Michael Feinstein passionate about American Songbook

Columbus native Michael Feinstein has many interests in his life, but it’s not hard to know what ranks at the top when you see his record library. In fact, if you were to browse the collection, you would find many recordings some in Hollywood deemed not worth keeping.

Michael Feinstein found himself literally dumpster diving after RKO Pictures tossed many of the very recordings that make up it’s grand history…such as a recording of Fred Astaire singing Change Partners by Irving Berlin in the film Carefree.

 
These and other recordings now reside with Feinstein. He spent six years as personal archivist for Ira Gershwin, who outlived his brother by decades.  Along the way, his employer became mentor and friend.

If you want to see and hear more about Michael Feinstein and the Great American Songbook, your next stop should be The Center For the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, near Indianapolis.  The center, which opened in January 2011, had the funding and central location Feinstein felt was ideal for the preservation of this golden age of American songwriting.

He has recently released his memoirs, The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs (Simon & Schuster, $45), as well as spearheading a PBS series, Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook.

Read Keeper of the Flame (Michael Grossburg’s Theatre Talk)

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