07.06.10 Various 'Symphonicity' bundles from the Sting.com store...


In just under two weeks, 'Symphonicities', the highly-anticipated companion album to Sting's Symphonicity World Tour, will be released by Deutsche Grammophon. However, Sting fans in North America don't have to wait that long to hear what Sting has in store come July 13th. Starting today, if you live in North America and you pre-order 'Symphonicities' from the Sting Online Store, you will instantly receive a free download of the completely re-imagined version of "Englishman In New York" featured on the forthcoming album. When pre-ordering 'Symphonicities' from the Sting Online Store, Sting fans have a number of ways to buy. Along with purchasing the standalone album digitally or physically, fans are invited to purchase the album as a bundle, which includes the album in your choice of physical or digital format along with a new Sting North American Tour Itinerary t-shirt and program from the tour that inspired the album. Fans ordering the bundle enjoy a savings of more than 25% on their purchase. Pre-order Symphonicities, the ultimate commemoration of the Symphonicity live concert experience, today from the Sting Online Store and get your free download of "Englishman In New York" instantly, weeks before it's available anywhere else! Members anywhere can order the New Sting Symphonicity CD Bundle comprising the new Sting CD 'Symphonicities', navy Symphonicity 2010 Tour T-shirt and a Sting Symphonicity 2010 Tour Program, which saves over 25% when you purchase these three products together as a bundle! Visit sting.shop.livenation.com.
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.
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...