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.
Palm , Orlando Sentinel Entertainment Critic 1:24 a.m. EDT, September 29, 2013 At an orchestra concert, you suspect it’s going to be a big night when you spot the gong onstage. You know it’s going to be a big night when you then see not one but two harps rising majestically from a sea of strings players. Indeed, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra set its sights high to open its 21st season Saturday night. The Phil’s musicians were joined by a big-name guest, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, who also opened the orchestra’s 2004-05 season. The Phil’s selections, including Strauss’ epic “Ein Heldenleben,” were delivered with fiery spirit, but it was the collaboration with Parker that sent the biggest shivers of delight down my spine. Parker was featured soloist for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, a moody work in D minor. Throughout the three movements, the melody is handed back and forth between orchestra and pianist. This was handled effortlessly and wonderfully by the musicians, conducted by Christopher Wilkins, who’s starting his last season as the Philharmonic’s artistic director. Parker is a strong technician, but showed equal devotion to the musicality found in the many runs up and down the keyboard. Although the soloist, Parker never amped up his volume as if he were showboating. Instead, he carefully matched the sound level of the orchestra musicians not easy to do when it’s one against so many. The result?
Concert review: Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra with Jon Kimura Parker
EST, immediately after the season premiere of “SNL.” Arcade Fire will also serve as the musical guest during Saturday’s season opener, which will find Tina Fey pulling hosting duties . Details surrounding the concert event have remained scarce, so the trailer could be deceptively creepy or it could indicate that strange things await us. Loading Slideshow Britney Spears At 18, Britney was the youngest person in “SNL” history to simultaneously be host and musical guest. Janet Jackson Jackson hosted the show April 10, 2004. Just after her nip slip at the Super Bowl! Jon Bon Jovi Jon Bon Jovi appeared in this classic sketch with Amy Poehler on October 13, 2007. Bruno Mars Until Justin Bieber, he is the most recent person to simultaneously host and perform. Mick Jagger Mick Jagger hosted and performed for the last show of the 37th season. Garth Brooks Garth Brooks pulled double “SNL” duty in 1998 and 1999. He is one of only four performers to simultaneously act as host and musical guest more than once. Jennifer Lopez Lopez also hosted multiple times and is the first Latina celebrity to host and be musical guest more than once.