Get Happy: That Nelson Riddle Sound
Get Happy: That Nelson Riddle Sound
Friday, February 4, 2022
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Tony DeSare, Guest Artist
Capathia Jenkins, Guest Artist
The New York Pops enlists jazz crooner Tony DeSare and Broadway star Capathia Jenkins to celebrate American arranger-composer Nelson Riddle, whose orchestrations were recorded by some of the most legendary voices of the 20th century, including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Judy Garland.
Carnegie Hall subscription packages for the 2021–2022 season are on sale beginning Tuesday, June 8. Single tickets for all 2021–2022 performances go on sale to Carnegie Hall subscribers and members on Monday, August 23 at 11:00 AM, and to the general public on Monday, August 30 at 11:00 AM.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The New York Pops Carnegie Hall Subscription Series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
About the Artists
TONY DESARE performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness and robust musicality. Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, DeSare has lived up to this distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe. DeSare has four top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, the Today Show and his music has been posted by social media celebrity juggernaut, George Takei. DeSare has also collaborated with Youtube icons Postmodern Jukebox. DeSare's most recent release, Lush Life, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Traditional Jazz Chart.
Notwithstanding his critically acclaimed turns as a singer/pianist, DeSare is also an accomplished award-winning composer. He not only won first place in the USA Songwriting Contest, but has written the theme song for the motion picture, My Date With Drew, several broadcast commercials and has composed the full soundtracks for the Hallmark Channel's Love Always, Santa, Lifetime's Nanny Nightmare and Lifetime's new A Welcome Home Christmas. His sound is romantic, swinging and sensual, but what sets DeSare apart is his ability to write original material that sounds fresh and contemporary, yet pays homage to the Great American Songbook. His compositions include a wide-range of romantic, funny, and soulful sounds that can be found on his top-selling recordings.
DeSare’s forthcoming appearances include the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra.
DeSare releases new recordings, videos of standards and new originals regularly on his YouTube channel, iTunes and Spotify. Follow Tony on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and subscribe on YouTube to stay connected.
Tony DeSare is a Yamaha Artist.
The Brooklyn-born and raised singer/actor, CAPATHIA JENKINS, most recently released the critically acclaimed CD Phenomenal Woman the Maya Angelou Songs with her collaborator Louis Rosen. She starred as ‘Medda’ in the hit Disney production of Newsies on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in The Civil War and starred in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell. She returned to Broadway in The Look of Love and created the roles of ‘The Washing Machine’ in Caroline, Or Change and ‘Frieda May’ in Martin Short-Fame Becomes Me where she sang ‘Stop the Show’ and brought the house down every night. In 2007, she went back to Off-Broadway and starred in (mis) Understanding Mammy-The Hattie McDaniel Story for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. She was also seen in Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
An active concert artist, Ms. Jenkins has appeared with numerous orchestras around the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony (with Marvin Hamlisch), National Symphony, Cincinnati Pops (with John Morris Russell), Philly Pops, Atlanta Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, San Diego Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and many others. She was a frequent soloist with the Festival Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. Capathia had the great honor of performing in the ‘Broadway Ambassadors to Cuba’ concert as part of the Festival De Teatro De La Habana. She has appeared several times at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops and also sang in a Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch at the Library of Congress. Upcoming highlights include a series of Holiday concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra and a return engagement with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall in February 2022.
Her Television credits include 30 Rock, the Practice, Law & Order SVU, the Sopranos, Law & Order. She can be seen in the film ‘Musical Chairs’ directed by Susan Seidelman. Ms. Jenkins was also seen in The Wiz Live on NBC. She can be heard on the following film soundtracks: Nine, Chicago, Legally Blonde 2. Ms. Jenkins is a founding member of Black Theatre United. www.capathiajenkins.com
Photo of Tony DeSare by Bill Westmoreland. Photo of Capathia Jenkins by James Alexander. Header photo by Richard Termine.