Even though Frank Sinatra was not a Harlemite he visited Harlem often, eating pizza at Patsy’s, he hung out at Sugar Ray Robinson’s Eatery on 136th Street, danced with Harlemite Alice Barker and much more.
On Saturday, October 17, Symphony Space presents Frank Sinatra at 100, a starry celebration of the iconic singer’s centennial.
Over the course of three three-hour sets – 2 pm, 5 pm, and 8 pm – no fewer than 100 songs from Sinatra’s repertoire will be performed by an impressive roster of interpreters, including Peter Cincotti, Tony Danza, Rebecca Luker, Marilyn Maye, Tierney Sutton, and dozens more. Instrumental renditions by pianist Bill Charlap, the guitar duo of Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub, and saxophonists Harry Allen and Ted Nash will complement the vocal selections. The house band throughout the day will be led by Russ Kassoff on piano, with Dick Sarpola on bass and John Redsecker on drums.
Symphony Space is pleased to present “Frank Sinatra at 100” in partnership with WNYC, and the station’s own Jonathan Schwartz will be hosting. The event is produced and curated by Joel Fram and Annette Jolles, and directed by Jolles.
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The concert takes place in Symphony Space’s Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. Tickets for one segment are $45/$35; Members $36/$28; 30 and under, $25. If two segments are purchased, the third is free. Details can be found at www.symphonyspace.org.
Sinatra was a talented actor as well, and two of his finest performances will be screened during the weekend, on Sunday, October 18. The Man with the Golden Arm, directed by Otto Preminger (1955), will be shown at 5 pm in the Leonard Nimoy Thalia. The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962), will be shown at 7:30 pm.
Photo credit: Frank Sinatra – Photo courtesy of the William P. Gottlieb Collection (Library of Congress) .