Gershwin, Berlin, and Bernstein, oh my! Prepare to be swept off your feet this Valentine’s season with Utah Symphony’s “Dancing and Romancing” program February 9th and 10th at 7:30 PM. You’ll be swinging all evening to Hollywood golden-age classics, right alongside famed singers and dancers.
Not a dancer? Even better! Join us at 6:30 for dance lessons with local professionals Marcea and David Hess as they teach the basics of the waltz, cha-cha, and fox trot in the lobby. You might want dance all night, but after the class you’ll get to hear romantic show tunes played by the orchestra while Kirby Ward and Joan Hess sing and dance to the music.
The Irving Berlin song “Cheek to Cheek” was written in 1935 for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ movie Top Hat. It quickly rose to the top of the charts and was named the #1 song of 1935.
In 1956, beloved jazz singers Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald featured “Cheek to Cheek” on their 1956 album, Ella and Louis.
Today, “Cheek to Cheek” stands as an American classic, inspiring the name of a 2014 jazz album featuring Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.
Who doesn’t love Chicago? Rouge your knees and roll your stockings down for the sultry “All That Jazz,” sung by Joan Hess and Kirby Ward.
After such a hot performance, cool down with Nacio Herb Brown’s song “Singin’ In The Rain.” First performed by Doris Eaton Travis at the Hollywood Music Box Revue, the song quickly became a smash hit, being recorded by a number of artists, including Cliff Edwards, Annette Hanshaw, and Judy Garland.
The song became a centerpiece for the classic 1952 musical film Singin’ in the Rain, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds.
This superb collection of songs will entrance audience members of all ages. Grab your loved ones and enjoy Utah Symphony’s evening of reminiscing and celebration of life today.
Get your tickets to Dancing and Romancing here.