07.03.10 ''Sting brings the orchestra to Cruzan, finds success, swoons...'' - reports the Palm Beach Post...


Sting brings the orchestra to Cruzan, finds success, swoons... When a rock act brings in classical musicians to work with them in a live setting, it's a risk. Sometimes it can prove amazing - Metallica pulled it off well, and we've seen it happen with good effect for Pink Floyd or even recent indie bands like Arcade Fire and Grizzly Bear. But it can also come off pretentious. That somehow, these 3-minute-plus songs can instantly measure up to Mozart. Fortunately, more often than not, the crossover into classical worked for Sting. Part of the reason was the musicians he surrounded himself with - the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was flawless, while longtime cohort Dominic Miller fit smoothly into the mix on guitar, leading a group of rockers that seemed to knit themselves right into the sound. The other part? Let's face it - Sting has a presence. He strode on stage dressed almost entirely in black - with just a white shirt under his vest and jacket - slender with his short shock of golden hair. He is remarkably fit for 58 years of age - not shocking for those who've followed his career, but seeing him live makes you wonder how he does it. And when he began 'When We Dance', there was an audible swoon from the crowd. But there were some remarkable musical moments in this evening. Several times, a classical arrangement added to the song - in some cases, improving the song dramatically. 'Russians', from Sting's 1984 debut 'The Dream of the Blue Turtles', gained needed bombast and heft. Already one of The Police's finest moments, 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' picked up the kind of sweep never dreamed of back in Sting's punkier days. (There were times when it didn't quite work as well, however - I've heard this version of "Roxanne" referred to as haunting, but I didn't see that.) Sting also made a smart move in bringing along Australian jazz vocalist Jo Lawry as his female counterpoint - her role was far more than mere backup singer. She stepped in for Mary J. Blige without any difficulties on 'Whenever I Say Your Name', and did the same for Allison Krauss on 'You Will Be My Ain True Love' from the film Cold Mountain. OK, the show did devolve a bit into cheesy Vegas time when Sting showed off his still fit figure to adoring ladies during a slinky take on 'Desert Rose'. But this show was not too stuffy - it's not every day when you see an orchestra go pretty much full-on punk on The Police classic 'Next To You', after all. © Palm Beach Post by Jonathan Tully
Sting is front and center at the Hollywood Bowl, belting out the familiar melody of 'Roxanne', The Police's 1978 ode to a prostitute. All of a sudden, a cello solo fills the air. Within a few elegant notes, the image of a common street hooker is upgraded to that of a high-priced call girl. Backed by a 45-piece symphony, Sting launches into 'Next to You', an early Police thrasher-punk gem. Several musicians stand up and rock out. Some actually head-bang while sawing enthusiastically on their violins...
Crossover projects in classical music have traditionally been matters of opera singers or big-ticket instrumentalists performing jazz, pop or folk music, usually not as well as the musicians who perform this material full time. But since the late 1980s, crossover has moved in the other direction too. Stewart Copeland and Roger Waters have written operas; Paul McCartney has written a stream of orchestral, choral and piano works; Elvis Costello has composed a ballet; and Sting - Mr. Copeland's onetime colleague in the Police - has undertaken several performance projects, most notably "Songs From the Labyrinth," a 2006 CD of John Dowland songs and lute pieces, performed with a pop singer's freedom and unpolished vocal tone...
Vintage rockers and classical music shouldn't mix. But one thing I love about getting older is that most of the rockstars I adored when I was a teenager - especially those who now sing in front of 45-piece orchestras - are too grown-up for pretense. Even so, to say the pleasures of Symphonicity (Sting's current tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, coming to New York's Metropolitan Opera on July 13 and 14), took me by surprise is a gracious understatement...
Culture Project (Allan Buchman, Artistic Director) has announced their presentation of Twin Spirits (click here for more info) a very special New York performance celebrating the 200th birthday of composer Robert Schumann, will be broadcast LIVE on Sirius XM Pops - satellite radio's home for Classical's Greatest Hits on Wednesday, June 30, 7:30 p.m EST/4:30 p.m. PST on Sirius channel 79 and XM channel 77. The Pops countdown to the live performance begins at 6:00 p.m. EST/3:00 p.m. PST, with host Paul Bachmann...
We are pleased to announce Sting, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will perform in Moscow on September 15. The show will go on public sale on Thursday, July 1. The fan club presale for the Moscow show will proceed in a different manner than usual. If you are interested in purchasing presale tickets for the Moscow date, please contact ticketingultrastar@livenation.com directly and include your Full Name, Shipping Address, Credit Card Info (Name on Credit Card, Credit Card #, Expiration Date, Credit Card Mailing Address), and Number of Tickets Needed...