Lionel Richie concert review: Endless hits at the Patriot Center
Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Richies been crooning the same songs for so long Penny Lover, Truly, Ballerina Girl, Lady that he could probably sing them in his sleep. The same could be said of the members of the predominantly middle-aged crowd. We have known each other a long time, he cooed onstage, flashing a big smile at the ladies in the front row who werent seat-sharing but instead jumping up and down and shrieking. Richie instructed people in the arena to go back in time and reminisce about when they first heard his songs, and where you were, what you were doing and who you were doing it with. From the dreamy looks on many peoples faces, those were some happy memories. What could have been an incredibly sleepy affair with so many slow love songs actually zoomed by, as Richie basked in his former glory, strolling back and forth across the stage, pausing to tell the history of some of his (and the Commodores) most well-known hits, including Still, Stuck On You and Three Times a Lady. Richies voice, strained at some points, still provided enough power for bursts of energy for Dancing on the Ceiling and the island-themed smash All Night Long. Although it was a little unsettling to see Richie (whos Grandpa Lionel now, he reminded everyone, although his grandkids call him Pop Pop) make the hourglass-figure hand motions with Brick House. But Richie embraced the cheesiness, with some especially awkward dancing: lots of hip swivels and pointing of index fingers in the air. Easily winded, he caught his breath a couple times as he soaked in the screams from the audience and wiped the sweat from his forehead with a small towel. No mention was made of his recent return to pop-culture relevance with last years Tuskegee , a compilation of countrified versions of his songs featuring guest stars that include Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean. It was his first No. 1 album in 25 years. Instead, the concert remained all about the past, culminating in a long shout-out to Michael Jackson when Richie closed with We Are the World. Curiously, the feel-good group hug of an evening ended on a somber note. What really disturbed Jackson, Richie recalled, was that after they wrote the song, it didnt seem to change anything.
The temperature reached over 1,000 degrees a destroying icons, the sanctuary, the kitchen, Sunday school classrooms and the fraternal areas, said Father Earl Cantos. Preliminary estimates totaled more than $1 million dollars in damages. aWe pretty much lost everything on the inside,a Cantos said. aThere was so much damage throughout all of the complex a These last four months, weave been cleaning up all the smoke damage to try to get back in to at least honor properly.a Cantos said the damage caused by the fire not only impacted the churchas ability to host services, but also resulted in the cancellation of the 38th Annual Tucson Greek Festival, the churchas main fundraiser. Church leaders still wanted to host an event and open the church up to the community, so they decided to host the Fire Benefit Concert for St. Demetrios in an effort to raise funds for rebuilding. aInstead of the festival, weare doing this benefit concert, which is going to be an awful lot of fun,a Cantos said. Jim Howell, chair and performer for the event as well as lifelong member of the parish, said the decision to hold the event was an easy one. aWe didnat have a place to prepare for the festival, let alone hold it,a Howell said. aThis concert means a great deal to us, to still have some type of event and reach out to the greater Tucson community.a The concertas headliners will be Cantosa brother Bill, an internationally known jazz pianist, and his wife, Mary Falcone. Ellington Big Band and The Jim Howell Band will also play. In addition to the performers, the event will also feature a museum showcasing items and photographs that survived the fire, Cantos said. For Howell, the benefit concert represents not just an opportunity to provide entertainment, but also a way to give back to a place important to his family. aMy grandparents were married in St.
Cecilian Concert Series presenting the best of the best
Next month, Charlotte will have a chance to hear some of the best musicians from China and the southeastern U.S. Charlottes Chinese American Association, the Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University, and the North Carolina China Council in Raleigh will host a concert titled Trans-Pacific Melodies. The concert will be 7 p.m. Oct. 5. The China National Orchestra and the North Carolina International Orchestra will perform at the Dale F. Halton Theater on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College. The CNO is an arts institute of the Ministry of Culture in China. Fifteen members of the orchestra will perform in four concerts in the United States. The CNO is led by artistic director Xi Qiang, an expert in Chinese folk music. He also is a Chinese traditional stringed instrument performer. The NCIO is a symphony orchestra of professional musicians established for joint performances with the CNO. About 75 musicians from across the Southeast participate. The NCIO concertmaster is Xi Yang. The logistics of this project were coordinated by Lian Xie of the N.C. China Council in Raleigh.
Concert will feature ‘best of the best’
Cecilia before moving to Knox Metropolitan Church for the 2012-13. The first two seasons featured artists like pianist Maria Fuller, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, The Tommy Banks Trio and violinist James Ehnes. Hereas a brief look at the featured artists for 2013-14: * The New Orford String Quartet, comprised of Jonathan Crow, Andrew Wan, Eric Nowlin and Brian Manker, formed in 2009. They are all principal players in the Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. The quartetas debut album was released in 2011 and nominated for a Juno Award in 2012. * The 18-year-old Lisiecki, born and raised in Calgary, is currently attending the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto. He has played with the New York Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra and Montreal Symphony Orchestra. On Aug. 16 Lisiecki was presented with the Leonard Bernstein Award at a ceremony in Lubeck, Germany. The award, chosen by an illustrious international jury, is given to young musicians for outstanding achievement in classical music. * Laplante, a Juno Award-winner, has also earned prizes at the Geneva and Sydney International Piano Competitions and a silver medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He also performs regularly as an orchestral soloist with symphonies throughout North America and Europe. The organization also has a secondary tier of concerts called The Cecilian Concert Series Presents.