DSO Pops Welcomes Legendary Singer, Songwriter Neil Sedaka


Detroit, (May 31, 2012) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), welcomes legendary singer and songwriter Neil Sedaka to the stage as he performs many of his smashing hits including “Calendar Girl,” “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen,” “Oh! Carol” and “Next Door to an Angel” which dominated the radio airwaves in the early 1960s and defined a generation. The DSO will be led by guest conductor Dick Palombi for this special tribute performance. In addition, guest conductor Ken Lam will lead the orchestra in Cole Porter’s Begin the Beguine from “Jubilee” and Duke Ellington’s Fantasy, along Sedaka’s Joie de vivre. This Pops Series performance will take place at Orchestra Hall on Friday, June 15 at 10:45 a.m., Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 17 at 3 p.m.

About Neil Sedaka

Neil Sedaka’s impressive 50-year career ranges from being one of the first teen pop sensations of the 50’s, a relevant songwriter for himself and other artists in the 60’s, a superstar in the 70’s, remaining a constant force in writing and performing presently. This is all thanks to the countless songs he has written, performed, and produced that continues to inspire artists and audiences around the world.

In addition to his extensive tour schedule, Sedaka has just released “The Music of My Life,” a CD of brand new Sedaka material, including his first ever Salsa song, “Do You Remember,” produced by Grammy Award Winner David Foster. Sedaka has returned to his classical roots, composing his first symphonic piece “Joie De Vivre”, and his first piano concerto “Manhattan Intermezzo.” In October 2010, Neil recorded these two pieces with the London Philharmonic at the famed Air Studios in London.

About Dick Palombi

Born and raised in New Brunswick, NJ, Dick Palombi entered the entertainment scene at an early age playing piano in jazz clubs in New York City. After attending Rutgers University and the Julliard School of Music, Palombi joined the Air Force and commanded the Air Force Band at Craig Air Force Base in Selma, Alabama. He later continued his musical education by studying conducting with Dr. Leon Stein, conductor of the Chicago Symphony and head of the Music Department at De Paul University.

In the 1970s, Palombi obtained the prestigious position of Musical Director for the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. During his 25 years with the Riviera, Palombi conducted his orchestra for virtually every headliner that played the Las Vegas strip. One of these great stars was Neil Sedaka who often performed at the Riviera. Palombi joined Sedaka as Musical Director in 1979 while the Dick Palombi Orchestra continued to perform at the Riviera until 1993.

Since then, Palombi has conducted symphonic orchestras all around the world including a tour of the United Kingdom for the Neil Sedaka “Classically Yours” tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He wrote and produced the music for three shows currently appearing on the Celebrity Cruise Line.

About Ken Lam

Ken is the winner of the 2011 Memphis International Conducting Competition, Resident Conductor of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Artistic Director of the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra and Associate Professor and Director of Orchestra at Montclair State University in New Jersey, having recently concluded his position as Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Ken was a featured conductor in the League of American Orchestra’s 2009 Bruno Walter National Conductors Preview with the Nashville Symphony and made his US professional debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in June 2008 as one of four conductors selected by Leonard Slatkin. In recent seasons he worked with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Memphis, Illinois, Meridian, St. Louis and Baltimore, as well as the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.


Tickets to Neil Sedaka at Orchestra Hall begin at $19 and may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at www.dso.org.  For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.


Neil Sedaka

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Neil Sedaka, piano, vocals

Dick Palombi, guest conductor

Ken Lam, guest conductor

Friday, June 15 at 10:45 a.m., Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 17 at 3 p.m.

Cole Porter                                                       Begin the Beguine from “Jubilee”


arr. Ralph Hermann

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington         Duke Ellington Fantasy


arr. Ralph Hermann

Neil Sedaka                                                      Joie de vivre

orch. Lee Holdridge


Neil Sedaka                                                      Manhattan Intermezzo

orch. Lee Holdridge                                                      Neil Sedaka, piano

(Additional selections will be announced from stage.)


2 Responses to “DSO Pops Welcomes Legendary Singer, Songwriter Neil Sedaka”

  1. The bestest of the best!

  2. The concert we saw was great, and I am trying to find out where I can get a cd of his two new classical songs that he played for us at the concert.
    I have tried Barnes and Noble and they say it is not listed with them.
    I have searched the internet with no luck at London Philharmonic where
    he recorded them.
    The two songs are, Joie De Vivre, and “Manhjattan Intermezzo”
    Can you let me know if they are somewhere?
    Thank you,
    Bob Rourke
    Season ticket holder many years.

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