Summer in the City 2013: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

With the jukebox musical of the Four Seasons story, Jersey Boys, a runaway success, interest has been renewed in the vocal group who delivered a bevy of hits in the '60s such as ''Sherry,'' ''Big Girls Don't Cry'' and ''Walk Like a Man.'' Now 79, the sweet lead falsetto behind those tunes, Frankie Valli (with some much younger Seasons), will team up with the Houston Symphony for a night of nostalgia. And for Valli's music director, Robby Robinson, it's a natural fit. ''A lot of the original Four Seasons recordings incorporated strings, horns, woodwinds, harps and other instruments. And [Valli's] music covers pop, R&B, jazz and doo-wop,'' he says. ''And with other songs, we've had fun [tinkering] with, like adding bassoons and pizzicato to 'Walk Like a Man.''' Robinson also notes that the Houston Symphony is a ''brilliant orchestra,” since Valli and the Seasons have performed with them in the past. He also sees the more-and-more-frequent pairing of pop and rock acts from the '60s and '70s with orchestras as a natural development. And who knows? They may even tackle the theme from Grease.

7:30 p.m. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713‑224‑7575 or visit $35 to $149.
Sat., July 27, 7:30 p.m., 2013

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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