"S'Wonderful," the title of George and Ira Gershwin's song, is how I would describe The New York Pops concert that took place at Carnegie Hall on Friday, March 16, 2012, featuring Patti Austin singing the Ella Fitzgerald's Gershwin Songbook with arrangements by the late Nelson Riddle and musical direction/conducting by Steven Reineke.

Patti Austin, Photo Credit: Maryann LopintoPatti Austin, Photo Credit: Maryann LopintoThis concert was a real treat for many reasons! The first reason this concert was such a treat was for the collaboration between Patti Austin, Steven Reineke, and The New York Pops. The blending of Patti's vocals, the New York Pops' playing, and Steven's musical direction was brilliant! This was actually my first live Patti Austin experience and let me say, she was in fine form! Her voice is strong and her performance grand! The New York Pops sounded great along with her, never drowning her out! Steven's musical direction and conducting were once again perfection! He is where he is at such a young age because Steven knows what he's doing. Steven knows music, knows symphonies, and knows how to conduct them effortlessly (at least what appears to be effortlessly). Some of my favorite songs performed were "Strike Up The Band," "I Got Rhythm," "Somebody Loves Me," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "S'Wonderful," "But Not For Me," and "The Man I Love."

Christopher Riddle, Steven Reineke, Photo Credit: Maryann LopintoThe second reason the concert was such a treat was because the versions of these songs were the original arrangements by the late Nelson Riddle, which are not always performed. As an added bonus, Nelson's son, Christopher Riddle, was on hand to conduct part of the concert. It was quite a night to get to see Christopher conduct his father's music and tell some stories of his time with his dad.

Adam Rothenberg, Patti Austin, Steven Reineke, Photo Credit: Laurie GeigelThe third reason the concert was such a treat is a personal one. I got to attend this concert with my parents and this was their first time ever at Carnegie Hall. I am so thrilled that I got the chance to bring them to one of New York's most respected institutions and to experience the New York Pops and Patti Austin! Then for all of us to get to go backstage after the concert to meet Steven and Patti was the icing on the cake.

There are three more New York Pops concert this season. Be sure to catch at least one of them for a New York Pops concert is an evening to remember!

Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8pm: Hollywood Award Winners. Click here for info & tickets!

Carnegie Hall: Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Essential Voices USA, Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor

Stroll the red carpet in an evening of Academy Award®-winning scores and songs, including music from Doctor Zhivago, Out of Africa, Titanic, and The Lord of the Rings, plus an 80th birthday tribute to John Williams with Oscar®-winning music from Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Schindler’s List.

Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 12:30pm & 3:30pm: Carnegie Hall Family Concert: Jim Henson's Musical World. Click here for info & tickets!

Carnegie Hall: Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
John Tartaglia, Host
Essential Voices USA, Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
Craig Shemin, WriterDaniel Seth, Associate Director

The magic of the Muppets® comes alive as The New York Pops pays a musical tribute to Jim Henson's great legacy through song and puppetry. In collaboration with The Jim Henson Legacy.

Monday, April 30, 2012 at 7pm: 29th New York Pops Birthday Gala honoring Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Dinner dance to follow at the Plaza Hotel. Click here for info & tickets!

Musical Honorees 
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty,
the Tony Award-winning and Oscar-nominated songwriting team of such renowned
Broadway musicals as Ragtime, Once On This Island, Seussical, and the feature film Anastasia.

Joan Rivers LIVE at the Laurie Beechman in NYC

Linda Eder: Songbirds