THE WINDBORNE SYMPHONY AND THE MUSIC OF QUEEN AND LED ZEPPELLIN ROCK THE POMPANO BEACH AMPHITHEATER
With great anticipation, concertgoers came in droves on Sunday night to see two legendary classic rock bands perform at the pompano Beach Amphitheater. The 35 piece Windborne Symphony took the reins for this event and brought to life the music of Queen and Led Zeppellin. Simply put, the audience was not disappointed.
Bridging the gap between rock n’ roll and classical music, conductor/arranger Brent Havens took the podium to present two incredible concerts in one. Haven’s first live production of classic rock music with an orchestra was in late 1995 — The Music of Led Zeppelin.
“My concept for The Music of Led Zeppelin was to take the music as close to the originals as we could and then add some colors to enhance what Zep had done,” says Havens. “The wonderful thing with an orchestra is that you have an entire palette to call upon. The band reproduced what Led Zeppelin did on the albums, verbatim, and then having an orchestra behind the band gives the music a richness, a whole different feel, a whole different sense of power.”
Delivering a note-for-note interpretation, vocalist Randy Jackson (lead singer of the rock band Zebra), shrieks brilliantly, acting as a window between the audience and reworked material. “The music itself is one thing, but Jackson more than captures the spirit of legendary Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant,” says Havens.
For Windborne's newest show, The Music of Queen, Havens and his ensemble capture Queen's distinct sound while presenting both familiar and new musical colors. Delivering a fabulous rendition of Freddie Mercury's vocals is Las Vegas star Brody Dolyniuk. "When he came out to audition for the show we knew immediately that he had something special. He not only knew the music but he had clearly listened to every aspect of Freddie's performances," states Havens. "His inflections were spot-on and even the wailing rock sound had that Freddie resonance. Clearly, there will never be another Freddie Mercury but close your eyes and listen to Brody and you're going to get something very close."
And that is exactly what happened. The audience was having an amazing time, singing along with Brody and Randy to all of the hits brought forth. Brent Havens did an amazing job conducting the orchestra and arranging the music. The night of music proceeded throughout the evening without a single mistake, leaving the fans in attendance wanting more.
Many thanks go out to Kay Renz for making this review possible.