Bob DeAngelis & His Champagne Symphony Pay Tribute to Benny Goodman with Roy Thomson and Carnegie Hall Concerts
Bob DeAngelis and His Champagne Symphony will present an encore performance of The Coronation of a King: A Tribute to Benny Goodman at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on New Year’s Eve 2007. On the heels of the Toronto concert, the Champagne Symphony will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Benny Goodman’s acclaimed 1938 concert at the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City with a reprise of its show as a special symphonic tribute.
The Coronation of a King features Goodman’s most popular tunes, including "Let’s Dance," "Memories of You," "Stompin at the Savoy," "After You’ve Gone" and "Sing Sing Sing." At the helm of the 50-piece Champagne Symphony is Juno award winning clarinetist Bob DeAngelis alongside Grammy award-winning trumpeter and arranger John MacLeod. Guests will include the sultry-voiced Melissa Stylianou, Frank Wright on mesmerizing vibes and the dazzling Swing Dance Divas.
Last year, the New Year’s Eve debut of Bob DeAngelis and His Champagne Symphony raised audiences at Roy Thomson Hall to their feet with multiple standing ovations. DeAngelis and MacLeod, along with a full symphonic complement of premier jazz and classical players, proved that Canada possesses some of the world’s greatest musical talent - a feat they intend to duplicate with the two upcoming performances.
The Coronation of a King is presented by Somerset Entertainment Ltd. in association with DeAngelis Entertainment Inc.
Show dates and times:
Toronto: Roy Thomson Hall December 31, 2007 2:00pm and 7:00pm Tickets: RTH 416-872-4255
New York City: Carnegie Hall January 16, 2008 8:00pm Carnegie Hall Ticket Line: 212-247-7800
From past to present: Reliving Benny Goodman’s acclaimed Carnegie Hall concert from January 16, 1938
The enormous breakout success of the Benny Goodman Orchestra in the 1930s heralded the birth of the swing era a time when big bands dominated the airwaves and bandleaders became the pop stars of the day. Goodman, a virtuoso clarinetist and groundbreaking bandleader, was at the forefront of this musical phenomenon. His historic performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall on January 16, 1938, raised swing music to a level of recognition that has never been forgotten.
Seven decades later, music enthusiasts have the chance to rekindle the nostalgia of the golden, bygone era with The Coronation of a King: A Tribute to Benny Goodman, performed by Bob DeAngelis and his stellar 50-piece Champagne Symphony on New Year’s Eve 2007 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. Marking the 70th anniversary of Goodman’s breakthrough concert, the Champagne Symphony will also give a special performance of their show on January 16, 2008 at Carnegie Hall.
About DeAngelis Entertainment: DeAngelis Entertainment Inc. was founded by musicians Bob and Joni DeAngelis just under three decades ago. Their goal has always been to provide quality live entertainment to their audiences. In nearly 30 years, the DeAngelis duo has customized musical performances that range from small ensembles and mid-sized bands to full-scale orchestral products. As well, DeAngelis Entertainment has expanded to include a series of popular dinner theatre products, such as Joey and Gina’s Comedy Wedding and Hey Goomba, as well as circus and dance productions that include the Swing Dance Divas and Aerial Angels.
About Somerset Entertainment: Somerset Entertainment Ltd. is a provider of exceptional live entertainment products and is the leading producer and distributor of specialty music sold through non-traditional retailers using interactive displays. Established in 1994, Somerset produces and distributes concept-based music targeted at consumers over the age of 30. Its 19 diverse product lines represent a variety of music genres, including world, relaxation, jazz, classical, children’s and hit compilations. -30-