Michael Feinstein, Kate Baldwin, Adam Swanson, Rob Berman Conjure Tin Pan Alley Classics in NYC Feb. 29

By Kenneth Jones
29 Feb 2012

Kate Baldwin
Kate Baldwin

Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin, pianist Rob Berman and 19-year-old ragtime pianist Adam Swanson join singer-pianist Michael Feinstein for the Feb. 29 performance of Standard Time with Michael Feinstein — After The Ball: Tin Pan Alley 1891-1911 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.

The 7:30 PM performance celebrates the songs of the vaudeville era. The concert is produced for Carnegie Hall by Michael A. Kerker (ASCAP) and Scott Coulter.

Expect the title song to be sung by Baldwin, who was Tony Award-nominated as Best Actress for playing Sharon in Finian's Rainbow.

Berman, the musical director of Encores!, frequently collaborates with Baldwin in her concert appearances and albums. He was her music director for Finian's Rainbow at Encores!, on Broadway and in disc. They also worked together on her solo album debut, "Let's See What Happens."



Baldwin made her Broadway debut in The Full Monty in 2000, followed by appearances in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Wonderful Town. She frequently performs in regional theatres and was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for her portrayal of Nellie Forbush in the 2002 Arena Stage production of South Pacific. She will return there this summer to play Marian in The Music Man. She recently appeared at the Dallas Theater Center in a new musical version of Giant, a co-production with the Public Theater, by Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson.

Swanson lives in humble Shenandoah, IA. He is gaining a reputation as one of the world's foremost performers and historians of ragtime and early American popular music. He has studied piano with Waleed Howrani, Dr. Lisa Campi, Max Morath, Jeff Barnhart, Bob Seeley, Terry Waldo and Richard Dowling.

He has been a featured performer and lecturer at ragtime and jazz festivals across the United States. Swanson's first duet album was with 1950s pianist and recording artist Johnny Maddox, who has sold more than 11 million records. Visit adamgswanson.com for more information.

Singer-pianist Feinstein is the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook." He has performed in concert halls and cabarets around the world. He serves on the Library of Congress' National Recording Preservation Board, "which has been asked to ensure the survival, conservation, and increased public availability of America's sound-recording heritage." Through the widow of legendary concert pianist-actor Oscar Levant, a young Feinstein was introduced to Ira Gershwin in July 1977. He became his assistant for six years, giving Feinstein access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs that he has since performed and recorded.

For tickets and information, visit carnegiehall.org