The Smith Center in Las Vegas was sold out last Saturday as Eng fans from around the world gathered together to celebrate Grammy nominated, Golden Globe “Entertainer of the Year” and multi-platinum selling British heartthrob, Engelbert Humperdinck’s 49th year in Music and 80th Birthday.
Sri Lankan American Mahesh Balasooriya was his Music Director. Mahesh directed music for the motion picture “Shards” and has performed with the late Natalie Cole, Grammy winning Stanley Clarke, and many more. Mahesh was nominated for a Grammy Award for the piece entitled “Cascades” under his direction of Patrick Williams. He also won the “Most Outstanding Rhythm Player” at the Monetary Jazz festival and was selected to tour in Japan with the all star band. In 2002 he was selected as one of the only two pianists worldwide to the Henry Mancini Institute, where he had the opportunity to meet great musicians from around the world and broadened his knowledge in the field of film scoring and Jazz music. He also received the Sri Lanka Foundation’s Exceptional Performance Award in 2008 for his achievements as an outstanding Pianist.
The concert ended with a medley of popular Eng hits which included “Spanish Eyes,” “Release Me” and “For the Good Times” and a double encore. “I love Las Vegas, and I love the fans here. It’s where Dean Martin put my name up on a Strip marquee for the first time and where I became good friends with Elvis. There’s something very special about playing Las Vegas, and I never tire of being here. “When you have such enthusiasm from a totally sold-out audience, it really makes you feel fantastic — and I promise that I’ll be back for more.”