Sedaka to perform at MU concert

First Posted: 3/11/2012

Neil Sedaka, the popular singer, songwriter, composer and pianist and 2004 inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, is headlining the annual Misericordia University Under the Stars Summer Arts Festival at the Wells Fargo Amphitheater on Friday, July 27.

The festival also includes the Jazz in July concert, “Sensational Sounds of Swing” on July 9 with the Midiri Brothers Septet.

One of the first teen pop sensations during the 1950s, Sedaka is known for his chart-topping hits like “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” “Calendar Girl,” “Next Door to an Angel,” “Bad Blood,” “Laughter in the Rain” and many more.

He grew to become a masterful songwriter for himself and other artists in the 60s and hbecame a full-fledged star in the 1970s. He has remained a constant musical force in writing and performing during his more than 50-year career, thanks to the countless hit songs he has written, performed and produced that continue to inspire other artists and audiences around the world.

The Midiri Brothers Septet is composed of brothers Joe (on clarinet and saxophone) and Paul (on the vibraphone and trombone), as well as Dan Tobias (trumpet), Jim Lawlor (drums), Dean Schneider (piano), Ed Wise (bass) and Pat Mercuri (guitar). The orchestra has been hailed by L.A. Jazz Magazine as “… one of the most exciting small-group swing units around today.”

The Starlight Concert starring Sedaka is July 27 at 8 p.m. Festival tables that seat six are $420, amphitheater tickets are $45 and lawn seats are $30.

The Jazz in July concert, “Sensational Sounds of Swing,” with the Midiri Bothers Septet is Monday, July 9 at 8 p.m. Festival tables that seat six are $120, amphitheater tickets are $15 and lawn seats are $8.

Tickets for both shows go on sale Tuesday, May 1 exclusively through the Misericordia University Box Office at 674-6719.

For more information, call 674-6400.

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