Love is in the air as the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents a romantic program titled, My Funny Valentine, on Saturday, February 9, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, located at 401 W. Livingston Street, in downtown Orlando.
Nationally renowned vocalist and Central Florida resident, Michael Andrew and his band Swingerhead, join the Orlando Philharmonic in a presentation of romantic tunes from the Great American Songbook, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Conductor Albert George Schram leads the orchestra in a program of beloved romantic classics like Too Marvelous for Words, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Night and Day, As Time Goes By, Star Dust, My Funny Valentine and much more!
Michael Andrew is the real deal … this is no impersonator. His sound is his own! Style, phrasing, charisma and SWING! That’s Michael Andrew!
–Michael Berkowitz, conductor
For two years, Michael Andrew was the headline singer and bandleader at the world famous Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center in New York City where he entertained audiences nightly and hosted a live Radio Broadcast, “Live from the Rainbow Room.” A favorite with other celebrities, he was the band-leader and singer at Merv Griffin’s “Coconut Club” in The Beverly Hilton in California. While on “Larry King Live,” Merv called Michael Andrew “one of the great singers of all time.”
His self-written musicals, Mickey Swingerhead & The Earthgirls and The Johnny Mercer Radio Hour were both hits with audiences and with the press. The hit show, Mickey Swingerhead, led to the formation of his band, Swingerhead, which has toured extensively throughout the country performing concerts and exclusive events including celebrity parties and the 2005 Inaugural Ball.
His 18-Piece Big Band, The Atomic Big Band, is modeled after the Count Basie Orchestra and has performed in Hollywood for movie premiers and is a favorite at festivals and concerts.
A frequent symphonic pops guest artist, Mr. Andrew has performed with symphonic orchestras in Akron, Albuquerque, Houston, Long Beach, Missoula, Orlando, Providence, San Antonio, Sarasota, Palm Beach, and other cities across America.
He can be heard on the soundtrack s of several movies, including “Heartbreakers,” “Inglorious Basterds,” “Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius,” “Five People You Meet in Heaven,” and “Mad Hot Ballroom.”
Michael Andrew was working with his idol Jerry Lewis, before his death, to develop Jerry’s 1963 classic movie, The Nutty Professor, into a Broadway-bound musical. Andrew is slated to play the lead (Julius Kelp & Buddy Love).
Tickets for My Funny Valentine are priced from $17 – $70 (half price tickets are available in selected areas for students with a valid ID). For more information, call the Orlando Philharmonic Box Office at (407) 770-0071 or visit www.OrlandoPhil.org.