The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 6, 2013

Tony Sandler to join DSO

BY MARY KAY SWEIKAR
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Platinum record vocalist and charismatic entertainer Tony Sandler will join the Danville Symphony Orchestra on Saturday for an evening of romantic music that is reminiscent of the 1960s and ’70s.

The concert “My Paris, A Tribute to Maurice Chevalier” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School. Featured will be some of Chevalier’s signature songs, including “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” and “I Remember It Well” from the 1958 film “Gigi.”

Ravel’s “Bolero,” Chabrier’s “Espania” and other French orchestral favorites will round out the symphony’s performance.

DSO Maestro Jeremy Swerling said, “We try to select a nostalgia program every season, and Maurice Chevalier’s memorable selections certainly fit under this category. When you add the light French favorites such as Ravel’s ‘Bolero,’ it makes for an evening of wonderful music.”

Sandler’s entertainment career spans more than 50 years and has taken him to four continents to perform before millions of fans. He has recorded dozens of albums and has performed in four European films, as well as on hundreds of television shows in the United States and abroad.

Originally from Belgium, he began singing as a boy with the French Gregorian choir Let Petits Chanteurs a la Croix de Bois, which performed at the Basilica of St. Peter for Pope Pius XII. After recording his first hit (“Song of the Sea”) in 1954, while serving in the Belgian Air Force, Sandler became a stage, television and film star throughout Europe before coming to the United States.

The famous Sandler and Young duo, formed with American vocalist Ralph Young, became one of the hottest acts in Las Vegas. They frequently appeared on the Johnny Carson, Ed Sullivan, Dean Martin and Merv Griffin shows.

David and Sandi Wood of Danville are sponsors of this concert, and Sandi was also chairman of the recent Cirque de la Symphonie event at the David S. Palmer Arena on April 20.

“We had a very enthusiastic crowd of more than 1,200 from the general public at the Cirque performance, as well as more than 200 gala attendees, which shows wonderful support for our symphony,” she said.

“In fact, Danville is the smallest town that the Cirque has ever come to, which reaffirms our town’s commitment to the performing arts.”

For tickets

Ticket prices for Saturday’s Danville Symphony Orchestra concert will be $30 for adults in Section A and $28 in Section B. Senior ticket prices are $28 in Section A and $26 in Section B. Student tickets are available for $15. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. To order tickets by phone, call 443-5300.