The Philly POPS Rocks North Broad With A NIGHT AT THE OPERA HOUSE: THE MUSIC OF QUEEN
In an exciting new expansion of its POPS Rocks brand, The Philly POPS announced today A Night at the Opera House: The Music of Queen, a one-night-only performance, at The Met Philadelphia on November 30, 2019.
This performance will bring the legendary songs of Queen to the newly-restored Metropolitan Opera House's incredible stage, and in blending the genres of rock and opera, the show pays homage to the transformation of the Met itself-a once-opera house now a stunning Live Nation venue.
"The rebirth of The Met has created a new shining star on North Broad," said Frank Giordano, President and CEO of The Philly POPS. "The POPS is honored to be a part of this historic rebirth, and there is no better fit for this beautiful venue than the music of Queen, played by the people's orchestra."
Under the direction of renowned conductor Brent Havens, this show will feature The Philly POPS in classic Queen hits like We Will Rock You, Under Pressure and Bohemian Rhapsody. Vocalist Brody Dolyniuk brings his stunning talent to bear in a tribute to Freddie Mercury. Brody has previously performed with "Yellow Brick Road," a classic rock band based out of Las Vegas, and has performed covers of classic rock songs for various types of media, including the smash-hit Guitar Hero III video game.
For more details on this performance, visit www.phillypops.org/queen
Tickets start at $49.95 and will be available in a limited pre-show window until February 24. Sales to general public will open on February 25. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0200564DABAB4323
Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS and The Family Channel, commercials, sports music for networks such as ESPN and even cartoons. He worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson's 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale, attended by over 150,000 fans. Havens most recent film work includes the score for the film "Quo Vadis," a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film. Havens is Arranger/Guest Conductor for four symphonic rock programs - the Music of Led Zeppelin, the Music of the Doors, the Music of Pink Floyd and the Music of the Eagles and now the Music of Queen.
Guest vocalist Brody Dolyniuk remembers mimicking voices even as a child, listening to old records and tapes. He is a gifted, self-taught musician, capable of playing several instruments, with a particular knack for capturing the voices and mannerisms of classic characters from music, TV, and movies. His first professional gigs were at piano bars in several U.S. cities, where he learned to charm audiences and expand his musical repertoire. With a longing to perform the music of the many rock bands that inspired him, Brody assembled Yellow Brick Road. Since 1997, YBR has been reshaping the casino entertainment scene by bringing a rock concert atmosphere to showrooms previously reserved for Top-40-style lounge acts. Along the way, Brody has made numerous radio and TV appearances, and earned a spot in the finals of two national singing competitions, and even self-produced several large rock production-style shows utilizing multimedia, lasers, comedy and special effects. In 2007, Brody lent his vocal talents by singing several tracks on the mega-hit video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and has already done several more for the new Konami game Rock Revolution. As a devout classic rock and Queen fan, Brody's enthusiasm, vocal ability and on-stage energy were the perfect fit for The Music of Queen show.
Originally built in 1908 by opera impresario Oscar Hammerstein, The Met Philadelphia recently completed a massive $56 million restoration lead by Live Nation and developer Eric Blumenfeld. The Met combines spectacular live entertainment with remarkable food and drink options to create an unparalleled guest experience. The venue's transformation is the crown jewel of North Broad Street's renaissance. Find out more at www.TheMetPhilly.com and follow The Met on social media @themetphilly.
The Philly POPS, the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States, delights audiences with the inspired performance of American popular music. The POPS celebrates this distinctive musical heritage through an expanding repertoire of innovative concert performances and a robust set of educational and engagement initiatives.
Now celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season, the POPS, the official POPS orchestra of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia's partner in civic celebration, serves a consistently growing audience of over 200,000 annually. Music Director Michael Krajewski and the 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra keep listeners tapping their toes to an impressive repertoire of songs from American traditional music up through to today's chart-toppers. The Philly POPS BIG Band, an 18-20 piece ensemble performing a rock and rhythm and blues repertoire, premiered in 2017 to enthusiastic response at the July 4 Welcome America Concert on the Parkway.
Outside the concert hall, free Salute Series performances - including Memorial Salute, July 3 POPS on Independence, July 4 POPS on the Parkway and the I'll Be Home for Christmas: A Salute to the Military and First Responders concert - celebrate the American tradition of service around important national holidays. POPS in Schools enhances music education for Philadelphia School District students; POPS Outside brings POPS music to local communities. The Philly POPS performs as a founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region.