Lionel Richie concert review: Endless hits at the Patriot Center
Richie, 64, didnt even pretend he was going to play anything new on the fifth stop of his month-long All The Hits All Night Long tour. I am prepared to sing every song I can remember, he announced smoothly. The good news is, were going to sing all the songs. The bad news is, I hope I can remember them. Looking for things to do? 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.
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The three days of opening galas proved to be an immense and unprecedented success in the classical music world. But the Phils president is quick to note that before the glamour parties, there was a week of free concerts for kids, teachers, volunteers, seniors and those who worked on the hall some 18,000 people in all. Our commitment is to be an important intersection between the artistic imperative and the social imperative, says Borda. That has been evident in the last decade by the Phils sponsorship of educational outreach programs and YOLA. Along the way, the organization has also become better off financially. Weve had a strong but balanced budget since 2003, says Borda. You cant have a healthy artistic institution if you dont have a healthy financial plan to back it up. Disney Hall is also a key component in the very complicated ongoing revitalization of downtown, says Alexander. Disney Concert Hall really embodies the civic aspirations of L.A. while at the same time employing the architectural and technological innovations of the day, Alexander says. Lavin believes that local affection for the building has grown over the years. That is because it is sort of a new concert hall every time you go there, she says. The way the Hall is situated off the street, its design and materials activate peoples imaginations. Its not a predictable form, says Gehry about the building, which doesnt seem to have a right angle in it. But more than making something just different looking, he says what was important to him was to create places where people even if they did not understand the architecture immediately at least felt comfortable and felt good, and felt like its a place theywould like come back to. He achieved that in Disney Hall.
He even let her pick the song. I dont even remember going up there, Hebert said. She said that she and her godmother, who attended the concert with her, were in complete shock for the rest of the night. Hebert chose to sing Feeling Good, a song she had been practicing during the days leading up to the concert, just in case she was asked to sing on stage. The song choice was appropriate, considering Heberts good feeling about her chances that night I was just thinking really positive, she said. A video of Heberts performance appeared on YouTube later that night, and has received thousands of views since. Hebert was so good, some commenters on the YouTube video believe she was planted in the audience by Buble. Hebert says it was 100-percent spontaneous. she takes those comments as a compliment. People are going to think what they want to think, Hebert said. I know its real, my friends and family know its real, and thats all that matters. Hebert has never had any professional training. She did not discover her love for singing until high school when she joined South Windsor High Schools Show Choir. I was like ‘Hey, Im kind of good at this,’ Hebert said. Hebert is now a senior at Southern Connecticut State University, where she fosters her love for singing as a member of the universitys Jubilee Gospel Choir.
Concert series kicks off at Christ Church
W, begins its 2013-14 concert series bringing in musicians from the West Coast to the East Coast, according to a newsrelease. Paul Jacobs, a Grammy-winning concert organist from New York City, kicks off the series at 4 p.m. Oct. 13. The Christ Church Chancel Choir performs at 4 p.m.Nov. 17. Dianne Williams on flute and pianist Brent Schloneger will perform at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 in a special concert to raise funds toward the purchase of a Steinway Grand piano for the church. Christine Brandes, an internationally acclaimed soloist, accompanied by organist Jonathan Dimmock, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. April 11.