Photo Credit: Stevo Rood

Last night, Nathaniel Rateliff, joined by an orchestral ensemble, performed the Harry Nilsson album, A Little Touch Of Schmilsson in the Night, in its entirety at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

Rateliff honored the 50th anniversary of Nilsson’s 1973 collection, notable as the late singer-songwriter’s homage to standards from the Great American Songbook. The hour-long appearance featured an in-sequence reading of the dozen-song set, augmented beautifully by conductor Christopher Dragon’s orchestral accompaniment and featuring guitarist Luke Mossman, of Rateliff’s Night Sweats band.

The program concluded with a run of classics from Nilsson’s catalog, selected by Rateliff, that included “Everybody’s Talking,” plus the Nilsson-adopted Jimmy Cliff nugget, “Many Rivers to Cross,” and closed with an extended “Jump Into The Fire,” and the poignant “Turn On Your Radio.”

The Disney Hall show followed a pair of Rateliff Plays Nilsson performances in the singer’s Denver hometown and precedes a scheduled April 1 date at New York City’s Lincoln Center. Learn more by visiting the artist’s official website.