City Lights 2018-19
3 Concerts + 1 Special
If you love Broadway musicals, the American Songbook, a bit of contemporary Americana style and discovering the best emerging musical performers who are shaping the future of popular music today, then the City Lights Series is for you!
The San Diego Union-Tribune has just published a preview of the new 2018-19 season!
FRI NOV 9, 8PM
Rickie Lee Jones and Anders Osborne
Our City Lights season opens with an artist who has been blazing her own trail for years, singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones. From her early collaborations with Tom Waits and Dr. John to her own breakout hits “Chuck E.’s In Love” and “The Last Chance Texaco,” Jones became a “cool pop” icon in the late ‘70s/early ‘8os, appearing on Rolling Stone covers and SNL. Two Grammys® and 15 critically-acclaimed albums later (including her landmark 1981 breakup album Pirates), Jones has fearlessly explored a number of American musical idioms such as rhythm & blues, jazz and (most recently) New Orleans soul. Rickie Lee Jones’ vast repertoire, musical curiosity and “confessional” style of songwriting will make for a memorable evening at Copley Symphony Hall. Her special guest will be sensational New Orleans singer and guitarist, Anders Osborne.
TUE NOV 27, 7:30PM
An Evening with Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Morrison
Two of Broadway’s brightest stars come together for one glittering evening of American song with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Matthew Morrison is well-known for his featured roles in Broadway’s Hairspray, The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific as well as the landmark Fox TV series, Glee. Before winning the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for the 2015 revival of The King and I, Kelli O’Hara was Morrison’s co-star in The Light in the Piazza and South Pacific. Together they and the Symphony will make Copley Symphony Hall shine like the Great White Way.
FRI FEB 22, 8PM
America’s most honored cabaret artist, Michael Feinstein, brings his intimate talent and style to the Jacobs Music Center stage. Feinstein has built a dazzling career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American songbook to the world. From recordings that have earned him five Grammy® Award nominations to his Emmy nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed NPR series and concerts spanning the globe, his work as an educator and archivist define Feinstein as one of the most important musical forces of our time. Famous for his interpretations of songs by Jimmy Webb, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Frank Sinatra, Feinstein’s unique gift for live performance will make for one unforgettable City Lights evening.
SUN APR 7, 2PM
An Afternoon with Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga’s unique talent burst upon the world as the 18-year-old star of the searing Vietnam War musical Miss Saigon, the role for which she won the first-ever Tony Award for an Asian-American woman. Since then, Salonga has made a name for herself as one of Broadway’s most celebrated leading ladies, starring in Les Misérables, Flower Drum Song and a show that had its record-smashing debut at the Old Globe before transferring to Broadway, Allegiance. She is also beloved by Disney fans as the singing voices of the characters Jasmine in Aladdin and Fa Mulan in Mulan. Recently acclaimed, sold-out cabaret runs in New York City’s famous Feinstein’s/54 Below and Café Carlyle affirm Lea Salonga’s status as one of today’s most exciting live performers of Broadway standards and much more.
Except for the November 27 Special Concert, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra does not appear as part of these concerts.