NEIL SEDAKA and PATTI LUPONE – Summer in The City at Symphony Hall


By Seán Martinfield

The San Francisco Arts Commission and the San Francisco Symphony’s 2007 Summer In The City series enters its final week with concerts on July 27th and 28th. The annual summer music celebration showcases the best of classical favorites, Broadway, and popular music, all in the relaxed elegance of Davies Symphony Hall. Festive decor, dramatic concert lighting, an array of dining options, and nightly lobby entertainment all add to the summer fun. The week features Neil Sedaka in concert on July 27th and Patti LuPone performing her new one-woman show The Lady with the Torch on July 28th.


NEIL SEDAKA and PATTI LuPONE – Love Will Keep Us Together

It is hard to imagine the history of rock and roll without the many contributions of Neil Sedaka. He is the author of more than a thousand songs, including the classics “Calendar Girl,” “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen,” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.” For over four decades, Sedaka’s timeless standards have helped change the face of popular music. With countless hit singles, and platinum and gold records, he is recognized as one of rock and pop music’s legendary pioneers. In celebration of his 50th anniversary in the music business, Sedaka recently released a new CD titled THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION which features his greatest hits as well as demo recordings and rarities that have never before been available.


Mr. Sedaka’s song-list will include selections from the CD:
Bad Blood
Been There Done That
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Calendar Girl
Going Nowhere
Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen
It Hurts To Be In Love
Junkie For Your Love
Laughter In The Rain
Love Will Keep Us Together
Next Door To An Angel
Oh! Carol
Rainy Day Bells
Should’ve Never Let You Go
Stairway To Heaven
The Hungry Years
The Immigrant
What A Surprise

The 2007 Summer In The City series comes to a close when Patti LuPone returns to Davies Symphony Hall to perform “THE LADY WITH THE TORCH” on Saturday, July 28th at 8:00 pm. From Broadway to the big screen, Tony Award winner Patti LuPone has captivated fans with her sensational voice and presence. THE LADY WITH THE TORCH is her one-woman show of moody and romantic ballads: all standards, but rendered in her own inimitable torch-song style, and orchestrated by longtime Stephen Sondheim collaborator Jonathan Tunick. Ms. LuPone last appeared at Davies Symphony Hall performing “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” during Summer In The City 2003.

PATTI LuPONE – C’EST Magnifique

Ms. LuPone’s song-list will include selections on her current CD – THE LADY WITH THE TORCH:
A Cottage For Sale (Willard Robinson/Larry Conley)
Body And Soul (John W. Green/Edward Heyman/Robert Sour/Frank Eyton)
Do It Again (George Gershwin/B.G. DeSylva)
Don’t Like Goodbyes (Harold Arlen, Truman Capote)
Early Autumn (Ralph Burns, Woody Herman, Johnny Mercer)
I Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry (Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn)
I Wanna Be Around (Johnny Mercer/Sadie Zimmerstedt)
Ill Wind (Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler)
I’m Through With Love (Gus Kahn/Matt Malneck/Tom Adair)
My Buddy (Walter Donaldson/Gus Kahn)
So In Love (Cole Porter)
Something Cool (Billy Barnes)
The Man I Love (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin)
The Other Woman (Jessie Mae Robinson)

To order tickets on-line:
NEIL SEDAKA – Friday, July 27th @ 8:00 pm
PATTI LuPONE – Saturday, July 28th @ 8:00 pm

Seán recommends the following:
MP3 Download – NEIL SEDAKA, “The Definitive Collection”
CD – NEIL SEDAKA, “The Definitive Collection”
MP3 download – PATTI LuPONE, “The Lady With The Torch”
CD – PATTI LuPone, “The Lady With The Torch”


The San Francisco Symphony Volunteer Council (the VC) is an organization of over 1,500 committed, extraordinary volunteers, whose purpose is to support the SFS in areas of fundraising, audience development, and community outreach. Large numbers of volunteers provide services at concerts, visit classrooms as docents, join Symphony Leagues, staff Repeat Performance and the Symphony Store, and work on a rotating basis in the VC office. The volunteer year, along with the Symphony’s fiscal year, begins in September. Some volunteer commitments are year round; others are shorter in duration.

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San Francisco Sentinel’s Fine Arts Critic Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Ask him a question on . If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at:

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