- $25 for one ticket to see Chris Botti (up to $58.57 value)
- When: Thursday, December 4, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Riverside Theater
- Seating: balcony, rows H–BB
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
- Click here to view the seating chart
- His style: a fusion smoothie of jazz and pop
- His look: dapper and handsome, earning him a spot on People magazine’s 2004 list of the “50 Most Beautiful People”
- His instrument: a Martin Committee large bore Handcraft trumpet made in 1939, a.k.a very cool
- 9: the age he started playing the trumpet
- How he first got to Carnegie Hall: as a member of McDonalds’ All American High School Jazz band
- Cool thing he did in his senior year of college, while you were preparing to move back in with your folks: he toured with Frank Sinatra and Buddy Rich
- After that: he released a string of albums, landed four of them at the #1 spot on Billboard’s Jazz Albums listings, and became besties with Sting
- His latest album: Impressions, which earned the 2013 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album
The Riverside Theater
As vaudeville heaved its last breaths in the late 1920s, RKO’s Riverside Theater opened in 1928 and served as a performance hall for just a few years before Warner Brothers took it over to screen their films. Decades of neglect followed, reaching a nadir in 1966 when a carelessly tossed cigarette butt incinerated the proscenium’s drapery, prompting the cash-conscious owners to replace the opulent teal velour with workmanlike duvetyn. A slated demolition in 1982 nearly replaced the theater with a shopping mall before a coalition of citizens convinced philanthropist Joseph Zilber to save the space. In the subsequent renovations, craftsmen installed plush red drapery, overhauled the obsolete lighting, and repainted the faded French Baroque gilding of the auditorium, restoring the elegant space to its former glory and inspiring it to get back out on the theater dating scene.