Introducing Renaissance Chamber Orchestra

We are proud to introduce the remarkable musicians who will accompany Renaissance on our orchestral shows at Ridgefield CT, Glenside PA, New York City, and Albany NY:

String section – members of the Sweet Plantain Quartet:

Allen Won: clarinets and flutes

Bob Magnuson: double reeds and flutes

Vinnie Cutro: trumpet

Bob Ferrel: trombone

Bill Hughes: french horn

James Musto: percussion

A Symphonic Journey with Renaissance

UPDATE: IndieGogo Campaign launched

Following their successful South American tour, Renaissance will be back in the Northeast United States in October and November 2017 debuting their Symphonic Journey tour. This tour will include four very special concerts;

October 26th at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT
October 27th at the Keswick Theater in Glenside PA
October 28th at the Town Hall in New York City
October 29th at The Egg in Albany NY

These four shows will feature a 10-piece Chamber Orchestra: a handpicked assemblage of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. These performances will be the first time in 40 years that Renaissance will perform on stage with a live orchestra and, in addition, 2017 marks the 48th year since the band’s formation and its ninth consecutive year of touring since their reactivation in 2009.

Plans are currently being made for the group to film one of these shows for an upcoming DVD release, which will follow the success of their 2015 London Union Chapel DVD. Additional tour performances without the chamber orchestra are currently being scheduled.

Renaissance leader and vocalist, Annie Haslam remarks, “the band keeps getting stronger and stronger and the addition of the chamber orchestra will be the most exciting event for the band in years. This addition of ‘live’ orchestral musicians will add an incredible dynamic to our big numbers like Mother Russia, Carpet Of The Sun and Song For All Seasons, all of which included an orchestra on the original recordings.”

Ms Haslam will be joined on stage by long time musical associate Rave Tesar on piano along with Tom Brislin on keyboards, Mark Lambert on guitars, Frank Pagano on drums and percussion, and Leo Traversa on bass.

Annie Haslam interview – AXS.com

Peter Roche interviews Annie Haslam in advance of the band’s performance at The Kent Stage on Friday November 11 2016

http://www.axs.com/interview-annie-haslam-talks-rebirth-for-symphonic-rockers-renaissance-109119

2016 Fall Tour Very Special Guest Passes

A limited number of Very Special Guest  passes will be made available to fans already holding tickets for the November US Fall tour. This package includes the following:

  • Attend soundcheck with Renaissance (approximately 5-6pm on day of show, no photography or video)
  • Attend a Meet and Greet with Renaissance directly after the show, plus your photo taken with the band (bring your own camera)

Cost: $60.00 per person. Available for purchase here.
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DVD Review – Let it Rock (Canada)

“…homecoming triumph of the brightly burning storytellers of yore.”

dmme.net/renaissance-live-at-the-union-chapel/

Annie Haslam Interview – UK Music Reviews

“Annie Haslam, solo artist and lead vocalist with Renaissance, chats with Kevin Cooper about the success of Northern Lights, the passing of her great friend Michael Dunford, their latest album Symphony Of Light and their forthcoming tour of the UK.”

www.ukmusicreviews.co.uk

DVD Review – Exposé (USA)

“If you liked their classic 70s material, you’ll probably enjoy this – it does heavily favor long-time favorites like “Carpet of the Sun,” “Mother Russia,” and “Running Hard,” and the newer pieces featured are very much in the same style. The selections from Grandine il Vento (2013), the last album produced before Michael Dunford’s death, come off quite well, proving the magic wasn’t gone.”

www.expose.org

DVD Review – progarchives.com

“Renaissance score over the 2011 DVD on two counts. One, the video footage is much better shot here (though I’ll leave providing the technical justification for that comment to somebody else!) and the audio too is stunning. The audio is available in two modes – stereo and surround sound. The surround sound set up is incredible. Listening to Annie Haslam’s voice on surround can almost lull you into believing it’s the 70s. Two, the concert features three tracks from Grandine Il Vento/Symphony of Light.”

www.progarchives.com

Renaissance Live at the Union Chapel DVD

20071023-051551-Union Chapel LIVE_cvr (1)Renaissance Live at the Union Chapel DVD now shipping worldwide from Amazon.com USA and directly from the band. Digital live album is available from online music stores and streaming services, and directly from the band. Autographed copies are available.

DVD format is NTSC all-region (or “region free”) and compatible with PAL DVD players and televisions around the world.

Running time 100 minutes, plus 25-minute interview. LPCM stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks. Audio mixes by Rave Tesar. Video by Paul Green Productions, with lighting by Steve Hackett’s long time lighting director Russell ‘Tigger’ Matthews. Eco-friendly Digipak with 8-page booklet.

THANK YOU to our Indiegogo backers who made this DVD possible!

DVD Trailer
Prologue (complete track)
2016 February Mini-Tour VIP Very Special Guest Passes

A limited number of Very Special Guest  passes will be made available to fans already holding tickets for the February mini-tour. This package includes the following:

  • Attend soundcheck with Renaissance (approximately 5-6pm on day of show, no photography or video)
  • Attend a Meet and Greet with Renaissance directly after the show, plus your photo taken with the band (bring your own camera)

Cost: $50.00 per person. Available for purchase here.
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