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Michael Feinstein and CJO Review - A Magnificent Start of Auditorium Theatre’s Season

By Patricia Simms

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‘S Wonderful! ‘S marvelous! that we could hear, see, laugh with, swoon and sway, snap and tap the evening away with not only the incomparable Michael Feinstein but also with Jeff Lindberg’s world-renowned Chicago Jazz Orchestra.  What a perfect pairing!

 

So many ingredients and factors contributed to this perfect evening.  Feinstein’s gorgeous voice alone would have been enough.  Last night the audience was astonished at how long he held an exquisite note. But we were already captivated by his reverence for the lyrics.  And how anyone can turn a space as huge as the Auditorium Theatre into an intimate bistro is beyond me, but Michael did it. And he didn’t stop there. His rapport with the CJO was utterly astounding.  They were so musically in synch with one another it was like mind reading. 

 

The evening, a musical preview of his new book and album, The Gershwins and Me, featured beloved melodies of George and Ira Gershwin including Love is Here to Stay, Someone to Watch Over Me and Embraceable You

 

Frank Sinatra was also honored as Michael regaled us with selections from his Grammy-nominated CD, “The Sinatra Project,” and its follow up, “The Sinatra Project, Volume II—The Good Life.” The hits just kept coming as we were transported with cherished staples like Luck Be A Lady, and The Way You Look Tonight. He even invited the audience to sing along with That’s why the Lady is a Tramp.

 

But, for me, it was Cole Porter’s poignant So in Love with You Am I  from Kiss Me Kate that melted my heart. The concert was truly an unforgettable evening.

 



Michael Feinstein with Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra is part of ATRU’s Jazz Series Subscription including  Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah  (Jan. 19 – 20, 2013) and River North Dance Chicago with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic‘s The Cuban Project  (April 13,   2013).

 

Subscriptions for the Auditorium Theatre’s 2012-2013 season and discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are on sale. For more information or to purchase a subscription or group tickets call (312) 431-2357 or visit auditoriumtheatre.org

 

About Michael Feinstein

Dubbed “the Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” Michael Feinstein is considered one of the premier interpreters of American Standards. The multi-platinum-selling, five time-Grammy nominated entertainer’s 200-plus shows a year include performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, the Hollywood Bowl as well as The White House and Buckingham Palace. Introduced to the legendary Ira Gershwin at an early age, Feinstein became Gershwin’s assistant for six years where he not only honed his musical skills but earned access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded. Feinstein has received National recognition for his commitment to celebrating America’s popular song and has gone on to found 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, awarding scholarships and prizes to students across the country. Feinstein has participated in various television specials including “The Sinatra Legacy” currently airing on PBS and “Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook” which will return to primetime in February of 2013.

 

His albums have gone on to receive critical acclaim including USA Today’s “10 best CDs of the Year” for “Only One Life – The Songs of Jimmy Webb.” His own record label, Feinery, a Concord records Subsidiary, records current artists and works to restore recordings and musical broadcasts from the golden age of popular song.

 

Jeff Lindberg



About Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Chicago’s oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation, is one of the most highly regarded orchestra’s by the finest musicians in the field. Led by Artistic Director Jeff Lindberg,  the CJO is constantly looking for new challenges – both in repertoire and stylistic choices–infusing their sound with a spirit of versatility that has made the CJO a favorite performer not only in jazz venues, but just about anywhere big band music can be presented. The CJO is the professional jazz orchestra of choice for nationally headlining soloists, performing with a luminous list of artists and touring Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Denmark. The CJO has performed 23 straight years at The Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC (December 2 will be their 24th straight performance at that event) and created a concert series that is the longest-running jazz orchestra concert series in Chicago (13 years).

 

About the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, located at 50 E. Congress Parkway, is an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to presenting the finest in international, cultural and community programming to Chicago, and to the continued restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre. The Auditorium Theatre is generously supported by the Illinois Arts Council, CityArts, American Airlines and the Palmer House Hilton.  For more information about programming, volunteer and donor opportunities or theater tours, call (312) 922-2110 or visit auditoriumtheatre.org.

 

Published on Sep 30, 2012

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