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Classic songs from the repertoire of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. will be performed, with new orchestrations, in three concerts with the North Carolina Symphony in Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall. Resident Conductor William Henry Curry will lead the orchestra, with guest singers Sal Viviano, Nat Chandler and Eric Young. Performances will be Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 pm, with a matinee on Saturday, May 21 at 3:00 pm.
Sal Viviano will sing Frank Sinatra. Mr. Viviano is a veteran of Broadway and Off-Broadway stages who has won a Broadway World Award for Best Actor and a Backstage Award for Best Actor; he has also appeared in several national tours and more than seventy CD recordings, and has sung with nearly 150 orchestras.
Nat Chandler, who will sing Dean Martin, has Broadway credits including the title role in The Scarlet Pimpernel, and has also appeared in musicals across the country and in concert with various orchestras.
Eric Young, singing Sammy Davis, Jr., has worked in Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre, performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall as well as in Las Vegas, and premiered his own one-man musical, Sammy & Me.
The concert features lively banter and a tour of the Great American Songbook including favorites from Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Frank Loesser and many more. No tribute could be complete without "New York, New York" and "My Way"—but the concert also includes signature songs like "That's Amore" for Dean Martin and "Mr. Bojangles" for Sammy Davis, Jr., group numbers like "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better," and medley arrangements to showcase the Rat Pack's easy mastery of many styles of song. All-new orchestrations for this program will feature the talents of 65 musicians in the orchestra.
The Symphony expresses appreciation to Weekend Sponsor Highwoods Properties and May 21
Matinee Sponsor Galloway Ridge at Fearrington for their generous support.
Ticket prices range from $30 to $66. Student tickets are $15. For more information, visit the North Carolina Symphony's website at www.ncsymphony.org, or call 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.
Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh.
About the North Carolina Symphony
Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony gives more than 200 performances annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 66 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry, and Associate Conductor David Glover.
Based in downtown Raleigh's spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington — as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year — and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.