Long Beach Symphony Presents The Copa Boys Singing The Music of The Rat Pack

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The Copa Boys

The Copa Boys

On Saturday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m., the Long Beach Symphony welcomes Michael Berkowitz and The Copa Boys to the stage of the Long Beach Arena for an evening of infectious charisma with 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 exciting program features some of the most recognizable tunes made popular by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and more. Conceived and conducted by Michael Berkowitz, who is currently the Principal Pops Conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony, this show offers much more than a Rat Pack tribute. Aside from his talent as a conductor, not to mention his experience as a drummer, performing for such icons as Billy Joel, Elton John and Liza Minelli, Berkowitz also offers up his extensive personal library of arrangements by greats including Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Quincy Jones.

The passion Berkowitz feels for this music is matched by The Copa Boys – Jimmy Cargill, Tony Apicella and Sonny Black – 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.

When asked about the performance, Kelly Ruggirello, Executive Director of the Symphony, commented, “The era of the Rat Pack was one of velvet voices and songs that have withstood the test of time. 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 open at 6:30 p.m. to allow time for dining and mingling with friends; the concert begins at 8:00 p.m. The POPS! season is sponsored by F&M Bank.

Arena seating starts at $21. To purchase tickets, please call 562-436-3203, ext. 232, or visit the symphony website: www.lbso.org.

The POPS! season continues on March 15 when conductor Lloyd Butler celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Ronan Tynan, founding member of the worldwide sensation, The Irish Tenors, and it concludes on May 3 with conductor Todd Ellison and vocalist Susan Egan in an evening of Broadway’s Greatest Hits.

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