Sting at the Hollywood Bowl: A little bit of classical, a little bit of rock 'n' roll
Sting's Symphonicity tour hit the Hollywood Bowl Tuesday night. He was joined by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, and in between sharing friendly updates on the Lakers-Celtics game, he performed classical (or classical-ish) renditions of his biggest hits and his lesser-known songs.
Times pop music critic Ann Powers took in the show. An excerpt of her review:
First, Sting's collaboration with conductor Stephen Mercurio should give pause to the many rockers lapping up the current trend for hooking up with a string section (or more). These efforts can be exciting but just as often come off as under-rehearsed and conceptually half-baked. Not so this show; an all-star cast of arrangers reworked the songs, and time clearly had been spent making sure the pop musicians and orchestral players onstage would work together to create a genuinely hybrid sound. Sometimes, the drums and percussion overtook everything. But I feel that's appropriate, since rhythm is a central element in Sting's songwriting, even when he's reeling out a ballad.
You can read the full review here.
And come back to Culture Monster on Thursday for Powers' review of L.A. Opera's "Götterdämmerung" and for a report on Sting's next concert in Southern California -- Wednesday at Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
Photo: Sting at the Hollywood Bowl. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times
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