Following a sold-out Canadian tour, Michel Legrand returns to New York for a special one-night engagement at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center on Saturday, November 21st at 8PM. The multiple Oscar and Grammy-winning pianist and composer will be joined by French singing sensation Mario Pelchat. Five-time Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick is the special guest star. The trio will be accompanied by a quartet of musicians, including Catherine Michel, the harp soloist at Opera de Paris, for a night of classical film scores by Maestro Legrand, as well as jazz and Hollywood hits, built around the romance and nostalgia of French ‘chanson.'
The multi-talented Michel Legrand, a virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, producer and singer, has been astonished audiences since the 1950s, when his very first album, "I Love Paris," became one of the best-selling instrumental albums ever released. Since then, Legrand has composed over 200 film scores (Yentl, Summer of '42, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Three Musketeers), television scores (Brian's Song, The Ring, Promises to Keep, The Jesse Owens Story, A Woman Called Golda), musicals (Amour, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and recorded well over 100 albums. He has worked with such artists as Miles Davis, Edith Piaf, Johnny Mathis, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Lena Horne, Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Tony Bennett and Rosemary Clooney, among other. His long-time collaboration with Alan and Marilyn Bergman has resulted in such memorable songs as "Papa, Can You Hear Me?," "The Way He Makes Me Feel," "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?," "What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life?" and "The Windmills of Your Mind." His work has garnered him three Oscars for 13 nominations, five Grammys, a BAFTA and Golden Globe, as well as a Tony nomination. His song "The Windmills of Your Mind" from The Thomas Crown Affair was named one of America's Greatest Movie Songs by the American Film Institute in 2004. Most recently, Legrand released an album with Mario Pelchat to great success around the world.
Mario Pelchat recorded his first album at the age of 17. Since then, he has recorded 12 albums, most of which have been certified platinum or gold in Canada and won several Felix Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys). He has performed all over the world, with concerts in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Monte Carlo, Lebanon, Italy and Algeria to name a few. His recent 2006 Quebec solo tour had record breaking attendance with over 100 concerts. In addition to his solo work, Pelchat has starred in the musicals La Vie en Bleu (Paris, Monte Carlo), Notre-Dame de Paris (France, Italy, Canada, Lebanon, Switzerland, Belgium) and Les Dix Commandements (Canada). Following the successful debut of his eponymous album with Michel Legrand and their Canadian tour, a worldwide tour will continue throughout 2010, including stops in Paris, Asia and Russia. Pelchat will also record a new album of original material in 2011 to celebrate 30 years in the business.
Dionne Warwick began her legendary career with her first hit, "Don't Make Me Over," in 1962. A long list of hits followed, helped along by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, including "Walk On By," "Message to Michael," "I Say A Little Prayer," "I'll Never Love This Way Again" and "That's What Friends Are For." Over the course of her illustrious career, Warwick has won five Grammys, a NAACP Image Award and an ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award, among many. In recent years, Warwick has devoted her time to humanitarian efforts, including working with children in her hometown of East Orange, NJ and becoming an UN Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization.
The concert is presented by Maestro Artist Management Inc. in association with City Lights Productions Ltd
Michel Legrand LIVE IN CONCERT WITH MARIO PELCHAT AND SPECIAL GUEST STAR Dionne Warwick will play at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center for one night only on Saturday, November 21st at 8PM. Via subway, take the 1 train to 66th Street/Lincoln Center. Tickets are $35- $120. Order by phone at 212-721-6500 or online at www.lincolncenter.org. The Box Office is open daily from 9AM - 9PM. For more information, please vision www.maestroartist.com