One For My Baby 

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra's pop concert "Mancini & Moonlight: A Tribute to Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer" is being billed as a Valentine's treat for lovers. It's also a gift to lovers of instrumental space-age pop, witty wordplay, and sophisticated songcraft.

It's tempting to say that Mercer, a Georgia-born singer and lyricist, was slumming when he teamed with Mancini to create "Moon River," the love theme from the Audrey Hepburn film Breakfast at Tiffany's. By the time the film was released in 1961, he'd already worked with the likes of Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, and Harold Arlen, collaborating on classic songs such as "Blues in the Night," "Anywhere I Hang My Hat Is Home," and "That Old Black Magic."

click to enlarge p._24_we_rec_2-1.jpg

That's not to suggest that Mancini was any slouch. On the contrary, the Academy Award-winning composer defined crime-jazz with "Experiment in Terror" and exuded cool with the rocked-up theme to the television show Peter Gunn. Likewise, the lurking saxophone bomps in Mancini's theme to The Pink Panther changed forever the way we sneak around.

To sweeten the pot, the MSO is importing Broadway's Leah Hocking and Gerald Steichen (pictured) to handle the vocals.

"Mancini & Moonlight," 8 p.m., Saturday, February 16th, at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $15 to $78.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment



Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Memphis Comedy Bad, Bad Men Premieres on Amazon Video

Hungry Memphis

Cafe Brooks Debuts, etc.

News Blog

Redbirds Rebrand

News Blog

Memphis Pets of the Week (Jan. 19-25)

News Blog

Rape Kit Backlog Testing to Finish This Year

From My Seat

Inauguration Day: Then and Now

Politics Beat Blog

Cohen Won't Attend Trump Inauguration

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Music Video Monday: Valerie June


Readers also liked…

© 1996-2017

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation