When songwriter Neil Sedaka performs in York County in May, the audience will hear the songs of their lives, said Ken Wesler, executive director of the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center.

"They will hear songs that they love from that artist that will be like the song track of their lives, and that's who Neil Sedaka is," Wesler said.

Sedaka, also a singer and composer, will perform with the York Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Strand-Capitol at 50 N. George St. in York City.

Tickets for the event are now on sale, Wesler said. To purchase, call the Strand-Capitol at 846-1111 or email www.yorksymphony.org.

Proceeds from the event will benefit all York Symphony programs, including school performances, education programs and community outreach projects.

The May event is part of YSO's SuperPops performance night. Sedaka will perform during the second half of YSO's concert.

Sedaka, 73, is known for his chart-topping hits "Calendar Girl," "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen," and "Breaking Up is Hard to Do.

Sedaka, who at age 9 started studies at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York, gained fame as one of the first teen pop stars in the 1950s, according to his website at www.neilsedaka.com.

He rose to stardom as a singer/songwriter after Connie Francis recorded his "Stupid Cupid" song and later sang the theme to "Where the Boys Are," which Sedaka wrote with Howard Greenfield.

Sedaka's hit songs include, "The Hungry Years," performed by Frank Sinatra, "Solitaire," sung by Elvis Presley, and "Working on a Groovy Thing," sung by The Fifth Dimension.


This is the first time Sedaka will perform at the Strand-Capitol, Wesler said.

"He's an amazing composer," Wesler said. "I'm sure there will be people who think they know his work that will say, "Wow, you wrote that, too?"