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Discover Acclaimed Pianist Michael Sobie at His Magical Concert, ROCKET MAN, Featuring the Music of Elton John


If you are a fan of Elton John’s music and would like to attend a wonderful concert where parking is not an issue, save the date of May 17. At 8 p.m. talented pianist Michael Sobie will present ROCKET MAN: A Live Orchestral Experience for one night only at our local St. Monica Catholic Church. Tickets can be secured at rocketmanorchestra.com.

  

An avid fan of Sir Elton John, pianist Michael Sobie has been following the legend’s storied career for over 30 years. Primarily studying classical piano as a child, Michael would read Elton John sheet music to learn the songs after he finished practicing each day. In fact, he attributes much of his playing style, ability to read chords, excellent sight reading, and love of a good secondary dominant to the Elton library.

  

Having spent over a decade dreaming of creating a show of this magnitude, he finally found the perfect time to pour his talent into a concert that is years in the making.

  

The development of ROCKET MAN began in 2016. Since then, Michael has performed a 75-minute version of the show in various iterations, solo at the piano, However, he still had the urge to do something bigger.

  

Writing this show for an orchestra was neither quick nor easy, but a challenge Michael looked forward to tackling. Without the original recordings’ guitars and synths, it was important for Michael to capture the essence of the Elton John band while using more acoustic instruments and updating the classic songs with his own arrangements and orchestrations. Though he will be assuming the role of the titular Rocket Man that evening, Michael prefers to share the spotlight. Joining him onstage will be some of L.A.’s finest musicians who have collectively recorded and performed with the likes of Hans Zimmer, Stevie Nicks, Barbra Streisand, and Elton John, himself.

  

Born and raised in the Midwest, Michael began playing after his grandparents gifted him with a piano on Christmas Day in 1987.


Years of dedication and practice led him on a professional journey that began by touring with Broadway musicals such as Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, Wicked, and Les Miserables. Eventually, he landed in Los Angeles in 2013 where he currently resides.

 

Michael has also recorded and conducted soundtracks for television and film. Ultimately, Michael reached a point where he wanted to branch out with his own creative passion. Enjoy his concert on May 17 at 8 p.m. More info and tickets at rocketmanorchestra.com



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