Posts about: Great American Songbook Foundation

EGOT Award-winning Rita Moreno remains relevant as ever

January 30, 2020

During the course of my career, I have my met my share of celebrities, including a few presidents and Hollywood and Broadway starts galore. Being human, I admit, some have left me starstruck. One such luminary is Rita Moreno, winner of all four prestigious awards... read more

Ben Vereen will be ‘Steppin’ Out’ at The Palladium

January 13, 2020

“I spent the day at a church in Harlem feeding the homeless. It is something we should all do,” said the world-renowned entertainer Ben Vereen when I spoke to him by phone the day after Thanksgiving. I called him to talk about his one-man show,... read more

Songbook Academy Finals feature breathtaking performances

July 22, 2019

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Songbook Academy held its finals concert, which I attended Saturday at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts. Having covered the academy since it was created by Five-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein, founder of the Great American Songbook Foundation... read more

Melissa Manchester joins music pros to mentor Songbook Academy finalists

July 20, 2019

Grammy Award-winner Melissa Manchester is in Carmel, joining Broadway stars Laura Osnes and Michael Elroy and Great American Songbook Foundation founder Michael Feinstein and other music professionals, to serve as professional mentors at the Songbook Academy. This year’s summer intensive, which is in its 10th... read more

Arts & culture thrive under Carmel Mayor’s watch

October 2, 2018

It was early in 2010 when I first stepped foot in the Palladium for a hard-hat tour. For a while, it was still under construction and a mere shell. That’s when I wrote my first story on the 1600-seat, 151,000-square-foot concert hall in Carmel. The... read more

Feinstein protégés to share Palladium stage with their mentor

April 18, 2018

It will be an auspicious homecoming on Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m. for Nick Ziobro and Julia Goodwin, when they join, the five-time Grammy-nominated singer and Great American Songbook revivalist who helped discover them. Together, they will perform in “Michael Feinstein with Special Guests... read more

Songbook Foundation Acquires One of America’s Greatest Estates

January 23, 2018

Like many others, I was very happily surprised recently when the Great American Songbook Foundation announced philanthropist Bren Simon was donating her 107-acre Asherwood estate in Carmel to the organization. The estate is the former home of philanthropist Simon and her late husband,, co-founder of... read more