Newman to headline SummerFest
Music in the Mountains has announced that music legend Randy Newman will headline the annual SummerFest concert series on June 26, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.
Recognized as the region’s top classical music festival, SummerFest stretches its wings this year by bringing contemporary and classic together in a two-week-long celebration of community, art and music.
The other outdoor headliners include Cirque de la Symphoni on June 27, which pairs the Music in the Mountains orchestra, led by conductor Florin Parvelescu, with the breathtaking Cirque de la Symphonie aerialists, acrobats and clowns.
Happy Birthday USA, with conductor Constantine Kitsopolous, is a family event celebrating Broadway, Disney, and favorite patriotic tunes, on July 3.
“We want to take festival-goers on a sonic journey where they will not only be entertained, but will experience true musical excellence,” said Cristine Kelly, executive director of Music in the Mountains. “Randy Newman was the perfect artist to headline this year’s festival. He is a master musician and storyteller who is known for his incredible body of work.”
Newman’s many honors include six Grammys, three Emmys, and two Academy Awards.
Both a tender balladeer and a master satirist, Newman’s songs have spanned the length and breadth of popular music for the past five decades.
The event is one of only two performances in Northern California, and Newman’s first Sacramento region performance ever.
With songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical and a host of unforgettable film scores, Newman has used his many talents to create musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences.
Often referred to as a musician’s musician, many of the world’s most notable singers have covered his songs, including Alan Price, Van Dyke Parks, Judy Collins, Cass Elliot, Art Garfunkel, the Everly Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Nina Simon, Wilson Pickett, Pat Boone and Peggy Lee, to name just a few.
After starting his songwriting career as a teenager, Newman launched into recording as a singer and pianist in 1968 with his self-titled album.
Throughout the 1970s, he released several other acclaimed albums, such as “12 Songs,” “Sail Away,” and “Good Old Boys.”
In addition to his solo recordings and regular international touring, Newman began composing and scoring for films in the 1980s.
The list of movies he has worked on since then includes “The Natural,” “Awakenings,” “Ragtime,” all three “Toy Story” pictures, “Seabiscuit,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “A Bug’s Life,” and most recently, Disney/Pixar’s “Monsters University”, the prequel to “Monsters Inc.” (which he also scored).
Tickets for SummerFest go on sale Wednesday, April 1. For more information, or to order tickets, log onto http://www.MusicInTheMountains.org or call the MIM Box Office at 530-265-6124.
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