Old Blue Eyes would be 100 in December, and to celebrate, next weekend the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will open its Pops Series with a special tribute concert at Orchestra Hall. Vocalist and acclaimed modern-day crooner Steve Lippia will join the orchestra for Centennial Sinatra on Fri., October 9 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m., Sat., October 10 at 8 p.m. and Sun., October 11 at 3 p.m.

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Detroit, (October 2, 2015) – Old Blue Eyes would be 100 in December, and to celebrate, next weekend the  Detroit Symphony Orchestra  (DSO) will open its Pops Series with a special tribute concert at Orchestra Hall. Vocalist and acclaimed modern-day crooner Steve Lippia will join the orchestra for  Centennial Sinatra on  Fri., October 9 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m., Sat., October 10 at 8 p.m. and Sun., October 11 at 3 p.m..

Conducted by Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, the program will include a selection of Sinatra favorites including, “Fly Me To The Moon,” “New York, New York” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

Sinatra performed in Detroit beginning in the 1940s and continued through 1992, just six years before his death at the age of 82. While in the city he visited several of Detroit’s Italian restaurants including, Giovannie’s Ristorante, Vince’s Italian Restaurant and Roma Café while also staying at such hotels as the Book-Cadillac Hotel and the former Whittier.

The DSO’s Pops Series is generously sponsored by MASCO Corporation Foundation. This Pops Opening Weekend performance is made possible with support from the General Motors Foundation with additional support by Greektown Casino-Hotel.

About Steve Lippia

Steve Lippia has quickly established his place among the finest interpreters of “standards” and traditional pop music in the nation. His youthful, energetic talent and powerful show introduces a new generation to this timeless music, while appealing to long-time listeners.

Lippia has headlined in highly successful, extended engagements at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. He has performed in multiple engagements for Hilton Atlantic City and Casino Windsor, among others.

Lippia has also performed to sold-out Symphony audiences across North America, including the Boston Pops, Cleveland Pops, Dallas, Edmonton, Fort Worth, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, New Jersey, North Carolina, Omaha, Oregon, The Philly Pops, Phoenix, Rochester, St. Louis, Toronto, Utah, Vancouver, and Winnipeg, among many others.

His self-titled CD was recorded at Warner Brothers’ Studios in Los Angeles with a 41-piece symphony. In addition, Lippia has recorded “Steve Lippia Live,” a collection of his live performances. His much-anticipated third CD, “Steve Lippia in Concert,” was released June 2009 to rave reviews and a Grammy nomination.

About Jeff Tyzik

In demand across North America as a pops conductor, Jeff Tyzik is the creative force behind the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s Pops. He is also principal pops conductor of the Vancouver and Oregon symphony orchestras. He maintains a busy guest-conducting schedule with the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony, among others.

Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America’s most sought-after pops conductors. Alongside his role as the DSO’s Principal Pops Conductor, Tyzik holds The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor’s Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and also serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, The Florida Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Highly sought after as a guest conductor, Tyzik has appeared with the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Toronto Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In May 2007, the Harmonia Mundi label released his recording of works by Gershwin with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and the RPO, which stayed in the Top 10 on the Billboard classical chart for over 3 months.

Ticket Information

Tickets to Centennial Sinatra  begin at $15 and may be purchased at dso.org, via the free DSO to Go mobile app, in-person at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center Box Office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit), or by calling (313) 576-5111. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact DeRon Wilson at (313) 576-5130 or [email protected]


Centennial Sinatra

Steve Lippia, vocalist

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Fri., Oct. 9 at 10:45 a.m.

Fri., Oct. 9 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 10 at 8 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 11 at 3 p.m.

YOUMANS, ELISCU, VAN                          Sinatra Celebration Overture


arr. Jeff Tyzik

KAHAL & FAIN                                            I’ll Be Seeing You

LAWRENCE & ALTMAN                             All or Nothing at All

LOWE                                                          I’ll Never Smile Again

YOUMANS, ROSE & ELISCU                     Without a Song

MEEROPOL & ROBINSON                         The House I Live In

HAMMERSTEIN II & KERN                         The Song is You

ARLEN & MERCER                                     One for My Baby

HAMMERSTEIN II & KERN                         Ol’ Man River


PORTER                                                       I’ve Got You Under My Skin

MERCER & MEIER                                       Summer Wind

KAEMPFERT, SINGLETON & SNYDER      Strangers in the Night

CAHN & VAN HEUSEN                                Come Fly with Me

CALABRESE, DE VITA & SHAPER             Softly as I Leave You

HOWARD                                                      Fly Me to the Moon

BILLY JOEL                                                   Just the Way You Are

ANKA, FRANCOIS & REVAUX                     My Way

EBB & KANDER                                            New York, New York

Artist reserves the right to make changes or substitutions to this program.


M-1 Rail Construction

Attendees can find up-to-date details about the best route to take to Orchestra Hall during construction of the M-1 Rail streetcar in Midtown at dso.org/m1 and m-1rail.com. Woodward will always remain open in Midtown throughout the construction period. Complete closures are restricted to the downtown section of the rail line. Work has commenced on the southbound track between Temple and Canfield streets, shifting traffic to the northbound side of Woodward. There is one northbound, one southbound and one turn lane open on this stretch. Coming in to Midtown, an extra 15 minutes for travel time is recommended, as well as using Cass Avenue, instead of Woodward Avenue when possible.

About the DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09.  Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically revered concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.



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