WANT TO GO?
WVSO presents Jeans n' Classics "One Vision: The Music of Queen."
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
TICKETS: $10, $22, $34, $50 and $62
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jeans n' Classics vocalist Michael Shotten believes there's something to be said for the sound of arena rock backed by a symphony orchestra.
It's just cool.
He said, "Do you know what it's like singing Queen's 'Somebody To Love' with a band, an orchestra and a choir? Think of that. It's insane."
Shotten will be singing "Somebody To Love," along with a treasure trove of classic Queen fans' favorites like "We Will Rock You," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Killer Queen" and even "Flash" Friday and Saturday night at the Clay Center with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra for "One Vision: The Music of Queen."
Shotten is part of Jeans n' Classics, a touring show that plugs in rock musicians with symphony orchestras, mixing the big sound of symphony horns and strings with the over-the-top themes of rock n' roll. The idea is to bridge the gap between rock audiences and classical audiences, exposing one to the other in a way where both sort of meet in the middle.
"One Vision" is just one of several different programs the group offers. According to Shotten, Jeans n' Classics does about 70 different kinds of symphony rock collaborations featuring the music of everybody from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen.
"And we also do shows that mix it up," he said.
Shotten has worked on The Eagles show, The Beatles Show and even KISS, but the Queen show is a personal favorite and it's a big show, he said.
"We do a lot of the early stuff and some of the later stuff like 'The Show Must Go On' and 'Who wants to live forever.'" He said, "People who are Queen fans will walk away feeling like their money is well spent."