The Long Beach Symphony will welcome Michael Berkowitz and The Copa Boys on Saturday, Feb. 8 to the stage of the Long Beach Arena for an evening of music from The Rat Pack– an era of martinis, tuxedos and the American standard. The concert also marks the Symphony’s annual “Port POPS!,” which celebrates the ports and the waterfront community.
The program will feature some of the most recognizable tunes made popular by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and others. Conceived and conducted by Berkowitz, who is currently the principal Pops conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony, this show will offer more than a Rat Pack tribute, according to the Symphony.
Aside from conducting, drumming and performing for such entertainers as Billy Joel, Elton John and Liza Minelli, Berkowitz offers up his personal library of arrangements by greats including Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Quincy Jones.
The Copa Boys– Jimmy Cargill, Tony Apicella and Sonny Black– are a trio of singers from New York City whose voices have been breathing new life into this style. “Armed with the exact notes and measures that accompanied the voices of The Rat Pack, The Copa Boys pay homage to these titans while creating an entirely new experience,” according to a press release from the Symphony.
“The era of the Rat Pack was one of velvet voices and songs that have withstood the test of time,” said Kelly Ruggirello, executive director of the Symphony. “We love partnering this type of music alongside our orchestra. In addition, this concert is special because we will be honoring the Port of Long Beach, who just approved a substantial grant to help support the Symphony’s free educational programs in Long Beach elementary schools, as well as to help sponsor this concert alongside Metro Ports, The Shadden Group of Morgan Stanley, BNSF Railway, Mitsubishi Cement, APM Terminals and Long Beach Container Terminals.”
Long Beach Symphony’s POPS! concerts are indoor picnicking events where people gather to eat, drink and enjoy popular music. Patrons may bring their own libations or purchase food and beverage from Arena concessionaires or local caterers. Doors will open at 6:30pm to allow time for dining and mingling, and the concert will begin at 8pm. The POPS! season is sponsored by F&M Bank.
Arena seating starts at $21. To purchase tickets, call (562) 436-3203, ext. 232, or visit lbso.org .
The POPS! season will continue on March 15 when conductor Lloyd Butler celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Ronan Tynan, founding member of The Irish Tenors, and it will conclude on May 3 with conductor Todd Ellison and vocalist Susan Egan in an evening of Broadway’s greatest hits.