An Evening with Billy Stritch

How does a piano player who grew up in Sugar Land watching Carol Burnett and Cher on television end up singing jazz with Mel Tormé at Carnegie Hall? Find out at An Evening With Billy Stritch. You’ll get some music (Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim), some anecdotes about his famous friends (Liza Minnelli, Christine Ebersole, Tormé) and, as he’ll be performing in his hometown, some stories about growing up in Texas. Stritch is still putting together the program, so his set list isn’t final, but he tells us each song he’ll perform relates to his career, from his time performing solo in a piano bar to his time working with the vocal group Montgomery, Plant and Stritch, and his long association with Minnelli to his debut on Broadway. “Musically, I really live in what they call the Great American Songbook, which is Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin and all of the Broadway show music. I throw in a little bit of Brazilian bossa nova…because I really like that. I try to get a nice mix, with a little something with everyone.”

5 p.m. concert, 7 p.m. reception. Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Drive, Sugar Land. For information, visit slcaf.org. $26 to $100.
Sun., Oct. 26, 5 p.m., 2014

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