December, 2010Johnny Mathis has been a national celebrity and household name since he released his first hit in the 1950s. He can steal your breath away with just one note and make you swoon with a single song. This spectacular performer, best known for his smash hits “Chances Are” and “Misty,” promises to create golden memories in a special concert with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra on January 22 at Bass Performance Hall. Scott Lavender and Andrés Franco conduct.
The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29 - $99 and are available at www.fwsymphony.org or by phone at 817-665-6000.
Mathis has been a national celebrity and household name since the late ‘50s when he released the hits “Wonderful, Wonderful,” “It’s Not for Me to Say” and “Chances Are” followed by “Misty.” His ballads are so popular that Johnny’s Greatest Hits – which launched the “greatest hits” genre – stayed on Billboard’s Top 40 Chart for nearly ten years. He is one of the few pop artists who can claim to have had a top 40 hit in every decade since 1955. A two-time Grammy nominee, Mr. Mathis’ hit single “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late,” recorded with Deniece Williams, came almost twenty-one years after one of his very first hits, “Chances Are.”
Mathis’ voice can be heard in countless movies, he has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he has participated in the Academy Awards presentation many times to sing the song nominated in the “best song” category. In 2003 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 2004 he sang “Over the Rainbow” with Ray Charles on Genius Loves Company (and Charles requested the song be played at his memorial service). He released a standards CD, Isn’t It Romantic, in 2005. He celebrated his 50th anniversary as a recording star in 2006. Johnny Mathis – Gold: A 50th Anniversary Celebration and A 50th Christmas Celebration were both released and PBS taped a special called Wonderful, Wonderful. The special was later released on DVD as Johnny Mathis – Gold: A 50th Anniversary Celebration. The same year, Mathis received the Society of Singers coveted Ella Award.
These concerts are part of the Star-Telegram Pops Series and are made possible by season sponsors Star-Telegram, American Airlines, North Texas Audi Dealers and Worthington Renaissance Hotel. Promotional support is provided by Star-Telegram and WRR Classical 101.1 FM.
For more information or tickets, please visit www.fwsymphony.org or call 817-665-6000.