The Faithful Flock to the Music Shed

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My View written by Stephen Sorokoff

 

From the towns, cities and hamlets of the Berkshires,  American Songbook devotees came in droves to celebrate and praise their cherished musical heritage which was  presented and performed by the Chief Rabbi, High Priest and foremost scholar,  Michael Feinstein.  The historic Tanglewood Koussevitzky Music Shed and the clear cool August night was the setting for lovers of great American music to hear the majestic sounds of the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart accompany Michael Feinstein and some of his friends (Faith Prince & Cheyenne Jackson).

I have seen this same scene many times over.  No matter if it’s in an intimate Cabaret or large concert hall.  The cheering and smiles that light up the faces on the audience when Michael Feinstein is announced and he walks grinning broadly, briskly and determinedly, on stage. He’s your good friend, respected family member and special teacher.   Michael makes you feel good, he wows you with his musicianship, makes you laugh with his special wit, and at the same time is serious about the music of the Great American Songbook. He is your musical “mishpocheh”(relative).   In addition, if Michael tells you he has brought along some friends, rest assured that they will have those same capabilities.  Faith Prince and Cheyenne Jackson were superb in their solos and duets with Michael.   Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, with the addition of Tedd Firth on piano, created music in the Berkshire Hills that will linger in night air for a long time . . . and the faithful left with renewed commitment and inspiration.

*Photos: Stephen Sorokoff

Michael Feinstein & Stephen Sorokoff

Michael Feinstein & Stephen Sorokoff

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