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A Symphonic Journey with Renaissance

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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.

DVD Review – Let it Rock (Canada)

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

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

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