One of the world’s leading specialists in recreating the music and magic of Frank Sinatra, Steve Lippia, returns to the Riverwalk Stage. This program is a celebration of the music and lyrics of great American songwriters like Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, and Rodgers and Hart. Journey back in time to Vegas in the 1950s and enjoy familiar rat-pack favorites such as I’ve Got You Under My Skin, The Lady is a Tramp, Mack the Knife, Just the Way You Are, and That’s Life, just to name a few.
Percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family. Hailed by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as, “one of our supreme living virtuosos, not just of percussion but of any instrument,” he has championed contemporary percussion music by commissioning or premiering more than one hundred-fifty new works. The most important of these have become core repertory for solo percussion. Schick was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2014.
Steven Schick is artistic director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. As a conductor, he has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, Ensemble Modern, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. He is the curator of, and will be conductor and percussion soloist in, “It’s About Time,” a festival of the San Diego Symphony to be held in January of 2018.
Schick’s publications include a book, “The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams,” and many articles. He has released numerous recordings including the 2010 “Percussion Works of Iannis Xenakis,” and its companion, “The Complete Early Percussion Works of Karlheinz Stockhausen” in 2014 (both on Mode). He received the “Diapason d’Or” as conductor (Xenakis Ensemble Music with ICE) and the Deutscheschallplattenkritikpreis, as percussionist (Stockhausen), each for the best new music release of 2015. He was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2014.
Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music and holds the Reed Family Presidential Chair at the University of California, San Diego. He was music director of the 2015 Ojai Festival.
Steve Lippia has become one of the most prominent, in-demand vocalists and has quickly established his place among the finest interpreters of “standards” and traditional pop music in the nation.Steve’s youthful, energetic talent and powerful show create a perfect blend of “classic” with “today.”His show introduces a new generation to this timeless music while appealing to long-time listeners.
Steve began his career headling highly successful, extended engagements at the Rio Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, where SRO audiences lined up more than two hours before show time to vie for seating. He has performed in multiple engagements for Hilton Atlantic City and Casino Windsor, among others.
Steve has become a favorite of Symphonies and has performed to sold-out audiences across North America, from the Boston Pops to the Kansas City Symphony.
Steve has headlined to SRO crowds at the legendary “Birdland Jazz Club” in New York City, backed by the Nelson Riddle and Woody Herman Orchestras. He performed in a highly successful European Jazz Festival Tour which resulted in a nationally televised special on Finnish TV2.
Steve’s TV appearances include “EXTRA,” FOX’s “Good Day New York,” CNN’s “Showbiz Today,” ABC and the BBC.
Steve is originally from Connecticut but makes his home in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife and 2 miniature German Schnauzers.