Song Travels with Michael Feinstein
"In this series, we talk about songs. How important they are in our lives… how they’ve changed our lives…how sometimes they make life worth living." – Michael Feinstein
“Song Travels with Michael Feinstein” is a new 13-hour special series from NPR and South Carolina ETV Radio, hosted by five-time Grammy-nominated performer Michael Feinstein. In each program, Feinstein sits down with a musical guest to explore American Popular Song and the intimate journey singers and songs take with one another, each changing the other through the course of a lifetime.
“That’s what the show’s about…that it’s a song that’s 100 years old, with an arranger who was famous in the ‘40s, working in the ‘70s, and yet we’re listening to it now…and it’s absolutely timeless in what it does.”
The line-up of top performers spans the musical spectrum, and includes Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, violinist Joshua Bell, Pink Martini pianist Thomas Lauderdale, U.K. pop sensation, Rumer, and actor David Hyde Pierce, who illustrate the Great American Songbook to a whole new audience. With this new series, Feinstein, a longtime archivist and advocate for the repertoire, re-introduces the original canon of Popular Song tunes through fresh translations. His guests share their passion for the songs through conversation, and occasional performances and duets with Feinstein, illustrating the continuing evolution of the songs across time, as well as each guest’s own musical journey.
“Music often reflects its time…who knows what’s going to happen in 10 years? But to me, it’s a passing parade, and all of it is worthy. People are compelled to make music.”— BetteMidler