Michael Feinstein headlines jazz-age-themed gala for Scottsdale Arts

Michael Feinstein (submitted photo)

Michael Feinstein (submitted photo)

The “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” Michael Feinstein, with a special guest, will headline Scottsdale Arts’ annual ARTrageous Benefit Gala on Saturday, Dec. 3.

The yearly event will begin at 8:30 p.m. at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

The event celebrates and supports the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts, which includes the Center, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Public Art, as well as arts education and outreach initiatives reaching more than 40,000 participants each year, according to a press release.

Mr. Feinstein has built a dazzling career during the past 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, concerts spanning the globe, and his work as an educator and archivist, Mr. Feinstein is one of the most important musical forces of our time, the release stated.

A captivating performer, composer and arranger of his own original music, Mr. Feinstein is also an unparalleled interpreter of music legends such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra.

He has performed in many of the world’s most iconic venues, including The White House, Buckingham Palace, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House.

In 2007, Mr. Feinstein founded the Great American Songbook Foundation, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, master classes and the annual High School Songbook Academy.

This summer intensive, open to students from across the country, has produced graduates who have gone on to record acclaimed albums and appear on television programs such as NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” the release stated. Mr. Feinstein also serves on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board, an organization dedicated to ensuring the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America’s sound recording heritage.

Scottsdale Arts’ 2016 ARTrageous Benefit Gala invites guests to step back into the jazz age through an inspired experience laced with the allure of the era that ushered in a purely American style of creativity.

In addition to Mr. Feinstein’s performance, the evening features culinary offerings prepared by Santa Barbara Catering, a silent auction and raffle with one-of-a-kind experiences, and for the grand finale, The Speakeasy After-Party featuring music, dancing, divine edibles and surprises, hosted by The Avant-Garde on Second Street (AG2), the young professionals of Scottsdale Arts.

Tickets for the Michael Feinstein concert and Speakeasy After-Party are $149 through www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or 480-499-8587.

Tickets to the ARTrageous Benefit Gala silent auction, gourmet dinner, Michael Feinstein concert and Speakeasy After-Party start at $500 and are available by contacting JonetteL@ScottsdaleArts.org or 480-874-4609.

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