The Philly POPS presents The Music of David Bowie: A Musical Odyssey by Windborne, at the Met Philadelphia on Saturday March 26. Tickets for this one-night-only performance go on sale Thursday, January 13 at 10 a.m. at https: / /www.ticketmaster.com/event/02005C23F6F75D69.
For this special performance, The Philly POPS will be joined by Broadway and West End star Tony Vincent and feature unique arrangements of Bowie’s greatest hits including “Changes”, “Under Pressure”, “Space Oddity”, “Fame ” and more. by conductor and arranger Brent Havens.
With rich lyrics, cosmic soundscapes and dancing rhythms, Bowie was one of the most influential musicians and songwriters of the past century. Bowie’s music pushed the boundaries of rock, helping pioneering genres like art rock, glam rock, and electro-pop. Over the course of his career, Bowie received six GRAMMY Awards and released 26 studio albums, including two recorded in Philadelphia: Young Americans at Sigma Sound in 1975 and David Live at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA, in 1974.
“In Bowie’s case, he’s so musically rich, the orchestra can play all this really cool stuff,” Havens said. . “
POPS previously performed with Havens and Windborne for A Night at the Opera House: The Music of Queen sold out at the Met Philadelphia in 2019.
Tony Vincent grew up in the small town of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was exposed from a young age to the music of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. In his early teens, Vincent began writing songs heavily influenced by Depeche Mode, New Order, and Tears for Fears. While attending college (Nashville, TN), Vincent made a makeshift record label in his bedroom and recorded a five-song EP, which led to a recording deal with EMI records. The two solo albums (Tony Vincent, One Deed) followed, producing six Billboard No.1 radio singles.
Shortly after moving to New York City in 1997 to pursue his recording career, Vincent made an unexpected detour into the world of rock theater, joining the cast of RENT, first as part of the first nationwide tour, then making his Broadway debut in the New York Production in 1999. He starred as Simon Zealotes in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s remake of Jesus Christ Superstar (2000), and when the production was relaunched on Broadway the same year, Vincent was critically acclaimed with Judas Iscariot. In 2002 Vincent premiered the role of Galileo Figaro in Queen’s rock band hit We Will Rock You in London’s West End. He has also conducted the group himself on several occasions, including a performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody” at the Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee concert to a live audience of over a million people around Buckingham Palace and more. of 200 million viewers worldwide. Two years later, he was invited to Las Vegas to open the North American premiere of We Will Rock You (2004-2005).
Meanwhile, Vincent continued to write, and in 2008 independently released the EP A Better Way, produced by Adam Anders. In the fall of 2009, he returned to Broadway, originally playing the role of St. Jimmy in Green Day’s American Idiot. Vincent is best known for his appearance in the second season of NBC’s reality singing contest, The Voice. During the show, Vincent was selected to be part of “Team Cee Lo” and made a lasting impression on fans around the world with his latest performance of “Sweet Dreams” from The Eurythmics. After 10 long months of writing, recording and producing, Vincent released his highly anticipated studio project, In My Head, via iTunes and cdbaby on July 10, 2012. Tony Vincent continues to write and produce for future projects , both as a solo artist, as a producer for other artists and under the band name Mercer.
Berklee-trained arranger / conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and virtually all types of television. His television work includes films for networks such as ABC, CBS, and ABC Family Channel Network, commercials, sports music for networks such as ESPN, and even cartoons. Havens also worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, organizing and conducting the combined group for the Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary Anniversary Party Finale, attended by over 150,000 fans. He has worked with some of the world’s greatest orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic and the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, the CBSO in Birmingham, England, the Malaysian Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the ‘Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. , the Houston Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Opera North Orchestra in Leeds, England and countless others.
Havens recently completed the music for the movie “Quo Vadis,” a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 Gladiators movie. In 2013, he worked with the Baltimore Symphony and the NFL Baltimore Ravens to arrange and produce the music for the show. Thanksgiving Day halftime show between the Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers, adapting both classical music and rock songs into one four-minute show. Havens is the guest arranger / conductor for all of Windborne Music’s symphonic rock programs.
The Met Philadelphia recently became the crown jewel of North Broad Street’s revival after a $ 56 million restoration in 2018. Originally built by Oscar Hammerstein in 1908, the Met Philadelphia was once the largest theater in the world. world. For more information, visit www.TheMetPhilly.com.