After a sold-out tour in Canada, legendary French-Armenian virtuoso pianist, composer, and multiple Oscar winner Michel Legrand will be playing a rare New York engagement on November 21, 09 at 8 pm at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Legrand will be joined by Québec sensation Mario Pelchat, whose velvet and sexy voice is familiar from the Nôtre Dame de Paris, and accompanied by a quartet of brilliant musicians, including Catherine Michel (harp), soloist of Opéra de Paris. Special Guest Star in NYC and Boston: five times Grammy Award Winner Dionne Warwick. The concert is a mixture of classical movie hits by Maestro Legrand, built around romance and nostalgia of French ’chanson’.
It is difficult to pin the multi-talented Michel Legrand down into one single category: this amazingly versatile virtuoso pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, producer, singer, 3-time Oscar winner (out of 13 nominations) and 5-time Grammy winner, Michel Legrand has been astonishing audiences since the 1950s, when his very first album, I Love Paris, became one of the best selling instrumental albums ever released. An international star, who has won as much respect in the States as he has in Europe, Legrand is an insatiable musician whose creativity and ambition appear to know no bounds.
He has composed over 200 film scores (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Thomas Crown Affair, Yentl, and The Three Musketeers to name a few)and television scores (from Lady Sings The Blues to Wuthering Heights to Ice Station Zebra), several musicals (including the Broadway-bound French hit, Le Passe Muraille), and made well over a hundred albums. His long-time collaboration with Alan and Marilyn Bergman has resulted in such memorable songs as: "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life?," "The Windmills of Your Mind", named one of America’s Greatest Movie Songs by the American Film Institute, "How Do You Keep The Music Playing?"
He has worked with Maurice Chevalier, Miles Davis, Kiri Te Kanawa, Edith Piaf, Johnny Mathis, Neil Diamond, Sarah Vaughan, Stan Getz, Aretha Franklin, Jack Jones, James Galway, Ray Charles, Arturo Sandoval, Lena Horne, and Barbra Streisand, to name just a few. His songs have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Cleo Laine, Nina Simone, Henry Mancini, Tony Bennett, and Rosemary Clooney, among others.
Mario Pelchat and Michel Legrand worked together on an eponymous album, released in March 2009, where Pelchat interpreted Legrand’s world-famous songs, after which the pair played a sensational shows in Paris. The chemistry was such a success, that Canadian tour was launched.The songs from this new album will premiere at Lincoln Center.