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Michael Feinstein on conducting and composers

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Michael Feinstein is a celebrity in the music world for his revivals of the classic American songbook, and has been nominated for five Grammy awards for his conducting. His new book, “The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs,” explores the legacy composers George and Ira Gershwin, and is interlaced with personal anecdotes: Feinstein spent six years working for Ira Gershwin, cataloging Gershwin materials.

Kirkus calls the book, which comes with accompanying audio, the 12 songs the title mentions, “Frisky, affectionate, lushly illustrated, deeply informed and profoundly respectful.” Feinstein, the new lead conductor of the Pasadena Pops joins Larry in the studio to discuss his new book and his relationship to the Gershwins.


Michael Feinstein, author of “The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs” (Simon & Schuster); entertainer, conductor and educator who is known as one of the leading experts on classic American popular music. Feinstein is a five-time Grammy nominee and two-time Emmy nominee.