June 20, 2011

Cornucopia of Hits...

Nordjyske’s critic Bent Stenbakken ended up completely surrendering to the Sting concert on Monday evening in Aalborg. He gave it six out of six stars. Can you expand relatively simple pop songs and get them to give new musical meaning by playing them in grandiose symphonic arrangements? This question is usually relatively simple to answer. The answer is, namely, no. The melodic material is normally too thin, resulting in nice-sounding but actually irrelevant layers of musical background that merely get in the way, without adding anything rewarding or new...

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June 20, 2011

Donal Hodgson wins Emmy for 'Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing - Live Action and Animation'...

Congratulations to Donal Hodgson who has won a 'Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy' award for his work on the A&E Private Sessions programme which featured Sting at Red Rocks on the US Symphonicity tour last year. Donal, together with Production Mixers Blake Norton and Carlos Hernandez won the Emmy for 'Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing - Live Action and Animation'...

June 18, 2011

''A musical feast with Sting'' - reports Trojmiasto of Sting's performance in Gdansk, Poland...

''A musical feast with Sting... Sting did not need any embellishments on stage. The audience were won from the opening notes of the first song. Sting began strongly. The first sounds of one of his biggest hits "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" provoked a storm of applause with the audience singing loudly at the first chorus. With a standing ovation in the first rows of after the song, Sting for a moment gestured for fans to sit down. But he soon had to get used to such a reception, because the audience responded enthusiastically to almost every song throughout the two and a half hour concert...''

June 16, 2011

A Baton with Sting - Conductor Sarah Hicks spans Prokofiev and the Police...

A decade into her career as a conductor, Sarah Hicks '93 had ''the first of two turning points.'' She was conducting a Minnesota Orchestra program featuring the group Pink Martini, the first pops show she'd ever done. Some classical musicians look at such work as slumming, but Hicks found it a revelation: ''I thought, ‘Wait a second. This is legitimate, well written, evocative. I'm having fun, the orchestra's having fun. What's not to like?''' Sarah Hicks interviewed in Harvard magazine

June 13, 2011

Sting performs in Moscow for a second time this tour...

Sting managed to cross rock with the classical. The singer sang his own biggest hits and those of The Police with classical musicians. And he did it perfectly. This tour has stopped here in the city for the second time. Sting is touring with a program of symphonic treatments that, of course, is an order of magnitude more difficult. The first concert he gave at the Crocus City Hall last autumn left a positive feeling, and it was very interesting to see what has changed in the show nine months later...


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June 11, 2011

"Rooooooxanne!" Kult-Barde Sting sorgte bei See-Rock für Gänsehaut pur...

Show Date: June 11, 2011

Location: Graz, Austria

Venue: Schwarlz Freizeitzentrum

June 08, 2011

Sting performs hits for 10,000 people in the Arena...

In Belgrade on Wednesday evening, British musician Sting was in fine voice as he performed orchestral interpretations of his greatest hits, accompanied by the Serbian orchestra "Kamerata Serbika ', in front of more than 10,000 people. Sting and ''Kamerata Serbika'', conducted by Sarah Hicks, played effectively for about two hours - with a break of 20 minutes - and the crowd cheered throughout as an inspired Sting performed songs from his time with The Police and from his solo career...

June 07, 2011

Reports from Sting's show at Stadium Georgi Asparuhov in Sofia...

Sting played a memorable two-hour concert performance to a near full Stadium Georgi Asparuhov. The musicians took to the stage exactly at 20:30pm to the warm applause of the audience. Together with the Philharmonic, he performed a total of 23 songs, covering all periods of his career. But because of their orchestral arrangement, they were presented in a completely new light. So familiar songs like 'If I Ever Lose My Faith In You', 'Englishman In New York' and 'Every Breath You Take' had a more optimistic tone, while 'Roxanne', one of the iconic singles of his former group The Police, was a more melancholic version approaching the cover by George Michael...


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