radio program Song Travels, Mr. Feinstein interviews and performs alongside such music luminaries as Bette Midler, Neil Sedaka, Liza Minnelli, Moby, Rickie Lee Jones, David Hyde Pierce, and others.

    Mr. Feinstein's new book, The Gershwins and Me (Simon & Schuster) includes a CD of Gershwin standards performed with pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Recently, Mr. Feinstein released The Power of Two (a collaboration with Glee and 30 Rock star Cheyenne Jackson) and Cheek to Cheek (with Broadway legend Barbara Cook).

    Mr. Feinstein serves as artistic director of the Center for the Performing Arts-a $170 million, three-theater venue in Carmel, Indiana. The theater is home to an annual international Great American Songbook festival, diverse live programming, and a museum for Mr. Feinstein's rare memorabilia and manuscripts. In 2010, he also became director of Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz and Popular Song Series. In 2013, he replaced the late Marvin Hamlisch as the lead conductor of the Pasadena Pops.

    The roots of all this work began in Columbus, Ohio, where Mr. Feinstein started playing piano by ear when he was five. After graduating from high school, he worked in local piano bars for two years, moving to Los Angeles when he was 20. The widow of legendary concert pianist-actor Oscar Levant introduced him to Ira Gershwin in July 1977. Mr. Feinstein became Gershwin's assistant for six years, which earned him access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded.

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    Peter Cincotti

    Peter Cincotti-singer, songwriter, pianist, and native New Yorker-began playing piano at the age of three. While in high school, he regularly performed in clubs throughout Manhattan. In 2003, his debut album, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, reached number one on the Billboard jazz charts, making Mr. Cincotti the youngest artist ever to do so. This led to acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Olympia in Paris, the Montreux Jazz Festival (where he won an award in the renowned piano competition), Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, and many other prestigious venues around the world.

    Mr. Cincotti made his acting debut in the Kevin Spacey film Beyond the Sea, and also contributed to the film's soundtrack. He then made a cameo appearance in the blockbuster film Spider-Man 2, and soon after became the face of Ermenegildo Zegna's 2004-2005 fashion campaign. His original song "December Boys" was featured in the Australian film of the same title, starring Daniel Radcliffe.

    In 2006, Mr. Cincotti teamed up with 14-time Grammy Award winner David Foster to record his first album of all original material for Warner Bros. Records entitled East of Angel Town. His single "Goodbye Philadelphia" took the airwaves by storm, reaching the top of radio playlists throughout Europe. In the spring of 2009, he brought the album to the US by joining the artist Seal on his sold-out American tour.

    Mr. Cincotti explores musical styles that blend pop, rock, blues, and jazz, infusing each new song he writes with originality and startling energy. His unparalleled piano skills and brilliantly relevant songwriting make him one of the most unique and socially aware artists in the music industry today, a sentiment that is freshly showcased on his latest album Metropolis.

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Michael Feinstein
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Produced for Carnegie Hall by Michael A. Kerker / ASCAP.
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