EL DORADO — The South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 63rd season with “The Great Baritone: A Celebration of Nat King Cole.”
The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium.
The symphony will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nat King Cole with a tribute concert featuring baritone vocalist Caesar, according to a news release.
The concert will feature a jazz combo personally selected by Caesar, including Natalie Cole’s guitarist. Natalie Cole was Nat King Cole’s daughter.
“An African-American ballad singer and jazz musician, (Nat King) Cole was best known for his soft baritone voice. He topped the charts year after year, selling more than 50 million records featuring hits such as ‘Unforgettable,’ ‘Sweet Lorraine’ and ‘Nature Boy’,” according to the release.
Caesar is a Chicago native and graduate of Southern University.
“Caesar possesses that rare ability to achieve — from the moment he steps on stage — a profound emotional interaction with his audience,” according to one critic. “He touches the listener with the purity of the lyrics, and establishes a beautiful ambiance by sharing with the audience a public show of gratitude to Nat King Cole for the influence Nat had on him, the music industry and the entire world.”
He has been performing his 19-song tribute to Nat King Cole with symphony orchestras around the country.
“Caesar is considered one of the smoothest baritone vocalists on the music scene, as he effortlessly goes from singing with sparse accompaniment to swinging with the big band or orchestra. In addition to touring the world with Julio Iglesias and sharing the stage with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau and more, Caesar was featured with Nat King Cole in the award-winning CBS Radio News segment on ‘The Observation Deck,’” according to the release.
Caesar recorded an album, “Jazz Standards for Today’s Audience” in Hollywood’s Capitol Studios with the original microphone and Steinway piano used by Nat King Cole in the 1950s.
First Financial Bank is the event sponsor, according to the release. Tickets are $40 for premium seating, $30 for silver and $15 for bronze.
Discounts are available for students, military personnel and seniors. For details or tickets, visit southarkansassymphony.org or call the box office at 870-863-4547.