Sting - Symphonicity - Concert in Saint Mark's Square (Venice)
29 July 2011
Imagine Sting, one of the most acclaimed and charismatic artists ever, accompanied by a symphonic orchestra. Then picture all this within the magic surroundings of Piazza San Marco in Venice. What you get is the live event of the year, a show within a show that will rightly enter into the history of the city and of this artist as well.The date, scheduled on 29 July, 2011, is part of the Symphonicity tour, a splendid re-imagination with classic arrangements of many of the singers hits and also other less known, but equally great, singles. Alongside the Venice Symphonic Orchestra and its 50 members, Sting will play well-known hits from the Police (Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Roxanne, Next To You, Every Breath You Take, King Of Pain) as well as tracks from his repertoire as a solo artist (Englishman in New York, Fragile, Russians, If I Ever Lose My Faith in You, Fields Of Gold, Desert Rose, Whenever I Say Your Name, Mad About You) and several less-known gems from his discography that have become hits following this tour and the accompanying album (The End Of The Game, Tomorrow We'll See, All Would Envy). On stage there will also be Dominic Miller (Stings trusted guitarist Rhani Krija (drums Jo Lawry (lead singer) and Ira Coleman (bass). Stings foray into classic music occurred in 2006 with the album Songs from the Labyrinth, where he re-visited the repertoire of John Dowland accompanied by lute melodies, and the following album If On A Winter's Night..., a collection of traditional English music. There followed two original productions from Sting, still in keeping with his new musical endeavour, and the Symphonicities albums. As a solo artist and leader of the Police, Sting has collected sixteen Grammy awards, two Brit awards, one Golden Globe, one Emmy, three Oscar nominations, the Century Award, given to him by Billboard Magazine and the nomination to Person of the Year by MusiCares in 2004. He has also been included in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.His latest CD is Live in Berlin with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra directed by Steven Mercurio, a concert that represents the quintessence of the Symphonicity Tour.