Symphony Summer in the City 2013: Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
July 27, 2013
The Houston Symphony presents Symphony Summer in the City 2013. Innovative, multi-media experiences are the core of summer programming as the Symphony continues its tradition of encouraging new audiences to experience live music from a full orchestra while featuring familiar entertainment in this year’s Summer in the City concert series.
On July 27, the Houston Symphony will present a concert featuring Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons live at Jones Hall.
Having collaborated with a multitude of artists ranging from Liza Minnelli to The Beach Boys, conductor and keyboardist Robby Robinson will lead the orchestra in an evening of hit singles that catapulted the famous foursome to the top of the charts. Famous hits on the program include “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Who Loves You,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and more. With Valli’s signature falsetto voice, this concert is sure to be the perfect backdrop for a night on the town that will take audiences on a nostalgic journey back to the Top 40 charts of the 1960s and ’70s.
Thanks to the popularity and success of the Tony Award® winning musical Jersey Boys, chronicling the journey of Valli and his popular group, these tunes have seen resurgence in popularity in recent years. With 71 hits ranking on the Top 40 charts, the group’s music is a testament to their influence on the music industry and audiences all over the world.
Robby Robinson, conductor and keyboards
About Frankie Valli
Frankie Valli came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons and has continued to make an impact in recent years thanks to the success of the Tony Award® winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Valli and his legendary group. Hit songs featured in Jersey Boys include classics such as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have enjoyed 71 chart-topping hits, including 40 in the Top 40, 19 in the Top 10 and eight No. 1’s. The recent excitement of Jersey Boys prompted Valli to salute the decade that made him a star with his first studio album in 15 years, Romancing The ’60s. Produced by Bob Gaudio, an orig¬inal Four Seasons member and Valli’s long-time partner, the album includes unforgettable new versions of such gems as “Spanish Harlem,” “Call Me” and “Take Good Care of My Baby.”
Born Francis Castelluccio on May 3, 1934, he grew up in a public housing project on the tough streets of Newark, New Jersey. When he was 7, his mother took him to see Frank Sinatra. Valli recalls, “I decided then and there that’s what I was going to do—be a successful singer.” Fortunately, his friends discovered that making music was a good way to stay out of jail and car trunks. When the unknown Four Seasons sang “Sherry” on American Bandstand, they suddenly became the hot¬test band in the land. After nine years as a recording artist, Frankie Valli became an “overnight” sensation with a No. 1 record.
For the foreseeable future, Jersey Boys will introduce the music of Frankie Valli to new generations. And the man himself shows no signs of slowing down.
The Houston Symphony will kick off its Centennial Season with a sensational line up of summer concerts, including over 10 FREE concerts in the Houston community as a part of its Sounds Like Fun! and ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights at Miller Outdoor Theatre concert series.
Concert highlights include a celebratory Centennial 100th Birthday Concert on June 21 at Miller Outdoor Theatre, a free 12-hour Day of Music celebrating of Houston’s Musical Diversity at Jones Hall on July 13 and the annual 4th of July concert, Star Spangled Salute, complete with booming cannons and a fireworks display provided by the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board.
Rock-and-roll, movie and video game fans will have something to enjoy during the Symphony’s exciting Summer in the City concert series. Blockbuster concerts include Video Games Live; Music of The Rolling Stones; Pixar in Concert and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and will begin on July 5 at Jones Hall.