One of the foremost songwriters of the twentieth century, Billy Joel’s music is beloved around the world. Eclectic, but always uniquely recognizable, his songs tell stories to the backdrop of his virtuosic piano playing. This show celebrates the songs and the style of Billy Joel, evoking the energy and passion of live performances in his 1970’s and 1980’s pomp. The Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre presents Celebrating Billy Joel featuring Rob Stringer and Alex Dee on Sunday, November 13 at 8 pm.
Playing international smash hits such as Just The Way You Are, New York State of Mind, Uptown Girl, Vienna, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, Piano Man and many, many more; this superb group of multi-instrumentalists featuring renowned vocalists and piano players Rob Stringer and Alex Dee pay tribute to one of American music’s greats.
Rob Stringer has worked professionally as a session musician for two decades, both in the studio and live TV and Radio work, including appearances on Later with Jools Holland and BBC prime time show Peaky Blinders.
Rob is a great lover of jazz music, renowned as a performer on the UK jazz circuit, his style influenced heavily by Harry Connick Jr, Ray Charles, and Nat King Cole. Early in his professional piano career, Rob studied piano technique under the tutelage of Eleanor Hancock in New York City at The Taubman Institute.
Rob is relishing the opportunity to perform in this new show celebrating one of his favorite artists and the chance to combine two of his big musical passions, singing and playing piano.
Alex Dee is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who has been a professional musician for two decades. He has worked as a session musician for an eclectic range of artists, most notably playing keyboards and guitar for Graham Gouldman and 10cc from 2018. Other credits as a side-man include playing saxophone for soul legends The Flirtations and tenure as sax player for Jamie N Commons – a highlight of this period was opening for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Holland.
Alex has worked as a session singer/recording artist for various national TV productions including The Voice, Dancing on Ice and Starstruck as well as appearing as a featured vocalist on-screen on primetime live TV in the UK.
His role in Celebrating Billy Joel sees him return to the artist and the catalogue of songs that ignited his passion for music in the first place.
He says: “bringing the songs of Billy Joel to groups of people who love them as much as I do is a pleasure and a privilege”.
Tickets priced at $55, $45 and $35 are available at The Raymond James Central Ticket Office at Ruth Eckerd Hall, by calling 727.791.7400 or visiting www.RuthEckerdHall.com. The Raymond James Central Ticket Office at Ruth Eckerd Hall is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm ONLY. The Bilheimer Capitol Ticket Office will open one hour prior to show time.
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