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Updated: July 06, 2013 

November 2007 - Frank Sinatra Jr., Seth MacFarlane, Fox Broadcasting celebrates the 100th episode of Family Guy, Big Shots on ABC-TV, Dennis McNeil concert, Veterans Day Weekend Concerts with Riverside Phil, Arlen & Bennett, more
November 10 & 11 - Veteran's Day Weekend Concerts with Riverside Philharmonic
December 1 & 2 - Disney's Candlelight Concert
Feb. 1, 3, 6, & 9, 2008 - The Wonderful Wizard of Song with Sam Arlen and The Three Crooners

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John Sawoski accompanies Frank Sinatra Junior, Seth MacFarlane, and Johnny Crawford,
as Fox Broadcasting celebrates the 100th episode of Family Guy
Concert with Dennis McNeil at Marymount College
Big Shots Sideline
Avenue Q at the Ahmanson Theatre
Riverside Phil Concert Review
Other Continuing Engagements: Christopher Walker


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The Inland Empire/Riverside County Philharmonic;  Patrick Flynn, Music Director

Honoring the Veterans

A program of American and heroic music honoring veterans, active service personnel and reservists.
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Two Performances:

Full Concert Saturday Evening, November 10, 2007 8:00 P.M.
Riverside Municipal Auditorium

Special Family Concert: Sunday Afternoon, November 11, 2007 3:00 P.M.
Riverside Municipal Auditorium
Concert is Sponsored by the City of Riverside and
the County of Riverside. Open to the Public at no charge.

John Sawoski will play keyboards at Disneyland's 52nd Annual Candlelight Concert December 1 and 2, 2007, along with the orchestra, 650-voice choir, fanfare trumpeters, handbell choirs, and various soloists.

The Wonderful Wizard of Song
with Sam Arlen and The Three Crooners

John Sawoski will play keyboards Feb. 1st, 3rd, & 6th, 2008, with the national tour of The Wonderful Wizard of Song, and play piano and conduct the show Feb. 14. The show is a tribute to Wizard of Oz Composer Harold Arlen, co-written by American Idol’s Nigel Wright, and featuring  Sam Arlen, George Bugatti's Three Crooners, legendary blues artist Barbara Morrison, and a special pre-recorded performance by Tony Bennett, videotaped exclusively for this tour.

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Feb. 1 Malibu, CA - Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine University
Feb. 3 Glendora, CA - Haugh Performing Arts Center
Feb. 6 Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
Feb. 14 Marietta, GA - Jennie T. Anderson Theatre
NEWS UPDATE - November 2007
John Sawoski accompanies Frank Sinatra Junior, Seth MacFarlane, and Johnny Crawford, as Fox Broadcasting celebrates the 100th episode of Family Guy
Sawoski, MacFarlane, Johnny Crawford Orchestra
John Sawoski joined the Johnny Crawford orchestra (expanded with a large string section), to accompany Seth MacFarlane (creator, producer and the voice of Stewie Griffin on Family Guy) at the show's 100th episode party, held Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, at Social Hollywood. The orchestra played many of the orchestrations originally arranged by Nelson Riddle for Frank Sinatra. At the rehearsal, Frank Sinatra, Jr. conducted and sang several of the songs and told a few stories about his father. Although Frank Sinatra, Jr. has sung on Family Guy, at the party he had Seth sing his numbers with the orchestra, conducted by Walter Murphy, Family Guy's composer. Also singing that evening was orchestra leader Johnny Crawford, who was also one of the original Mouseketeers.

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John Sawoski played piano and musical directed for:

"Dennis McNeil: From the Met to Marymount"

Dennis McNeil

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2007 • 7:30 p.m.
Marymount Auditorium • Free

Dennis McNeil entertained five United States presidents. He wowed crowds at the Los Angeles Opera, the Met and the New York City Opera.  He is equally at home on the Broadway stage as he is performing with Bruce Hornsby and the Grateful Dead in front of 14,000 fans at the Further Festival.  Now, in a rare public performance, he will sing for the South Bay.

A Peninsula native, a student at Miraleste High School, a graduate of Loyola High School, Dennis McNeil will be gracing the Marymount College Auditorium stage on Friday, October 26 as the college continues a celebration of its 75th birthday.

Called the “quintessential classical crossover singer”, Dennis will entertain the audience with an eclectic program of pop standards, Broadway hits and songs straight from the streets of Italy.

An award-winning tenor, McNeil has also been lauded by the entertainment press. London Times praised Dennis’ “… ease and warmth of voice…gorgeously swooning and heat drunk.”

Big Shots on ABC-TV

John Sawoski recently worked on the shooting of an episode of the ABC television drama Big Shots, where he appeared on camera as a pianist in a band, which also included saxophonist Rick Keller, drummer Dave Derge, bassist Kirk Smith, and guitarist Rick Fleishman. Contracted by Visual Music.

John Sawoski plays keyboards for Avenue Q at Ahmanson Theatre

Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical!
A hilarious show full of heart and hummable tunes, AVENUE Q is about trying to make it in NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account.

John Sawoski played for performances of the tour during its first Los Angeles run, during September and October of 2007. 

The Inland Empire/Riverside County Philharmonic;  Patrick Flynn, Music Director

John Sawoski played Aaron Copland's Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra with harp and piano and other pieces in concert with Riverside County Philharmonic Oct. 6 and 7. The Riverside Press-Enterprise said:

"Among the other highlights of the evening were fine solo sections... a magical moment in "Lieutenant Kije" when the orchestra sounded like a music box led by keyboardist John Sawoski on celesta" - Riverside Press-Enterprise

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Music to Smile About
Deborah Avery, Clarinet
Guest Conductor Barry Jekowsky

GUEST CONDUCTOR, BARRY JEKOWSKY, Music Director of the Reno Philharmonic and the California Symphony. Deborah Avery, RCP’s super clarinetist performs Copland’s jazzy clarinet concerto.

  • Til Eulenspeigl’s merry pranks, Richard Strauss
  • Clarinet Concerto, Aaron Copland
  • Viktor’s Tale, John Williams;
  • Night on a Bald Mountain, Moussorgsky

    other fun pieces by Vivaldi, Prokofiev, Bright Sheng, and Debussy.

    To listen to a 34-minute BBC Radio 3 program about Copland's Clarinet Concert, please click




Other Continuing Engagements:

Composer/Conductor Christopher WalkerSundays 9 am: John Sawoski accompanies for the Caritas Chorus at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Parish in Los Angeles under the direction of renowned composer Christopher Walker. St. Paul's is located at: 10750 Ohio Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024.



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Classical Recording Sessions With Peter Sheridan

John Sawoski recorded and edited an album of classical flute and piano pieces with flutist Peter Sheridan, including Sonatine by Claude Arrieu, Sonatina by Matthias, the Faure Fantasis, and a special Sawoski arrangement of one Chopin variation. The album is called Flute Colors, and should be released soon. To hear free audio samples from the sessions, please click:


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Copyright 2007 John Sawoski, PO Box 7060, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. (310) 590-6000. All rights reserved

Last updated: 10/30/12