The Last Concert

The Last Concert

by Rosemary Clooney


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The Last Concert

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2002
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431216629
catalogNumber: 2166
Rank: 106996

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   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
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
Naomi Guy   Violin

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Matt Catingub   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Harold Arlen   Composer
Steve Bloom   Contributor
Kathy Brown   Cover Photo
Mike Brown   Location Recording
John Burk   Executive Producer
Betty Comden   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Jim Mancuso   Engineer
John Oddo   Arranger
Jule Styne   Composer
Catherine del Russo   Principal
Allen Sviridoff   Producer,Liner Notes
Stephen Dinion   Principal
Glen Barros   Executive Producer
Hung Wu   Principal
Claire Sakai-Hazzard   Associate Concertmaster
Mark Butin   Principal
Judy Barrett   Assistant Concertmaster
Michael Zonshine   Principal
James Lee Wyatt   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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The Last Concert 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿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.