Memory lane meets the Yellow Brick Road on January 28th in Williamsburg, Virginia, when The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra presents “Piano Men: The Music of Elton and Billy” at their third annual Cabaret and Cocktails Concert. Joining the WSO on stage is the nationally-acclaimed tribute group Piano Men.
Famous for forging the genre of piano rock in the early 70s, touring together decades later, and conducting an on-again, off-again feud in the press as recently as this summer, Elton John and Billy Joel are nothing if not enduring. Elton John became a household name when “Your Song” hit the airwaves in 1970. Billy Joel released his first hit “Piano Man” three years later. Generations have grown up with the music of these legendary artists as the soundtrack of many a defining moment, from awkward first dates to wild college weekends and painful heartbreaks.
In addition to the previously-mentioned hits that launched each composer’s career, the evening’s program includes nearly 20 well-known favorites that run the gamut of tempo and emotion. You’ll have to be there to find out which ones, though, because the exact setlist remains under wraps until each song is announced from the stage.
About Piano Men: The Music of Elton and Billy
Based in Portland, Maine, Piano Men features founder Joe Boucher on piano and lead vocals, with Christoper Eastburn on bass guitar, Gary Backstrom on lead guitar and Steve Hodgkin on drums. The wheels were set in motion to bring the group to Williamsburg when the WSO’s Music Director Janna Hymes saw them perform live.
“This past summer I had the great luck of hearing ‘The Music of Elton and Billy’ with Joe Boucher, his band and a small string quintet,” said Hymes. “The performance was amazing, with audience members singing along, couples holding hands and even a few dancing in the aisles! The music of Billy Joel and Elton John has such broad appeal, I knew this would be a great concert to bring to Williamsburg.”
Praise for Piano Men’s tribute performance promises a top-notch evening of entertainment. Liberty DeVitto, former drummer for the Billy Joel Band, described ‘ The Music of Elton and Billy’ as “one of the most passionate performances I have been a part of since actually performing with Billy and Elton together for over ten years.”
Memory Lane Meets the Yellow Brick Road in Williamsburg, Virginia
Suzanne Nance, radio host of WFMT Chicago, says: “This show masterfully blends the hits of Billy Joel and Elton John with the sophistication and energy of a full orchestra. You must not miss the opportunity to experience Piano Men!”
If a walk down memory lane by way of the yellow brick road sounds like your ideal date night, book your tickets online at williamsburgsymphony.tix.com today. Of 520 seats in this venue, less than 50 remain, and these are the best in the house – front row Platinum table seating for $85 per ticket. Each table seats 10 people.
The concert will be held at Colonial Williamsburg’s Williamsburg Lodge and begins at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for cocktails and light refreshments.
About The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra is committed to providing vibrant and engaging live symphonic music in the classical and pops genres to entertain, inspire, and educate diverse audiences of all ages as an integral part of the cultural life of Williamsburg and the state of Virginia. For more information on The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, visit www.williamsburgsymphony.org or @WMBGSymphony on Facebook and Twitter.
This is a sponsored post, submitted by The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra.