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Detroit Symphony Orchestra to perform Queen tribute this weekend

Boosted by the popularity of the current movie of the same name, the British rock band's iconic single "Bohemian Rhapsody" has become the most-streamed song from the 20th century, according to Universal Music Group, which represents Queen.
Boosted by the popularity of the current movie of the same name, the British rock band's iconic single "Bohemian Rhapsody" has become the most-streamed song from the 20th century, according to Universal Music Group, which represents Queen. (Universal Music Group via CNN)

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform a tribute to Queen this weekend.

"The Music of Queen" will be at Meadow Brook Amphitheater on July 14. Some tickets are still available through Ticketmaster. They're also available on third-party sellers like StubHub.

Here's the info on the event:

Bridging the gap between rock ‘n’ roll and classical music, conductor and arranger Brent Havens will return to the podium with the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra to present The Music of Queen at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the campus of Oakland University on Sunday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. The orchestra’s performance will also be joined by a full rock band and vocals to showcase Queen’s distinct sound while presenting familiar and new musical colors.

“When I sat down to begin scoring the show, it was amazing how comfortably the orchestra fit within the structure of the music. Innovative chord progressions, wonderful melodies and the astounding vocals of Freddie Mercury make the music a perfect choice to orchestrate. And having world class musicians in every city we present the show makes the music even that much more compelling."

As with the other shows, Havens understands that Queen fans want to hear the original, familiar elements of the music. He therefore followed exact line arrangements and used the orchestra for enhancement.

“As always, we wanted to keep the foundation of the music as close to the originals as we could and then add additional colors to enhance what Queen had done,” says Havens. “The wonderful thing with an orchestra is that you have an entire palette of sounds to call upon. The band is reproducing what Queen did live, as closely as possible within the constraints of personnel, and then having an orchestra behind the band gives the music richness, a whole new feel, a whole different sense of color but still preserving the wonderful music that they originally produced.” 

Delivering a fabulous rendition of Freddie Mercury’s vocals is Las Vegas star Brody Dolyniuk. “When he came out to audition for the show we knew immediately that he had something special. He not only knew the music, but he had clearly listened to every aspect of Freddie’s performances,” states Havens. “His inflections were spot-on and even the wailing rock sound had that Freddie resonance. Clearly, there will never be another Freddie Mercury but close your eyes and listen to Brody and you’re going to get something very close.”

The show has also proven a great way to introduce rock fans to the symphony experience. “As with our other shows, I’m sure there are people who are going to come out who have never seen their city’s symphony orchestra, and this allows them to experience something new along with the music that they already love,” says Havens. 


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