Tony Award Winner Don Sebesky’s Papers at the Library
The Music Division is excited to announce the arrival of the Don Sebesky Papers at the Library of Congress. Sebesky has led a distinguished career as a composer, arranger, conductor, and performer. His work has made a lasting impression on the worlds of Broadway, orchestras, film, and television. Learn more about Sebesky below.
Don Sebesky Conducting (2011), Courtesy of Don Sebesky
ABOUT DON SEBESKY
Don Sebesky (b. Perth Amboy, New Jersey, 1937) is an accomplished, respected and highly successful composer, arranger, conductor and performer who has worked with some of the leading symphony orchestras of the world and has a long list of Broadway theater credits. He is also well-known for his collaborations with top selling artists in pop and jazz, such as Tony Bennett, Maynard Ferguson, Freddie Hubbard, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Stan Kenton, Wes Montgomery, Buddy Rich and Vanessa Williams.
Sebesky has received numerous awards, including a Drama Desk Award, three GRAMMYs and two Tonys (including Best Orchestration in 2015 for An American in Paris), and he has composed and arranged for film, television and many well-known commercials. His career as an arranger took off when he joined the staff of Verve Records in 1965. He is also the author of the best-selling orchestration text book, The Contemporary Arranger. Sebesky recently donated his papers to the Library’s Music Division.
Broadway: An American in Paris (2015 Tony Award), Porgy and Bess (London production by Trevor Nunn), Sinatra at the Palladium, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate(2000 Tony Award), Bells are Ringing, Parade, and Will Rogers Follies
Film: The Rosary Murders (starring Donald Sutherland), Hollow Image (with Morgan Freeman), and The Last of the Belles (with Susan Sarandon)
Don Sebesky in the studio (Courtesy of Don Sebesky/Joe DeVico, JVD Music)
Don Sebesky and JDV Music and Design. “About Don Sebesky.” http://www.donsebeskymusic.com.
Patrick T. Will and Barry Kernfeld. “Sebesky, Don.” The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd ed.. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/J401700.
As many collections are stored off-site, researchers are asked to make an appointment to use the Don Sebesky Papers by contacting the Music Division in advance.
Don Sebesky pictured with colleagues (Courtesy of Don Sebesky/Joe DeVico, JVD Music)
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