Pianist Philip Fortenberry will perform a cabaret-style show, titled “Give My Regards,” Jan. 22 at North Central College.
As a versatile piano soloist and improvisational artist, Fortenberry encompasses a wide range of musical genres, bringing a distinctive style of playing to his music. His entertaining interpretations of classical and popular favorites, along with new music created specifically for the audience in attendance, have garnered him critical acclaim as a must-see, must-hear and must-experience showman.
“Give My Regards” begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $30 and $25; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
In “Give My Regards,” Fortenberry combines his signature style of playing—always honoring the beauty and integrity of the music—with personal stories of his musical journey as a pianist.
The anecdotes take audiences from his humble beginnings as a 7-year-old church pianist in Mississippi to his life and career on Broadway and on concert stages. Throughout the show, Philip gives his regards to the composers, directors and performers who continue to inspire him.
Fortenberry’s career as a much sought-after pianist in New York spanned more than two decades, during which he gained the respect and admiration of many well-known Broadway composers and conductors. He has accompanied such legendary Broadway icons as Eartha Kitt, Betty Buckley, Donna McKechnie and Laurie Beechman in concerts in New York and across the nation.
Fortenberry currently serves as the associate conductor of “Jersey Boys” at the Palazzo Theater in Las Vegas, all while offering master classes and private coaching in musical theater song stylings and classical piano repertoire interpretation.
USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors of North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).