October 17, 2013 | 16742 views
Sedaka is back — to his classical roots
Local pianist to perform pop legend’s piano concerto at Madison Theatre
When entertainment legend Neil Sedaka happened to be seated next to pianist and Lynbrook resident Jeffrey Biegel at a show featuring a then-new jazz singer, Renee Olstead, some four or five years ago, the two got to talking. They realized that they both attended Julliard School of dance, drama and music, and that they both had their roots firmed planted in classical music. And the rest, as they say, is musical history.
Sedaka said that he’s been getting “wonderful emails and letters” from around the world from fans who were surprised and delighted with the addition of the classic piece on his CD.
Sedaka said that “Manhattan Intermezzo” is a tribute to New York that captures the sounds and spirit of the city. “You can hear the different ethnic influences in the piece,” he said. “This [classic composition] is serious music,” Sedaka continued, “but it’s not abstract … I am a melodist — it’s a crowd pleaser. Music is there to make people feel good.”