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Sting To Headline Academy of Music 153rd Anniversary Concert

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StingThe acclaimed singer / composer, who won five Grammys with The Police and another 11 after going solo, will perform notable songs from the Police repertoire and his solo career, in original orchestrations at The Anniversary Concert on Saturday, January 30, 2010. Sting will be accompanied by The Philadelphia Orchestra and his own quartet of musicians conducted by David Hartley. The classical portion of the program will showcase Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, chief conductor and artistic director of the Dresden Philharmonic, leading The Philadelphia Orchestra in a program of masterpieces featuring guest tenor Juan Diego Flórez, a thrilling performer famous for his high C’s. All performances will take place at the Academy of Music to celebrate the building’s 153rd anniversary with a theme of “Beautiful Spaces, Fabulous Places.”

Presenting Sting as a headliner is appropriate, if not timely, as Sting’s recent compositions reflect classical influences on his newly certified Gold album, If on a Winter’s Night...

“I grew up listening to classical music, and remember being under the piano while my mother played Beethoven sonatas in our house,” says Sting. “I always strive to challenge myself, and music allows me to constantly learn new things.”

Sting’s newest album recently debuted at #1 on Billboard's Classical and Seasonal charts. It is as imaginative and melodious as his reputation gives him credit. According to Jonathan Takiff with The Philadelphia Daily News, If on a Winter’s Night “digs into several centuries of music for this mix of old English carols, hymn like wintry songs plus a few from his own song catalog, - with an apt, recurring theme that winter/Christmas really can be the cruelest season of all. True to his signature, the tunes are delicately seasoned with a swirl of folk, pop, classical and jazz flavors, and so subtly performed by the singer and all-acoustic band that you might take it for blissful chill music, instead of a fearsome freeze-out." 

“We are especially thrilled to be hosting Sting for the annual Concert and Ball,” said Academy of Music President Joanna McNeil Lewis. “The Academy has a history filled with performers representing an impressive and diverse array of music. Sting is the epitome of that representation as his talent spans across many genres, and he continues to explore new possibilities. Now the public will have an opportunity to see him perform with our Philadelphia Orchestra, one of the premier orchestras in the world.”

Sting’s quartet is comprised of Dominic Miller on guitar, David Sancious on piano, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, and Christian McBride on bass. 

Following the concert is the gala champagne dinner and ball at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, which will feature eight dance orchestras throughout the ball. The Academy Ball is chaired by Mrs. Fred L. Hudson III and Mr. Joseph A. Frick. 

Concert-only tickets are available in the Academy of Music’s Amphitheatre for $200. To purchase tickets, please call 215.893.1999 or visit www.philorch.org/academyofmusic.