Music Review: The Music of Queen

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Kids — and parents — of all ages will enjoy The Music of Queen with the Nashville Symphony, Oct. 30 - Nov. 1.

One of the best musical performances to grace the Schermerhorn stage!

FirstBank Pops Series: The Music of Queen (Oct. 30 – Nov. 1; All ages)
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
1 Symphony Place, Nashville
782-4040 • nashvillesymphony.org
Remaining show times: Fri – Sat 8 p.m.
Tickets: $44 – $138

Since the opening of the Scherhermhorn Symphony Center in September 2006, there has been a multitude of spectacular concert experiences on its stage, and the current installment of the Nashville Symphony’s FirstBank Pops Series, The Music of Queen, is one of the absolute best by far.

Audiences of all ages will enjoy this two-hour symphonic rock show. Opening night saw multiple generations of concert goers from young kids to seniors enjoying some of the most amazing, memorable music in rock history. That’s the cool thing about Queen. Though it was decades ago when the band was current, cranking out 18 number one albums and 18 number one hits, Queen’s music has a staying power to this day that is undeniable.

Conductor Brent Havens leads our Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony along with a four-piece rock band comprising Bart Kuebler (keyboards/vocals), George Cintron (electric guitar/vocals), Daniel Clemens (bass/vocals) and Powell Randolph (drums/vocals). While at times the rock band masks the symphony players, together they deliver a powerful musical backdrop serving up 19 crowd-pleasing Queen tunes.

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Brody Dolyniuk

The actual music aside, to truly enjoy any live performance of Queen’s repertoire, you’ve got to have an outstanding vocalist to deliver Freddie Mercury’s dynamic vocal range. Lead singer Brody Dolyniuk nails the notes of each song selection with precise inflection and resonance of Mercury’s unique rock wailing. In fact, Dolyniuk is a virtual carbon copy of Mercury in the vocal department. There are several times throughout the show that if you close your eyes and just listen, you’ll swear you’re hearing Mercury himself belting those high-end notes on the stage.

A consummate performer, Dolyniuk is charming and playful with the audience both on stage and during the few times he hops off it to mingle with the audience, and he occasionally serves up spot-on dance moves, including those of Michael Jackson, during the beginning of “Another One Bites the Dust.” Dolyniuk invites a lot of audience participation throughout the night, though it doesn’t take much goading as the crowd eagerly sings along to beloved favorites like “Somebody to Love,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Will Rock You,” “We are the Champions” and the rollicking “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Other favorites include “Under Pressure,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “Hammer to Fall” and “Stone Cold Crazy,” but it’s the show-stopping — and standing-ovation inspiring — “Who Wants to Live Forever” that proves what immense talent Dolyniuk possesses, and this dramatic number truly allows the Nashville Symphony to shine.

Kids of all ages can enjoy this rockin’ night of music, and they’ll undoubtedly find inspiration in Dolyniuk’s vocal prowess. Remaining seats are very limited, so you’ll want to do your darnedest to secure ’em (and if you go Halloween night, there’s an audience costume contest, so dress up!).

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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