We are pleased to confirm three further European dates for Sting, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, this autumn. The 'Symphonicity' tour will visit Paris (De Bercy) on September 30 and Nantes (Zenith) on October 11. A second night has also been added at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 2. The tour will find Sting performing his most celebrated songs re-imagined for symphonic arrangement. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be conducted by Maestro Steven Mercurio (Pavarotti, Bocelli).
The Paris and Nantes dates will go on presale to Sting.com members from 10am on June 2 and go on public sale on June 4. There will be a presale for American Express cardholders commencing at 10am on May 31 (from a different hold to the fan club allocation). The additional London date has already gone on public sale but the fan club will be having its own post-sale using an allotment of pre-allocated tickets which will commence at 3pm (Legacy members)/4pm (other members) on 1 June. Members will be limited to two tickets in this presale. The current European schedule is now as follows. All times are local.
|Date||City||Venue||Public Sale||Fan Club Sale|
|03 Sep||Oslo||Konserthus||May 28*||May 26|
|05 Sep||Copenhagen||Royal Theatre||May 28||May 26|
|30 Sep||Paris||De Bercy||Jun 4||Jun 2|
|01 Oct||London||Royal Albert Hall||May 28*||May 26|
|02 Oct||London||Royal Albert Hall||May 28*||Jun 1|
|05 Oct||Newcastle||Sage Gateshead||May 28*||May 26|
|11 Oct||Nantes||Zenith||Jun 4||Jun 2|
|15 Oct||Arnhem||GelreDome||Apr 20||Apr 23|
|16 Oct||Arnhem||GelreDome||Apr 24||N/A|
|25 Oct||Florence||Teatro Verdi||May 28||May 26|
|02 Nov||Milan||Teatro Arcimboldi||May 28||May 26|
|10 Nov||Rome||Santa Cecilia||May 28||May 26|
On sale times are 10am (Local) except were indicated at * which will be at 9am (Local).
* The Sage Gateshead performance features Northern Sinfonia Orchestra.
** Sting headlines Arnhem's annual Symphonica In Rosso concert series.
Drawing from a diverse and illustrious career that has produced numerous multi-platinum albums, a staggering list of number one songs, countless accolades and worldwide record sales of nearly 100 million, Sting's greatest hits will be reinterpreted with brand new orchestrations arranged by Jorge Calandrelli, David Hartley, Michel Legrand, Rob Mathes, Vince Mendoza, Steven Mercurio, Bill Ross, Robert Sadin, and Nicola Tescari. Selections, created especially for this tour, will include fan-favorites such as 'Roxanne', 'Next To You', 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' and 'Every Breath You Take', to notable songs from Sting's enduring solo career - 'Englishman in New York', 'Fragile', 'Russians', 'If I Ever Lose My Faith in You', 'Fields of Gold', and 'Desert Rose'.
To accompany Sting's highly-anticipated world tour, Deutsche Grammophon will release a companion CD, 'Symphonicities', this summer. The new studio album serves as the ultimate commemoration of the live concert experience, with the first single, 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' to be released digitally on Monday 24th May. Additional highlights include fan-favorites culled from The Police songbook such as 'Roxanne' and 'Next To You', as well as songs from Sting's enduring solo career including 'Englishman in New York', 'I Burn for You', 'Why Should I Cry for You' and 'She's Too Good For Me', among many others. 'Symphonicities' is produced by Rob Mathes and Sting, and mixed by Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac) and Claudius Mittendorfer (Interpol, Franz Ferdinand).
Sting's interest in collaborating with an orchestra began in 2008 following an invitation to perform with the legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra. After reworking selections from his expansive catalog, Sting joined the orchestra in a performance that left an indelible mark on him. Eager to explore the possibilities of further symphonic collaboration, Sting was excited when the Philadelphia Orchestra asked him to join them in commemoration of the 153rd anniversary of the Academy of Music.
"Performing with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra was truly a highlight of my career. I'm delighted by this new opportunity to tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, having a whole new palate of musical colors to work with and reinventing the songs that have been the staples of my live performances for over thirty years," commented Sting.
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra has previously performed with internationally-renowned artists ranging from opera luminaries Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa and the late Luciano Pavarotti to popular cultural icons including Burt Bacharach, George Benson, Michel Legrand, Diana Krall, Tina Turner and Randy Newman. The 45-piece orchestra will be featured on all North American concert dates of the tour.
Sting will also be joined by a quartet comprised of Dominic Miller (Sting's longtime guitarist), David Cossin (a multi-percussion specialist in new and experimental music and featured member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars), Jo Lawry (vocalist) and Ira Coleman (bassist).
Sting's first venture into the classical realm began with the success of his #1 album 'Songs from the Labyrinth', a lute-based interpretation of the music of 16th century composer John Dowland, released in 2006 on Deutsche Grammophon. After completing the enormously successful Police reunion world tour, Sting returned to pursue his passion for uniting musical genres with his most recent release 'If On A Winter's Night...' which debuted at #1 on Billboard's classical chart.
The tour is promoted by Live Nation and produced by RZO Entertainment, Inc. in association with Universal Music Classical Management & Productions and presented by Xerox.
"We are thrilled to be a part of bringing this exciting and unique tour with Sting to the world," said Arthur Fogel (CEO/Chairman Live Nation Global Touring). "The arrangements, combined with Sting's brilliant songwriting and musicianship, will no doubt result in a magical evening of music."
Our global sponsorship of Sting's 2010 world tour offers an opportunity for Xerox to showcase not only Sting's legendary talents but also the real business of entertainment," said Christa Carone, vice president, Marketing and Communications, Xerox. "Every great performance depends on a smoothly run backstage and that's the role Xerox plays behind the scenes with our customers today. Our technology and services will support the needs of the tour so that they can focus on what they do best: giving Sting's fans around the world a magical evening of music."
American Express Cardmembers will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase advance tickets to Sting's 'Symphonicity' Tour, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Conducted by Steven Mercurio, presented by Xerox for concerts in Italy, the UK, France, and Spain. Tickets for the performances in London, Newcastle, Florence, Milan and Rome will go on sale to card members beginning Monday, May 24th through Thursday, May 27th. Tickets for these events go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 28th.
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