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A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is Taylor Mac's multiyear effort to chart a subjective history of the United States through 246 songs that were popular throughout the country — and its disparate communities — from 1776 to the present day. In performing the work, Mac is joined by an orchestra — led by music director Matt Ray, who created new arrangements of all 246 songs — plus an ensemble of "Dandy Minions" and a variety of local special guests, including members of the audience cast as colonial needleworkers, World War One soldiers, and Yum Yum from The Mikado. Costume designer Machine Dazzle, a longtime Mac collaborator, has made by hand an outrageously imaginative, world-unto-itself costume specific to each decade.
A familiar game is combined with the magic of Broadway as musical director Joe Wicht and hostess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy test particpants' knowledge of show tunes while talented Bay Area musical theater actors sing familiar and new show tunes. Audience members marks their bingo cards to win Broadway and Hotel Nikko prizes, including tickets to Feinstein's at the Nikko performances.
Chris Mann is a classically trained singer-songwriter who is familiar to many as a finalist on Season 2 of NBC's The Voice representing Team Christina Aguilera in the final round. Since then, Mann has recorded music with Heather Headley, performed with Katherine McPhee, and toured with India.Arie as well as Idina Menzel. He also recorded two PBS specials, Chris Mann in Concert: A Mann for All Seasons and Home for Christmas: The Chris Mann Christmas Special.
Chris recently concluded a two-year, critically acclaimed run as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Tour, where he was called "the best Phantom since Michael Crawford."
Mann has released two CDs, Roads and Constellation, and will perform his signature songs as well as fan favorites from Broadway as well as tunes from his next studio album, Urban Songbook, which features reinventions and unexpected arrangements from the Great American Songbook.
An Evening With David Sedaris features the author of bestsellers Naked and Me Talk Pretty One Day. This event is a rare opportunity to see the humorist and National Public Radio contributor in an intimate setting. As always, Sedaris offers a mix of new readings and recollections, as well as a Q&A session and postshow book-signing. The event follows the release of his Theft By Finding Diaries (1977-2002), published in May of this year.
Note: An Evening With David Sedaris is intended for mature audiences.
Filled with world-class magic, fantastic storytelling, audience participation, and incredible live music by a concert cellist, this intimate performance weaves original, thought-provoking illusions, wit, humor, and dazzling live music together with an entertaining theatrical twist.
A wildly popular happening that has brought Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night since 2003, Jim Caruso's Cast Party is a hilariously impromptu variety show and open mic where showbiz superstars and up-and-comers deliver jaw-dropping musical performances and razzle-dazzle. Think American Idol meets The Tonight Show. Imagine Martin Short and Liza Minnelli throwing a hip house party around the baby grand…and you were invited!
Legendary showman Jim Caruso guides the entire affair with razor-sharp humor and the unbridled enthusiasm of an uber-fan, but the real fun starts when the audience participates in the onstage festivities. Theatrical legends, jazzers, cabaret divas, starry-eyed tourists, and kids right off the bus take to the stage and entertain each other. If you have a voice, a dream and some sheet music, your Cast Party moment awaits.
Experience an unforgettable concert dedicated to an American musical legend and king of epic film scores: composer John Williams. Listen to orchestral selections from blockbuster movies such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter. Relive all the adventure, fun, and magic of these classic films.
Note: This concert does not contain film clips.
From the poignant and heartrending songs of Édith Piaf to the spirited "Can-Can," the San Francisco Symphony celebrates all things French with Pink Martini's force of nature, vocalist Storm Large. Experience the spectacle and exuberance of France's most infamous club, the Moulin Rouge, on an evening of dazzling vocals and world-class artistry.
In this energetic evening of old school cool, pianist, singer-songwriter and Yamaha artist Tony DeSare and pianist, singer- songwriter, and two-time "Las Vegas Headliner of the Year" Frankie Moreno will duel at the piano, performing an eclectic range of standards from the Great American Songbook and favorites from Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles. In between, DeSare and Moreno will individually perform some of their original material as well as new takes on old classics.
Following two previous sold-out engagements, Well-Strung — the all-male string quartet — returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko for San Francisco Fleet Week. The classically trained foursome will perform pop and classical mash-ups featuring hits by Stevie Nicks, Rihanna, The Outfield, Queen, The Beatles, Lady Gaga, Jules Massenet, Henry Mancini, Pasek & Paul, as well as a few patriotic songs.
Well-Strung is composed of Edmund Bagnell (1st violin), Chris Marchant (2nd violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello), and Trevor Wadleigh (viola). Conceived by Mark Cortale and Marchant, the foursome formed in 2012 and has since gained international attention.
This concert is an upbeat, energetic, musical journey through America's greatest folk and pop songs of the 1960s, including "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?", "Blowin' in the Wind," "Leavin' on a Jet Plane," "If I Had a Hammer," and "California Dreamin'" — as well as "This Land Is Your Land" and other hits Florian performed as a featured singer in a '60s folk music group named the New Christy Minstrels.