Melissa Manchester with San Diego Symphony Summer Pops
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While many people are familiar with Ambrosia's radio hits of the '70s, the songs on their five albums also range to progressive and experimental. They're as comfortable with ballads as with driving rock and roll. They can be serious, they can be playful -- but the music is always rich and the harmonies are beautifully blended. Some of their hits include "Holdin' On To Yesterday," "Nice, Nice, Very Nice," a cover of The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour," "How Much I Feel," "Biggest Part of Me" and "You're the Only Woman." Steeped in the melodic past, King Washington reigns supreme with catchy rock hooks and three-part harmonies. They open the seated show along with DJ Claire. Learn More
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The event was really good...the symphony was great, Melissa Manchester was great, the venue is great, right there on the water behind the convention center. The seats were great. We were in the champagne section so we had some table service which was nice, but it looked like all the seats would have a good view and the event overall is just a nice, relaxing evening.
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I bought promo tickets in the grandstand section, which weren't bad since the large video screens next to the stage show the performers well. MM did a nice job singing and entertaining the audience. They symphony played for a half-hour prior to...continued
After graduating from the High School of the Performing Arts (where she studied acting), Melissa Manchester entered New York University and enrolled in a songwriting class taught by Paul Simon. She landed a staff writing job at Chappell Music and performed as a solo singer/pianist in the clubs of Greenwich Village, where she met Bette Midler and Barry Manilow. As a back-up singer for Bette, Melissa fulfilled her childhood fantasy of playing Carnegie Hall. Six months later, she had a recording contract, and went on to headline at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, and performed for sold-out audiences across the country.
Manchester’s music has served to establish her as a compelling singer/songwriter. Her debut album releases, Home to Myself and Bright Eyes, positioned her as a dynamic new talent, and then Manchester launched the smash hit single “Midnight Blue”. Manchester and Kenny Loggins co-wrote the radio classic “Whenever I Call You Friend”, and her songs have been recorded by Barbara Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Kathy Mattea, Peabo Bryson and Cleo Laine, among many others. Her international hits, “Through the Eyes of Love” and “Don’t Cry Out Loud” were written for her by her friends and frequent collaborators, Carole Bayer Sager, Marvin Hamlisch and the late Peter Allen.
Melissa Manchester was nominated for a Grammy in 1978 and 1979 and received the Grammy Award in 1982 for Best Female Vocalist. In 1980 she became the first artist in the history of the Academy Awards to have two nominated movie themes in a given year- “Through the Eyes of Love” and “The Promise”- and went on to make Oscar history by performing both songs during the worldwide telecast. For her acclaimed 1989 release Tribute, Manchester came full circle, honoring the great singers who influenced her. From Garland to Streisand, Piaf to Fitzgerald, she paid homage to the icons with lush Peter Matz arrangements for this collection of classics.
About the Ticket Supplier: San Diego SymphonyIn the 100+ years since its inception, the San Diego Symphony has become one of the leading orchestras in the United States, and was recently designated a Tier 1 Orchestra by the League of American Orchestras. It is committed to providing musical experiences of superior quality for the greater San Diego community and beyond. Through a rich mixture of innovative and educational programming designed to appeal to all ages and cultures, the Symphony makes music an integral part of the cultural and intellectual fabric of the San Diego region, valued by and relevant to all its residents.
The San Diego Symphony offers a wide range of concert experiences and performs over 100 concerts each season, including performances at downtown San Diego's historic Symphony Hall. Various concert series include the Jacobs Masterworks series led by Music Director Jahja Ling, offering traditional classical repertoire; the City Lights series, featuring Principal Pops Conductor Bill Conti and popular guest artists; the Family Festival, featuring family-friendly concerts; International Passport, bringing the best of world dance and music to San Diego; and Classical Edge, a fascinating series of concerts that examines classical music from entertaining and thought-provoking angles. The orchestra also provides a Chamber Music Series at La Jolla's TSRI to highlight individual orchestra members performing with esteemed guest artists. Each year, from July through September, the Symphony presents an outdoor Summer Pops season at Embarcadero Marina Park South, mixing classical favorites and pop music in a festive, outdoor atmosphere on San Diego's picturesque waterfront.
In 2010 the San Diego Symphony celebrated their 100th anniversary, the first California orchestra to reach this milestone.