Date: October 30, 2010
Time: 8 PM
Location: Kleinhans Music Hall
Organization: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Matthew Kraemer, conductor
Bob Stillman, vocals
Celebrate two of America’s great singer songwriters with this special presentation of their music – Country Roads: The Music of John Denver and Dan Fogelberg – performed by the BPO with special guest vocalist Bob Stillman.
The songs of John Denver and Dan Fogelberg have a special association with Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. In very different ways, these two troubadours epitomized the singer-songwriter movement of the 70's that grew out of the folk scene of the previous decades. The sound common to both, based on acoustic guitar and featuring a soaring tenor voice, is the sound of an era that re-discovered the romance of natural America.
The music of John Denver spans three decades, outlasted countless musical trends, garnered numerous music awards, and earned John the title of one of the most well-loved international songwriters, performers, actors, environmentalist and humanitarians in the world. Denver recorded and released around 300 songs, of which about 200 were composed by him. Songs such as "Leaving on a Jet Plane", "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Rocky Mountain High", "Sunshine on My Shoulders", "Thank God I'm a Country Boy", "Annie's Song" and "Calypso" have made John Denver a household name.
American singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Dan Fogelberg’s songs- "Leader of the Band," "Hard to Say," "Run for the Roses," "Same Old Lang Syne" - have become so embedded in our collective consciousness that they still resound with authentic magic and beauty years after they first emerged.
This performance represents the expansion of Ligeti Artists’ Cover Story Series into the orchestral realm. The concept of the Cover Stories Series is a celebration of the albums that launched the careers of the major Pop Icons of the US and the British Isles from the late 50's to the present with original vocal and band arrangements with the addition of full symphony orchestra. Other artists in the Cover Stories repertoire include Sweet Baby James, The Music of James Taylor which the BPO presented last season along with other greats such as Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Carol King, Bob Dylan, Peggy Lee and Simon and Garfunkel.