About the Program
Over the course of her career, Gloria Estefan, the seven-time Grammy® Award-winning international superstar, has recorded many classics from the American Songbook and collaborated with musical icons such as Frank Sinatra, BB King, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and, most recently, with the legendary Tony Bennett. It has been a lifelong dream of Gloria’s to record an entire album of standards — songs that have a very special meaning in her life — ¬and now that dream is a reality.
Gloria Estefan. Photo courtesy of Jesus Cordero.
“I chose some of the most beloved songs of all time, songs that spoke to me personally,” Gloria said. “We recorded the album live in the studio with a core group of four incredibly talented musicians, all maestros of this genre, and a wonderful orchestra. Something really special happens when musicians record together live — it was magical, and this PBS special will actually be the first time that I’m performing these songs live in concert.”
On her new album, simply titled "Gloria Estefan The Standards," she recorded songs that were written by some of the most well-known songwriters of all time, including Jerome Kern, Chaplin and Gershwin. Featured on the album are Grammy Award-winners Laura Pausini and Joshua Bell, and saxophone great Dave Koz, who also performs in the PBS concert special.
“This Standards album and concert special bring everything full circle for me,” Estefan said. “It has been a labor of love in so many ways and has allowed me to record and perform these classic songs in a new and modern way.”
Gloria performs The Standards with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, led and conducted by Grammy-Award nominee Shelly Berg at the renowned New World Center. Gloria personally selected some of her all-time favorite songs, from the Billie Holiday classic “Good Morning Heartache” and her adaptation of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile,” to her wedding song, “El Dia Que Me Quieras,” translated into English for the first time as “The Day You Say You Love Me.”
Estefan’s signature and distinctively sultry contralto voice perfectly embraces some of the most recognizable and beloved tunes from past musical eras in this unforgettable, intimate performance.
Gloria Estefan features these performances, plus some surprises:
• “Good Morning Heartache”
• “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”
• “You Made Me Love You”
• “I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face”
• “The Day You Say You Love Me (El Dia Que Me Querias)”
• “How Long Has This Been Going On” (featuring Dave Koz)
• “Embraceable You”
• “What a Wonderful World”
• “Young at Heart”