The music of The Rolling Stones, Shreveport cellist coming to town
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The Shreveport Symphony Orchestra will kick off the second half of its 2017-18 season with two diverse concerts featuring home state music heroes.
First, the SSO will deliver “satisfaction” in the upcoming concert “The Music of The Rolling Stones” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at Riverview Theater in Shreveport.
Windborne Music, a touring symphony group, will return to perform with the SSO for the rock tribute show. The show will feature a full setlist of songs by The Rolling Stones elevated with the sounds and energy of a classical orchestra and led by conductor Brent Havens. The featured tunes will include “I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction), “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Start Me Up.”
“The Windborne production adds an absolutely first-rate rock band, including an unbelievable guitarist, the Symphony playing great orchestra arrangements, and lighting and sound effects to make it a complete experience for the audience. It’s a whole different kind of symphony evening,” said SSO executive director Lois Robinson.
It was previously scheduled for Brody Dolyniuk to join the production, however, Robinson said there was a recent lineup change. Lead vocals will be provided by Randy Jackson.
“Since he is super well-known and loved in Louisiana, we think he will be a great addition to the evening,” Robinson said. “As all his fans know, he is the real thing when it comes to classic rock.”
Jackson, a New Orleans-native, comes with a load of classic rock experience, as the lead singer and guitarist for the 1980s band Zebra. And he’s an inductee in the Louisiana Hall of Fame.
And later in the month, a Shreveportnative will return to perform a cello concerto with the SSO.
“The Great C Major” will be 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Riverview Theater.
International cellist John-Henry Crawford will perform the Cello Concerto, composed by Friedrich Gulda. SSO’s music director Michael Butterman described the piece by Gulda as a “stylistic mashup of everything from rock and jazz improv to minuet and marching band.”
Crawford is a graduate of Curtis Institute of Music and scholarship graduate student at Julliard School of Music. The rising cellist was selected to compete in the XV International Tchaikowsky Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. And his long list of accomplishments include classical music awards and performances with the International Concert Series of the Louvre in Paris, the Memphis Symphony and the Louisiana Philharmonic.
“We so enjoyed collaborating with him a few years back and have enjoyed watching his emergence as a major talent in the international scene,” Butterman said. “We are proud to welcome back this native son to his hometown. I hope his appearance with us will be inspirational to other area artists and also serve as a focus for civic pride in general. It’s worth celebrating.”
The SSO will continue the January show with Symphony No. 9 “Great C Major” by Franz Schubert. The concert will be conducted by SSO’s Michael Butterman.
“The ‘great’ C-major symphony of Schubert is one of the true pillars of the orchestral repertoire,” Butterman said. “It features the composer’s gift for lyrical melody and also demonstrates a mastery of formal architecture and dramatic construction — very classic in many senses of the word.”
Arrive at 6:40 p.m. to attend a free “Concert Conversation,” presented by the SSO.
These two concerts show how diverse symphony concerts have become,” Robinson said. “We want to be an asset to the community and serve as many people as we can.”
Tickets for both shows are available at shreveportsymphony.com. As the symphony-rock shows have sold out in previous years, Robinson recommends purchasing early.
The Rolling Stones (PHOTO: NELSON ALMEIDA, AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Randy Jackson, frontman for Zebra, will perform with Windborne Music and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra in 'The Music of The Rolling Stones.' COURTESY OF WINDBORNE MUSIC
Cellist John-Henry Crawford COURTESY PHOTO
Brent Havens, conductor for Windborne Music. COURTESY OF WINDBORNE MUSIC