Phillip Fortenberry – Encore of “The Man at the Piano” at Smith Center October 7

 

Philip Fortenberry will reprise “The Man at the Piano,” an intimate acoustic 75-minute cabaret-style concert at the Smith Center’s elegant Cabaret Jazz showroom on Monday evening October 7 at 7 p.m.

Fortenberry brings his signature virtuoso playing style and personal stories of his life and career as a much sought-after Broadway pianist and a concert artist on prestigious stages from Lincoln Center to Carnegie Hall, from the Kennedy Center to the White House, all told with his own brand of southern charm.

 

As a versatile artist whose styles encompass a wide range of musical genres, Philip Fortenberry is a performer with an equally expansive career. Philip has recorded nine solo albums: “Fifth Sunday,”Farther Along,” and “Faith” are collections of inspirational and sacred songs; two seasonal offerings are entitled “Home for the Holidays” and “Christmas Matters.” “The Woods” is a series of improvisational reflections inspired by his home in south Mississippi. “Portraits in Music” plays tribute to the essence and aspects of significant individuals in Philip’s life, and “First Light” is inspired by daybreak in the Valley of Fire in the desert north of Las Vegas.

His most recently released CD is entitled “Broadway My Way” and is a collection celebrating the music from the Great White Way. A number of his selected sacred recordings have been developed as worship tools in a DVD format for Lifeway Christian Resources as part of a series entitled “Transitions.”

Phillip toured the U.S. and Canada in concert performances of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, starring Michael Crawford, and he has been a frequent guest with Lincoln Center’s “Meet the Artists” series.  In theautumn of 2001, Philip was the pianist for Harry Connick, Jr. and Susan Stroman’s Broadway production of Thou Shalt Not In October of 2002, along with actress Brenda Currin and director David Kaplan, Philip created and performed a fantasia based on Beethoven’s Emperor piano concerto for a new work entitled June Recital, based on the works of acclaimed author, Eudora Welty.  


He was the pianist for the Roundabout Theater’s Broadway revue of the music of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, The Look of LovePhilip was the associate music director for Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s pre-Broadway workshop production, Harmony.  Philip made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1986 as the pianist/conductor for Eartha Kitt, and he returned to Carnegie Hall in 2001 with The Three Irish Tenors for their Christmas concert.  He has also performed as pianist for Charlotte Church at Avery Fisher Hall at New York City’s Lincoln Center.

In 1990, Philip accompanied internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade at the Oregon Bach Festival.  They were invited to perform at the White House for the summit conference between Mikhail Gorbachev and George Bush.  Later that year, by invitation of President Bush, ‘Flicka’ and Philip performed at the Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations.

ImagePhilip performed at the 40th Annivesary Celebration of the United Nations. In 1996, he was privileged to accompany singer Laurie Beechman at the 70th birthday gala for Lady Margaret Thatcher in Washington D.C.

Currently a resident of Las Vegas, Philip was the associate conductor for Hairspray at the Luxor Theater, as well as the North American premiere of the rock musical extravaganza, We Will Rock You at the Paris, Las Vegas. He has played and conducted Mamma Mia! at the Mandalay Bay, and he is currently the associate conductor for the Las Vegas production of the hit musical, Jersey Boys at the Palazzo. 

Philip was the featured Artist-in-Residence at the Liberace Museum’s Cabaret Showroom in Las Vegas, where he regularly performed his critically acclaimed one-man show, Liberace and Me.

Philip has recorded nine solo albums: “Fifth Sunday,” “Farther Along,” and “Faith” are collections of inspirational and sacred songs; two seasonal offerings are entitled “Home for the Holidays” and “Christmas Matters.”“The Woods” is a series of improvisational reflections inspired by his home in south Mississippi.

Portraits in Music” plays tribute to the essence and aspects of significant individuals in Philip’s life, and “First Light” is inspired by daybreak in the Valley of Fire in the desert north of Las Vegas. His most recently released CD is entitled “Broadway My Way” and is a collection celebrating the music from the Great White Way. 

A number of his selected sacred recordings have been developed as worship tools in a DVD format for Lifeway Christian Resources as part of a series entitled “Transitions.” Philip is also a featured recording artist on the .Watchfire Music label. Entertainment reporter John Katsilometes called Fortenberry, “A fantastic man at the piano, one of our great treasures."

For tickets, call 702-749-2000 or check out The Smith Center

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