Atlanta Symphony Hall New Years Eve 2013
Crooner and pianist extraordinaire Tony DeSare and his trio ring in the New Year with Michael Krajewski and the Orchestra for an evening of great American standards, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Porter and Prince(!). A surprising and thoroughly enjoyable way to celebrate the New Year!
Much in demand across the United States and Canada, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski is the first to ever hold the title at the Orchestra.
Known for his entertaining programs and clever humor, Michael Krajewski also holds the title of principal pops conductor with the Houston and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras.
As a guest conductor Michael has performed with the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Other guest conducting appearances include the San Francisco, Dallas, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis, Phoenix and National symphonies, as well as many other orchestras across the United States. In Canada he has led the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Edmonton and Winnipeg symphonies. Other international appearances include performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra in concerts in Belfast and Dublin.
Michael is the conductor of the video Silver Screen Serenade with violinist Jenny Oaks Baker that aired worldwide on BYU Broadcasting. On recording he has led the Houston Symphony on two holiday albums:Glad Tidings and Christmas Festival. Michael’s collaborative programs have included such artists as flutist James Galway, mezzo Marilyn Horne, guitarist Angel Romero, and pop artists Roberta Flack, Judy Collins, Art Garfunkel, Ben Folds, Doc Severinsen, Patti Austin, Sandi Patti, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Pink Martini, Rockapella, Ann Hampton Callaway, Cirque de la Symphonie, Classical Mystery Tour and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
With degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Michael furthered his training at the Pierre Monteux Domaine School for Conductors. He was a Dorati Fellowship Conductor with the Detroit Symphony and later served as that orchestra’s assistant conductor. He was resident conductor of the Florida Symphony and for eleven years served as music director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. Michael lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife Darcy. When not conducting he enjoys travel, photography, jogging, bicycling, and solving the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle.
Tony DeSare & Trio
Singer, pianist and songwriter Tony DeSare – whose third CD Radio Show was released by Telarc Records earlier this year – was named a “Rising Star” Male Vocalist in the 2009 Downbeat Critics Poll. He has won critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout the United States as well as in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. In January, launched an international tour with three weeks at the Algonquin Hotel’s Oak Room in New York, two weeks in London, then continues on to cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, St. Louis and Palm Beach. “Let’s Just Stay In,” one of the CD’s original songs, will be featured in the upcoming 20th Century Fox film The Tooth Fairy, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ashley Judd, Billy Crystal and Julie Andrews.
“With his dark hair, bright brown eyes and toothpaste smile that rarely fades,” raved The New York Times, “DeSare is one of the most promising young male performers. He is a Sinatra acolyte in his early 30s who sings Prince as well as Johnny Mercer.” According to USA Today, “DeSare belongs to a group of neo-traditional upstarts stretching from Harry Connick Jr, to Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum. DeSare covers old and newer pop and jazz standards without smothering or over-thinking the material.”
Tony DeSare performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness, and robust musicality. His takes on classic standards and sophisticated original compositions have earned him a reputation as one of country’s hottest young singer/pianists. His sound is romantic, swinging and sensual, but what sets Tony apart is his ability to write original material that sounds fresh and at the same time blends seamlessly with the Great American Songbook. Tony has the capability to glide from a standard by George Gershwin to a contemporary classic by Bob Dylan or Phil Collins to one of his inventive original songs with ease.
With a sexy, distinctive sound, Tony’s 2007 recording, Last First Kiss, spotlights a refreshingly contemporary combination of originals and standards, from Prince’s “Kiss” and Carole King’s “I Feel the Earth Move” to classics like “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To” and Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Heusen’s under-recorded gem “Come On Strong.” The album also features the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, a horn section, and Tony’s longtime sidemen Mike Lee on bass and Brian Czach on drums. The CD – which debuted at #5 on the Billboard chart and #3 on the Amazon.com ranking and also #2 on the iTunes jazz chart – was featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday.”
Want You, Tony’s debut CD, debuted at #16 on the Billboard chart when it was released in May 2005. The CD includes standards like “Two For The Road,” “Just In Time,” and “I Wish You Love,” as well as originals “Marry Me,” “How I Will Say I Love You,” and the title track. He performed selections from the CD on national broadcasts of the CBS Early Show, NBC Weekend Today and Fox News Channel.
Tony composed and performed the title theme to My Date With Drew, an independent documentary feature film about a guy who has 30 days and $1100 to get a date with Drew Barrymore. It has been featured on “The Tonight Show,” “The Today Show,” Playboy Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and Premiere. The film – awarded top honors at the New York Gen Arts Festival, the HBO Comedy Arts Festival and the Vail Film Festival – was released in theatres nationwide in 2005. The movie’s theme song, “If I Had Drew,” is featured on his debut CD.
He was personally selected by Sam Arlen, son of Harold Arlen, the composer of classic songs like “Over The Rainbow,” “Get Happy,” and “Stormy Weather,” to perform with the Duke Ellington Orchestra at Birdland for the recent Harold Arlen Centennial. His new big band show was presented by “Saturday Night Live” alum Joe Piscopo in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
Tony was born and raised in Glens Falls, New York to a musical family and began singing and playing professionally at 17. By the time Tony started college, he had opened for visiting headliners and built a large regional following playing to packed houses. The Tony DeSare trio was one of the most popular bands in central New York State while Tony attended Ithaca College. Tony and his band continually sold out shows in clubs and showcases throughout upstate New York. He took first place in the “IC Showcase,” a college sponsored national battle of the bands and was a semi-finalist in the MasterCardActs, a national talent search for college performers.
Shortly after moving to New York City in 1999, Tony was cast as the star of the long running Off-Broadway musical smash, Our Sinatra, in which he was praised by Variety for his “dapper charm.” In the fall of 2002, Tony performed at the legendary Apollo Theater where he first met jazz guitar icon Bucky Pizzarelli. Since then, Bucky has continued to perform with Tony’s band around the country. Tony was also featured in New York TV personality Bill Boggs’s Off Broadway show Talk Show Confidential at the John Houseman Theater.
DeSare’s noted versatility enables him to headline a variety of venues. He has performed at major jazz rooms like Birdland and the Blue Note with his quartet; posh nightclubs like the Café Carlyle and Feinstein’s at the Regency; with his big band in concert halls like Jazz at Lincoln Center; or with a 60-piece orchestra. For the 2009-2010 season, Tony will be headlining major symphonies around the country.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, currently in its 67th season, consistently affirms its position as one of America’s leading Orchestras by performing great music, presenting great artists, educating, and engaging.
The Orchestra is known for the excellence of its live performances, presentations, renowned choruses, and its impressive list of GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings. The leading cultural organization in the Southeast, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the region. Since September 2001, the Orchestra and audiences together explore a creative programming mix, recordings, and visual enhancements, such as the Theater of a Concert, the Orchestra’s continuing exploration of different formats, settings, and enhancements for the musical performance experience. Another example is the Atlanta School of Composers, which reflects Mr. Spano, and the Orchestra’s commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships defining a new generation of American composers. Since the beginning of his tenure (to date), Mr. Spano and the Orchestra have performed over 100 concerts containing contemporary works (composed since 1950), including 15 ASO-commissioned world premieres.
During its 32-year history with Telarc, the Orchestra and Chorus has recorded more than 100 albums and its recordings have won 27 GRAMMY® Awards in categories including Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance, Best Choral Performance, and Best Opera Performance.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs more than 200 concerts each year for a combined audience of more than a half million in a full schedule of performances which also features educational and community concerts. A recognized leader and supporter of contemporary American music, the Orchestra recently received the 2007 award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. In addition, Music Director Robert Spano was named Musical America 2008 Conductor of the Year. With the opening of the 12,000-seat Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (vzwamp.com) in May 2008, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra became the first U.S. orchestra to annually perform and present in its concert hall, and in two amphitheaters. In Summer 2008, the Orchestra celebrated 35 years at legendary Chastain Park Amphitheater, the award-winning 6,500 seat venue in Atlanta, during the Orchestra’s annual Delta Classic Chastain concert series (deltaclassicchastain.com).