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A Knupp & Watson & Wallman Music Celebrations Series Event

Michael Feinstein and his Big Band

MD Sam Kriger SAXES

Jerry DiMuzio, Alto 1 Ron Foster, Alto 2 John Wojociechowski, Tenor 1 Paul McGinley, Tenor 2 Les Thimmig, Baritone


Danny Barber Brett Murphy Art Davis Rick Leister


Scott Bentall Joel Adams Kyle Samuelson Mile Young

GUITAR Pat Ferreri

BASS Jim Cox

DRUMS Albie Berk FRI, APR 1 2011 | Overture Hall

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SUPPORTING Escapes from reality. Beauty. Celebrations of life. Tales of heroism. Elegance. Magical moments. Villains and heroes. Brilliant performers. Melancholy melodies. Costumes to die for. Ear candy. Soprano solos. Local stars. Ballads of love. Tales of betrayal. Memories made. Romantic evenings. King of the Rat Pack. Feasts for the eyes. Fresh perspectives. Date night. Psychedelic flashbacks. Masters of the six strings. Boogie-woogies on the ivories. Storytellers. Spectacles of monumental proportions.

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Michael Feinstein, the multiplatinum-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 and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. More than simply a performer, 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. Feinstein earned his fifth Grammy Award nomination in 2009 for The Sinatra Project, his Concord Records CD celebrating the music of “Ol’ Blue Eyes.” His PBS series Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook, in which he uncovers treasures of classic American music, is now available on DVD, with an additional disc of bonus features. The series, the recipient of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Television Broadcast Award, will return with six primetime episodes in the fall of 2011. Recently, he released the CDs The Power Of Two, collaborating with “Glee” and “30 Rock” star

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Cheyenne Jackson and Cheek To Cheek, recorded with Broadway legend Barbara Cook. If that weren’t enough, Feinstein serves as Artistic Director of the Palladium Center for the Performing Arts, a $170 million, three-theatre venue in Carmel, Indiana, which opened in January 2011. The theater is home to an annual international Great American Songbook festival, diverse live programming and a museum for his rare memorabilia and manuscripts. Starting in 2010, he became the director of the Jazz and Popular Song Series at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. Feinstein has written the score for the new stage musical The Gold Room, and is working with

MGM to turn The Thomas Crown Affair into a Broadway musical. He also has designed a new piano for Steinway called “The First Ladies,” inspired by the White House piano and signed by several former First Ladies. It was first played to commemorate the Ronald Reagan centennial on February 6, 2011. In 2005, Feinstein recorded Hopeless Romantics, a songbook of Harry Warren classics recorded with legendary jazz pianist George Shearing. The previous year, he completed a national tour with songwriting icon Jimmy Webb based on their album Only One Life – The Songs of Jimmy Webb. The disc was named one of 10 Best CDs of the Year by USA Today. In 2003, Feinstein received his







Overture’s free and low-cost community and education programs are at the heart of our mission to engage the entire community in the arts. In fact, last season, these programs served more people in our community than the total number of tickets sold to all of our performances. These programs are possible only through the generosity of contributors to the Ovation Fund – people just like you who recognize the transforming benefits of the arts and want to ensure that everyone in our community can experience them. LEARN MORE WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR DONATION ONLINE AT OVERTURECENTER.COM/CONTRIBUTE. OVERTURE’S FREE AND LOW-COST COMMUNITY AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS INCLUDE: Community Ticket Vouchers, Kids in the Rotunda, Duck Soup Cinema, Take 10, International Festival, Overture Galleries, Artist Residencies, Community Arts Access Program, OnStage Performing Arts Series, The Tommy Awards, Educator Workshops, Meet the Artist, Wisconsin Writers Series and Overture After Work

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A ProVIDEO Comedy & Theater Series Event

SAT, APR 30, 7 pm

$26 – $34 | Capitol Theater

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This tender, loving, life-affirming Tonynominated one man show celebrates the life and career of George Burns, played by Alan Safier, as he finds himself caught between this world and the next, unable to join his beloved Gracie until he summons one last command performance. “You’ll be in heaven yourself, at least for an hour and a half.” — New York Times



fourth Grammy nomination for his release Michael Feinstein with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, his first recording with a symphony orchestra. The year before, Rhino/ Elektra Music released The Michael Feinstein Anthology, a two-disc compilation spanning the years 1987 to 1996 and featuring old favorites and previously unreleased tracks. Michael’s own record label, Feinery, a Concord Records subsidiary, released The Livingston & Evans Songbook, featuring Feinstein and special guest Melissa Manchester. Feinery also records favorite current artists and restores recordings and musical broadcasts from the golden age of popular song. His Manhattan nightclub, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, has presented the top talents of pop and jazz, including Rosemary Clooney, Steve Tyrell, Barbara Cook, Glen Campbell, Diahann Carroll, Jane Krakowski, Lea Michele, Cyndi Lauper, Jason Mraz and Alan Cumming. Feinstein appears there for a sold-out holiday engagement every year. His many other credits include scoring the original music for the film Get Bruce and performing on the hit television series “Better With You,” “Caroline in the City,” “Melrose Place,” “Coach,” “Cybill“ and “7th Heaven.” The roots of all this work began in Columbus, Ohio, where Feinstein started playing piano by ear as a 5-year-old. After graduating from high school, he worked in local piano lounges 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. 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. Gershwin’s influence provided a solid base upon which Feinstein evolved into a captivating performer, composer and arranger of his own original music. He also has become an unparalleled interpreter of music legends such as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington and Harry Warren. Feinstein has received three honorary doctorates. Through his live performances, recordings, film and television appearances, and his songwriting (in collaboration with Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Lindy Robbins and Carole Bayer Sager), Feinstein is an all-star force in American music. For more information, please visit



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BASS Jim Cox DRUMS Albie Berk MD Sam Kriger FRI, APR 1 2011 | Overture Hall A Knupp & Watson & Wallman Music Celebrations Series Eve...