Vocalist will join group for Chevalier tribute
DANVILLE — The Danville Symphony Orchestra on Thursday will present "My Paris, A Tribute to Maurice Chevalier," featuring Tony Sandler, the platinum-selling vocalist and entertainer best known as half of the Las Vegas duo Sandler and Young.
"My Paris" will feature some of Chevalier's signature songs, among them "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and "I Remember It Well" from the 1958 film "Gigi."
Also on the program: Maurice Ravel's "Bolero," Emmanuel Chabrier's "Espania" and other French orchestral favorites.
Originally from Belgium, Sandler began singing as a boy with the French Gregorian choir Les Petits Chanteurs la Croix de Bois, which performed at the Basilica of St. Peter for Pope Pius XII.
After recording his first hit, "Song of the Sea," in 1954 while serving in the Belgian Air Force, Sandler became a stage, television and film star throughout Europe before coming to the United States.
He is best known for his work in the duo he formed with American vocalist Ralph Young. They became one of the hottest acts in Vegas and show business, with frequent appearances on the Johnny Carson, Ed Sullivan, Dean Martin and Merv Griffin shows.
"My Paris, a Tribute to Maurice Chevalier" will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St. Tickets for adults are $30 in Section A and $28 in Section B; senior citizens, $28 and $26; and students, $15. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. To order, call 443-5300.