January 17, 2014 - 8:00 PM
January 17 and 18, 2014, 8 PM
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
Michael Berkowitz, Guest Conductor
Featuring The Copa Boys in Music of The Rat Pack
Johnny Green, the great composer-conductor, called Michael Berkowitz a "Drummer Conductor Extraordinaire". He has performed as a drummer for Henry Mancini, Liza Minnelli, Michael Crawford, Billy Joel, Sting, Elton John, and Bette Midler; conducted for Marvin Hamlisch, Roberta Flack, Maureen McGovern, Michael Feinstein, and Sarah Brightman: lead numerous Orchestras including the Boston Pops, The London Symphony, The Cincinnati Pops, The Pittsburgh Symphony, The North Carolina Symphony, The Atlanta Symphony, The National Symphony; and is featured on recordings with Steve Lawrence, Placido Domingo, Linda Eder and countless Original Cast Albums, Movies, Jingles and Television Performances.
His close work with two of Hollywood's greatest talents, Johnny Green and Nelson Riddle, led Michael to consider conducting. Johnny Green, composer of "Body and Soul" and conductor of the world-famous MGM Studio Orchestra, was a great inspiration, and passed along much of his experience and knowledge to Michael. Nelson Riddle firmly pointed Michael toward conducting. During their close 15-year friendship and working relationship, the two collaborated on television projects, feature films, recordings, and live shows.