Cal State University Fullerton, with Bob McChesney and the Cal State Fullerton Jazz Ensemble, directed by Grammy-winning composer
8pm Friday, December 3rd
Meng Concert Hall
"Prelude To A Kiss"
In her 4th album release, vocalist/violinist Calabria Foti wanted to make a record like her musical heroes did back in the day; that is, with a big orchestra and legendary arrangers on the podium in an iconic Hollywood recording studio. Ms. Foti says, “This is the most expansive project I have ever done, and at the same time, it’s the most intimate and personal. I recorded at Capitol Records with full orchestra, singing some of the most endearing, sentimental songs ever written, about my devotion to the ones I love. This album is a full production tear-jerker!”
With a stunning array of lush ballads and up-tempo tunes, Calabria Foti displays her talents as violin soloist, scat singer, songwriter, and among interpreters of the Great American Songbook, one of the finest storytellers of our time. Prelude To A Kiss is replete with grand, sweeping orchestrations from celebrated arrangers, and small band swingers featuring a stellar ensemble of musical greats.
If her goal was to do a record like those made by her musical heroes of yesteryear, Foti has certainly achieved it. Listening to Prelude To A Kiss is like cuddling by the fireplace under a warm blanket with a loved one on a chilly night. No one makes “home” seem quite so desirable as Calabria Foti.
The Rialto Center for the Arts
Christmas with Calabria Foti and Bob McChesney
with Christian Jacob, piano,
Jacob Jezioro, bass,
and Dick Weller, drums
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record the song in 1958 at Capitol Records but gave up midway through a take, never to return to it again. The unfinished track has been such an object of fascination that it has been written about in virtually every Sinatra biography. Now, Nelson’s entire arrangement can be heard in this new recording done at Capitol Records by Calabria Foti.