Come and celebrate the official Grand Opening of The Strand Theatre Hudson Falls! After 3 years of renovations and hundreds of concerts the theatre space will be done in time to welcome hometown native Tony DeSare and his Big Band Show. For the grand opening of the Strand Theater, Tony wanted to come back to his hometown with something big: a 17 piece big band featuring the best players in the Capital Region. There's nothing like the excitement and sound of a live big band. They will back Tony on classics from The Great American Songbook a la Frank Sinatra, also classic takes on contemporary artists such as Prince, and Tony's award winning original songs. As an added bonus the show will also feature fellow Hudson Falls Class of '94 grad and world renowned pianist/arranger, Tedd Firth. Tony DeSare, Hudson Falls Class of 1994, hasn't performed publicly in Hudson Falls since 1994. Since graduating Ithaca College in 1998, Tony moved to New York City, starred in an Off-Broadway show, performed at legendary New York City musical venues, released several Billboard Top 10 Jazz albums and has toured the world. He has performed with 100 different symphony orchestras across the U.S. and Canada, including the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Other career highlights include opening several times for the late, great legendary comedian, Don Rickles, in Las Vegas and Atlantic City; writing music and songs for film.
Tony DeSare performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness and robust musicality. Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, DeSare has lived up to this distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, the Today Show and his music has been posted by social media celebrity juggernaut, George Takei. DeSare has also collaborated with Youtube icons Postmodern Jukebox.
Notwithstanding his critically acclaimed turns as a singer/pianist, DeSare is also an accomplished award-winning composer. He not only won first place in the USA Songwriting Contest, but has written the theme song for the motion picture, My Date With Drew, several broadcast commercials and has composed the full soundtracks for the Hallmark Channel's Love Always, Santa and Lifetime's Nanny Nightmare. His sound is romantic, swinging and sensual, but what sets DeSare apart is his ability to write original material that sounds fresh and contemporary, yet pays homage to the Great American Songbook. His compositions include a wide-range of romantic, funny, and soulful sounds that can be found on his top-selling recordings. DeSares forthcoming appearances include the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Smith Center in Las Vegas. DeSare releases new recordings, videos of standards and new originals every few weeks on his YouTube channel, iTunes and Spotify. Follow Tony on Facebook, Twitter and subscribe on YouTube to stay connected.
Tony DeSare is a Yamaha Artist.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AKWNXvyHu8 - I'm Gonna LIve Till I Die
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22To0DtSWdA - I Love a Piano
Tedd Firth is a New York City based musical director, pianist and arranger. As musical director and accompanist he has worked with Barbara Cook, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Maureen McGovern, Michael Feinstein, Marilyn Maye, Tom Wopat, Joshua Bell, Elaine Paige, Tony DeSare, Linda Lavin, Christine Ebersole, Lucie Arnaz, Lee Ann Womack, Faith Prince, John Schneider, Melissa Errico, Karen Akers, Mary Cleere Haran, Margaret Whiting, Carol Sloane and of course, Jennifer Roberts. Among the jazz musicians he has performed or recorded with are John Pizzarelli, Houston Person, Frank Wess, Mark Whitfield, Red Holloway, Benny Golson and Joe Morello. Recent highlights include being the musical director for the reunion of the original Broadway cast of "Into The Woods" at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa, CA as well as assembling and conducting a seventeen piece swing orchestra for Michael Feinstein's "Happy Holidays: Swinging With The Big Band" shows at New York's Birdland jazz club. New York appearances include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Blue Note, Birdland, the Iridium, the Algonquin, the Cafe Carlyle and Feinstein's at the Regency. Numerous national appearances include a performance at the White House. As an arranger/orchestrator, Tedd's work has been performed by most major American symphony orchestras as well as Bernadette Peters and Liza Minnelli. Television appearances include "The Today Show," "Live From Lincoln Center" and "All My Children.