Symphony Rocks the House with Michael Cavanaugh

Cannon Hall will be rocking on Saturday, March 7 at 7pm. Grammy and Tony nominated vocalist and pianist Michael Cavanaugh and his dynamic band, will reunite with the Owensboro Symphony to pay tribute to The Music of Elton John.

Michael Cavanaugh was made famous for his piano/lead vocals in the Broadway Musical Movin’ Out. He was handpicked by Billy Joel to star in title role and evokes a style rivaling the Piano Man. Michael appeared in the show for three years and over 1,200 performances, receiving accolade after accolade, which culminated in 2003 with both Grammy and Tony award nominations.

Michael began playing at age 7, when his parents bought their first piano.  Encouraged by family and friends, and inspired by his hero Billy Joel, Michael formed his first band at age 10 and began playing local functions, fine-tuning the craft that would become his chosen career. His first full time gig as a musician was an extended engagement in Orlando, Florida at a piano bar called Blazing Pianos. In January of 1999, Michael received an offer that would unknowingly change his life, with an opportunity to play Las Vegas at the famed “New York, New York Hotel and Casino.” It was there that Billy Joel spotted Michael and joined him on stage one fateful night of February 2001.  It only took 2 songs before Billy was convinced that he had found his new Piano Man, Michael Cavanaugh. Michael closed up shop at New York, New York and moved to New York City to work alongside Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp, to shape the Broadway Musical that would be called “Movin’ Out”. With the close of Movin’ Out at the end of 2005, Michael began touring in his own right, creating a show that reinterprets the modern pop/rock songbook. In addition to performances with symphony’s, he performs worldwide for sporting events including PGA tour events, the US Open, and the Indy 500.

“This performance is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! We had quite the demand to have Michael Cavanaugh return and were so thrilled to be able to make it happen. Everyone will enjoy his celebrated renditions of Bennie and the Jets, Crocodile RockRocket Man, and more.” said Symphony Deputy CEO, Gwyn Payne.

Tickets for the Owensboro Symphony’s concert range from 46.50 to $55.50 (includes handling fee). Student tickets are $15 each. Tickets can be purchased by calling 270-687-2770 or through the RiverPark Center Box Office, located at 101 Daviess Street. The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday,10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday. The box office re-opens at 5:30 p.m. prior to the 7:00 p.m. performance.


The Music of Elton John starring Michael Cavanaugh is sponsored by:

Additional Support:

Independence Bank

Martina and Dick Temple