'We Will Rock You' Comes to Baltimore Thanks to the BSO

July 24
3:47 2009

'We Will Rock You' Comes to Baltimore Thanks to the BSO

For me it all started with the "Live-Aid" Concert to raise awareness of world hunger on July 13, 1985.  From London's Wembley stadium, I watched in awe the incredible performance of the rock group "Queen" featuring Freddie Mercury. Thankfully, I was able to video-tape it. I had heard their music before, but never saw them in action.

Then, someone had the bright idea to make the theatrical show We Will Rock You based on their music. It's been at the Dominion Theatre in London for eight years and has toured all over the United Kingdom. I've been waiting for it to come to the U.S. (Visit the web site

When I noticed the Baltimore Symphony would be presenting a concert of their music, I couldn't miss it. And for the outdoor packed Pier VI pavilion in Baltimore's inner harbor what a night it was.

The concert was the brain child of conductor Brent Havens who is known for arranging rock musicfor symphony orchestras. His success stories include the "Music of Led Zeppelin", the "Music of the Doors", the "Music of Pink Floyd", and the "Music of the Eagles".  He also worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony for Harley Davidson's 100 Anniversary Birthday Party Finale attended by over 150,000.

The Berklee Conservatory of Music trained arranger and conductor assembles the musicians and then contacts Symphonies around the country. In 2009, the BSO presented his arrangement of "Led Zeppelin".

Saturday night, July 18, vocalist Brody Bolyniuk (whose band performs in Las Vegas) was joined by four other musicians and wooed the crowed with the hits of "Queen".

Bolyniuk was terrific and paid homage to the great Freddie Mercury. He is quite the performer and at the end of the show, took out his camera to take a picture of the audience standing on their feet.

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Charles Shubow Originally from Boston, Charles' first college show was "Barefoot in the Park," he played the role of the telephone repairman. Next came "How to Succeed..." in which he played in the ensemble and then Chairman of the Board. He appeared in "Fiddler on the Roof" at the White Marsh Dinner Theatre as Lazar Wolf. Charles' daughter Britt played one of Tevye's younger daughters. Britt later completed a five year stint in Broadway's "Mamma Mia!" as the Sophie understudy. Charles conducts theatre trips to Broadway shows as the "Shubow Shuttle."


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