Ventura Music Festival

Michael Feinstein

Stories & Songs from the Great American Songbook

Sunday, July 23, 7:00 pm
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA

Michael Feinstein
piano & vocals

Michael Feinstein plays the Steinway Piano

Michael Feinstein has built a dazzling career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American songbook to the world. From recordings that have earned him five Grammy© Award nominations to his Emmy© nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed NPR series and concerts spanning the globe—in addition to his appearances at iconic venues such as The White House, Buckingham Palace, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House—his work as an educator and archivist define Feinstein as one of the most important musical forces of our time.

In 2007, he founded the Great American Songbook Foundation, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs. He also serves on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board.

Michael was born and raised in Columbus (OH) where he started playing piano by ear as a 5-year-old. After graduating from high school, he moved 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 Feinstein became Gershwin’s assistant for six years, which earned him access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded.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.

Feinstein, Principal Pops Conductor for the Pasadena Symphony since 2012, launched an additional Pops series at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in Palm Beach (FL) in 2014. He serves as Artistic Director of the Palladium Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel (IN) and is the director of the Jazz and Popular Song Series at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. His nightclubs—at San Francisco’s Nikko Hotel and Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City—present top music talent.

Michael’s book The Gershwins and Me features a CD of Gershwin standards. Other CD highlights include The Sinatra Project; Cheek to Cheek with Barbara Cook; Change Of Heart: The Songs of Andre Previn; Hopeless Romantics; Only One Life—The Songs of Jimmy Webb; and The Michael Feinstein Anthology.

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