The Last Concert

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Rosemary Clooney's performance at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu, HI, on November 16, 2001, backed by the big band Big Kahuna & the Copa Cat Pack and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, turned out to be her final show before her death on June 29, 2002. Not surprisingly, though, there isn't anything about it to suggest finality specifically. But, as an appearance by a veteran performer with a long career to draw upon, it necessarily had a retrospective feel and, occurring only two months after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, it concluded with a reverent tone, Clooney's first recording of "God Bless America." Following an instrumental overture...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Rosemary Clooney's performance at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu, HI, on November 16, 2001, backed by the big band Big Kahuna & the Copa Cat Pack and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, turned out to be her final show before her death on June 29, 2002. Not surprisingly, though, there isn't anything about it to suggest finality specifically. But, as an appearance by a veteran performer with a long career to draw upon, it necessarily had a retrospective feel and, occurring only two months after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, it concluded with a reverent tone, Clooney's first recording of "God Bless America." Following an instrumental overture canvassing some of her better known songs none of which she went on to actually sing in the show, Clooney opened with "Sentimental Journey," the first of her borrowings from other "girl singers," since it is associated with Doris Day from her period with Les Brown's band. The song set the stage for a collection of standards written by the likes of Comden and Green and Jule Styne "Just in Time", Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg "Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe", Hoagy Carmichael "Rockin' Chair", Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II "Ol' Man River", George and Ira Gershwin "They Can't Take That Away From Me", and Irving Berlin "God Bless America". Clooney also paid tribute to other singers, including her sister Betty Clooney, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra. The album contains many of Clooney's stage remarks, which are punctuated with self-deprecating humor. She notes, for example, that the last time she played Hawaii was the day it became a state and now she is back "by popular demand." On the whole, the show is a typically wonderful Clooney show that just happens to have been her last.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2002
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431216629
  • Catalog Number: 2166
  • Sales rank: 159,753

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rosemary Clooney Primary Artist
Matt Catingub Piano, Conductor, Leader, Alto Saxophone
Nancy Masaki Cello
Danny Padilla Violin
Ignace Jang Violin, Concert Master
Stephen Dinion Percussion, Timpani
Dave Scott Trumpet
Philip Gottling Bassoon, Contrabassoon
Albert Alva Alto Saxophone
Anna Womack Viola
Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack Track Performer
Doug Beavers Trombone
Karen Bechtel Cello
Jennifer Lovejoy Baritone Saxophone
Steve Moretti Drums
Mike Olmos Trumpet
Dan Parenti Rhythm Bass
Sandra Wong Viola
Hung Wu Violin
Iolani Yamashiro Violin
Keiko S. Zou Violin
Michael Gorman Bass
Teresa Skinner Viola
John Ryan Gallagher Cello
Peter Askim Bass
Claire Sakai-Hazzard Violin
Mark Butin Viola
Judy Barrett Violin
John Kolivas Cello
Pauline Bai Cello
Tony Bonsera Trumpet
Wade Butin Horn
Michael Zonshine Trumpet
James Lee Wyatt III Percussion
Gregory Wrenn Violin
Stuart Chafetz Timpani
Matt Cowan Tenor Saxophone
Melvin Whitney Viola
Fumiko Wellington Violin
George Warnock Horn
Nancy Dimock Oboe
Gregory Dubay Cello
Janet Dubay Violin
Steve Flanter Viola
Beebe Freitas Keyboards
Ken Friedenberg Horn
Karen Fujimoto Cello
Rami Gepner Violin
Naomi Guy Violin
Katherine Hafner Violin
Kenneth Hafner Trumpet
Nyle Hallman Keyboards
Helen Higa Violin
Jean Michel Jacquon Viola
Scott Janusch Oboe
Louise Kefford Ching Cello
Arlene Koh Violin
Eric Kop Horn
Laurilyn Krantz Violin
Laurie Lake Flute, Piccolo
Robert Larm Clarinet, E-flat Clarinet
Susie Lee Cello
Timothy Leong Violin
Jasob Lichtenwalter English Horn, Oboe
Eric Mathis Trombone
Susan McGinn Flute
James Moffitt Clarinet
Emma Moon Flute
Kirby Nunez Bass
Jonathan Parrish Horn
Jason Pell Violin
Jeff Prinz Alto Saxophone
Maile Reeves Violin
David Saltzman Tuba
Greg Saul Trombone
Amanda Schubert Violin
Marsha Schweitzer Bassoon
Sheryl Shohet Violin
Michiko Singh Horn
Scott J. Anderson Clarinet
William Bailey Viola
Paul H. Barrett Bassoon
Leon Burton Bass
James T. Decker Trombone
Andrew Eckhard Cello
Joanna Fleming Cello
Norman Foster Clarinet
Riely Francis Percussion
Laurel Hall Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Joan Hayden Violin
Honolulu Symphony Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Matt Catingub Arranger, Producer, Orchestration
Steve Bloom Contributor
Kathy Brown Cover Photo
Mike Brown Location Recording
John Burk Executive Producer
Jim Mancuso Engineer
John Oddo Arranger
Catherine del Russo Principal
Allen Sviridoff Producer, Liner Notes
Stephen Dinion Principal
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Hung Wu Principal
Seth Presant Mastering
Claire Sakai-Hazzard Associate Concertmaster
Mark Butin Principal
Judy Barrett Assistant Concertmaster
Michael Zonshine Principal
James Lee Wyatt III Principal
Stuart Chafetz Principal
George Warnock Principal
Nancy Dimock Principal
Gregory Dubay Principal
Steve Flanter Principal
Ken Friedenberg Principal
Scott Janusch Principal
Laurie Lake Orchestra Librarian, Principal
Eric Mathis Principal
Susan McGinn Principal
James Moffitt Principal
Kirby Nunez Principal
David Saltzman Principal
Marsha Schweitzer Principal
Rick Ames Location Recording
Scott J. Anderson Principal
Paul H. Barrett Principal
Carolyn Berry Contributor
James T. Decker Principal
Andrew Eckhard Principal
Rebecca Edelson Personnel Manager
Norman Foster Principal
Riely Francis Principal
John Kendrick Equipment Engineer, Location Sound
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A beautiful and heartfelt last concert

    ¿The Last Concert¿ is Rosemary¿s first, and last, recorded public appearance. The album is a beautiful representation of her distinctively refined, yet silky smooth voice, as she is accompanied with the Honolulu Symphony Pops Orchestra. She dedicates classics such as ¿Ol¿ Man River,¿ ¿The Singer,¿ and ¿They Can¿t Take That Away From Me¿ to Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, two of her most favorite people. The Concert, which was held just 2 months following the September 11 terrorist attacks, ends with a heartfelt rendition of ¿God Bless America.¿ Rosemary will always be missed, and this album so gracefully reminds us of Rosemary¿s beautiful expression of the music she so loved.

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