February 23, 2010 | Review of show with Indianapolis Pops

Here's the review from the Indianapolis Examiner for the show with the Indianapolis Pops. Click here to read it off the Examiner website

"Tony DeSare is often compared to modern day crooners Michael Buble and Harry Connick, Jr.However, based on his stunning performance this past Saturday evening in a Valentine's Romance concert, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, it is safe to declare that DeSare's style is closer to that of the late Frank Sinatra, who was a master of phrasing and interpreter of lyrics.

Though possessing a similar stage presence, sensual sound and the lean looks of a young Sinatra, DeSare nevertheless proved that he is a multi-threat original when it comes to his other gifts as a songwriter and pianist---talents which were on ample display during this concert.

In a program filled with song selections from the American Songbook, the always effervescent Jack Everly, Pops conductor of the ISO, led the orchestra comprised of exceptional musicians, with his usual skill and flair.

Setting the tone for an evening dedicated to love, the concert's first half included songs such as Moon River, a medley of songs composed by Johnny Mercer (which included Jeeper's Creepers), and  Laura. Also included was the theme from the 1963 film, Charade.

The second half of the concert consisted of vocals and piano solos performed by DeSare, accompanied by his own musicians---Steve Doyle on bass, an amazing Edward Decker on an electric seven string guitar and the entire symphony orchestra.

Alternating between the piano and mike stand, DeSare was poised and at ease as he sang both standards and his own compositions.  Moving effortlessly about the stage and bantering easily with the audience, he conveyed a charm and showmanship which connected him solidly to an engaged audience and showcased his considerable appeal.

As his image was broadcast by live cameras and projected on a large screen suspended high above the orchestra, the telegenic DeSare sang classics such as That Old Black Magic, Just In Time, My Funny Valentine, One For My Baby, I Love A Piano, and Dream Your Dream from the musical Sweet Charity.

Illustrating his prowess as a songwriter, DeSare also performed three of his very pleasing original songs which included, Will You Marry Me:, That's How I'll Say 'I love You' and Let's Just Stay In, which is featured in the current 20th Century Fox Film, The Tooth Fairy.

Demonstrating both his jazz and piano virtuosity, the versatile DeSare delighted the audience with a totally unexpected vocal rendition of Kiss by Prince and later, a piano solo in which he performed an unconventional Autumn Leaves with an originality and passion that was astounding.

For more information about DeSare, visit his website at www.TonyDesare.com. For information about upcoming ISO concerts, visit www.indianapolissymphony.org or call 317/639-4300"