Presented by the Santa Rosa Symphony and
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
Ode to Ella & Gershwin
Sunday, October 30, 2011- 3pm
Ella Fitzgerald and George Gershwin—two iconic names that will forever be linked, thanks to Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook, a 1959 five-album set. Ella recorded 62 of the iconic songs composed by the Gershwin brothers, all with arrangements by Nelson Riddle. Six-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Nnenna Freelon brings the best of this historic collaboration back to life with the original arrangements, all conducted by Michael Berkowitz, Nelson Riddle's drummer and associate conductor for 13 years.
"Someone To Watch Over Me," "Our Love Is Here To Stay," "Fascinating Rhythm," "The Man I Love" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me" are just a few of the vocal offerings. Plus, the Santa Rosa Symphony orchestra will be performing Riddle rarities, some never before played in public.
Rich Ridenour, said to be a cross between Steve Martin and Victor Borge, joins Michael Berkowitz and the Santa Rosa Symphony for an evening of Hollywood's favorites. The music includes "As Time Goes By," "Theme from Forrest Gump" and grand movie moments such as the theme from Exodus and the Warsaw Concerto from Dangerous Moonlight. Rich also takes movie masterpiece requests from the audience. Maestro Berkowitz will be making his piano debut with the Symphony Pops, performing Gracie Allen's Concerto for Index Finger!
A Tribute to the Ladies of Motown captures the energy of The Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas, the Marvelettes and other female artists from an amazing musical era. The ladies of the quartet Radiance perform "Stop In the Name of Love," "Dancing in the Streets," "Please Mr. Postman," "You Keep Me Hanging On" and more. The members of Radiance (Wendy Edmead, Marqué Munday, Yolanda Tharrington and Crystal Robinson) provide an array of talent that never leaves the audience wanting, unless it's wanting more! They have starred in every showroom on the Las Vegas strip as well as in various national and international Motown tribute tours.