Tickets for the North Carolina Symphony’s highly-anticipated concert “The Music of Queen” — kicking off the symphony’s 2018-2019 season at downtown Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall — went on sale to the general public last week. The concert will bring the versatile symphony together with a rock band and singer (Brody Dolyniuk) to deliver a one-of-a-kind tribute to Queen, one of the most iconic rock bands in history. The show will be led under the baton of Richard Carsey, currently conductor for “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway.
Queen, formed in London 1970, rose to international fame in the mid-1970s with the chart-topping single “Bohemian Rhapsody.” With singer and songwriter Freddie Mercury as its front-man, Queen drew from progressive rock, heavy metal, pop, arena rock and more — and its unique blend of styles has made it one of the most influential bands of all time.
Queen’s 1981 “Greatest Hits” album is certified eight times platinum, and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Queen is perhaps best known for songs that were not only radio hits but have become mainstay anthems at sporting events — the driving, heart-thumping “We Will Rock You” and the inspirational “We Are the Champions.”
With the rich texture of a full symphony orchestra, “The Music of Queen” is an opportunity to hear the band’s numerous chart-topping singles like never before — from “Bohemian Rhapsody,” with its unique combination of lyrical ballad, operatic passage, and hard-rock climax; to “Under Pressure,” with its notoriously catchy bass line.
The North Carolina Symphony is committed to engaging audiences with a wide range of musical interests; “The Music of Queen” continues a tradition of offering tributes to the greats of pop and rock music. In recent years, these have included popular shows celebrating the music of Prince, U2, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, and — upcoming on July 14 — Tom Petty.
North Carolina Symphony
‘The Music of Queen’
Saturday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m.
Meymandi Concert Hall
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets start at $37
For info visit www.ncsymphony.org/events/192/the-music-of-queen/