Burt Bacharach

Fri Nov 11
Davies Symphony Hall
Jazz, Music
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Burt Bacharach piano, conductor
Elizabeth Chorley violin
Dennis Wilson woodwinds
Thomas Ehlen trumpet, flugelhorn
Bill Cantos keyboards
David Joyce keyboards
David Coy bass
John Ferraro drums, percussion
Josie James vocals
John Pagano vocals
Donna Taylor vocals


A true giant of American music, Burt Bacharach is one of the greatest popular composers of the 20th century. An eight-time GRAMMY and three-time Oscar winner, Bacharach (often with lyricist Hal David) was responsible for many of the hits that defined pop music from the 1960s to the present, including “Walk on By,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “That’s What Friends are For,” “Promises, Promises,” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” for Dionne Warwick, “Close to You” popularized by the Carpenters, and Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald’s duet “On My Own,” Tom Jones’ “What’s New, Pussycat?”, Jackie DeShannon’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” and dozens more. With a reach beyond the Hit Parade, Bacharach’s midas touch extended to Hollywood, where the theme songs to the 1966 comedy Alfie and 1981’s Arthur, as well as the #1 single “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” from 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid have become part of the American cultural identity. All told, Bacharach has racked up a mindboggling 73 US and 52 UK Top 40 hits over his four decade career. This rare chance to spend an evening with a songwriting legend promises a cross-section of Bacharach’s most beloved music, accompanied by a crack eight-piece band.


Combining elements of jazz, pop, Brazilian music and rock, Bacharach created a unique new sound that was as contemporary as it was popular. His unrivaled list of hits includes “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” and “(They Long to Be) Close to You.” Bacharach was a 2012 recipient of the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.



  1. Davies Symphony Hall
    201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA