Progressive rock band Renaissance, featuring original lead singer Annie Haslam, are embarking this month on their Symphonic Journey tour, backed by a 10-piece chamber orchestra.
Four dates on the tour, which runs October 26 through November 3, mark the first time in 40 years that Renaissance will perform live with an orchestra and will be filmed for an upcoming DVD release, fresh off the success of their 2015 Live at The Union Chapel DVD.
“It’s so exciting to be backed by an orchestra again,” says Haslam, who’s been fronting Renaissance, the pioneering prog rockers (think Genesis, King Crimson and Yes, but with a classical twist) since the beginning 48 years ago. Haslam’s legendary five-octave voice is the hallmark of the band’s sound, a unique combination of progressive rock with symphonic influences.
Haslam, who’s performed with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic, says, “Although it’s not easy to pull off, we’ve curated our own group of 10 orchestral players for four special concerts – and I can’t wait to look over my shoulder and see strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion as we launch into our big numbers.” Fans can look forward to the band’s orchestral classics like "Mother Russia," "Carpet Of The Sun," and "A Song For All Seasons."
The Symphonic Journey tour opens with four special orchestral shows:
October 26 - Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT
October 27 - Keswick Theater - Glenside, PA
October 28 - Town Hall - New York City, NY
October 29 - The Egg - Albany, NY
One of these concerts will be filmed and recorded for a new live DVD.
Renaissance will also play dates without the chamber orchestra at Boston’s City Winery (November 1); Annapolis MD’s Rams Head On Stage (November 2) and Oakmont PA’s The Oaks Theater (November 3).
In recent years, Renaissance has been active, touring extensively through North America, Canada, Japan, South Korea, England, Holland, Belgium, Israel, Portugal, Argentina and Brazil. With Haslam as lead vocalist, the band is comprised of her longtime musical associate Rave Tesar on piano, Tom Brislin on keyboards, Mark Lambert on guitars, Frank Pagano on drums and percussion, and Leo Traversa on bass.
For more information, go to http://www.renaissancetouring.com.