A five-piece rock band and a full philharmonic orchestra may seem like an odd combination, but the juxtaposed performers meshed seamlessly this past weekend with The Music of Queen at the MPO.
Performing the best-loved songs by the late Freddie Mercury and co, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra added a glorious touch to many of the band’s greatest hits. Songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Who Wants To Live Forever and The Show Must Go On sent goosebumps coursing through the bodies of the entire audience.
Also among the hits performed on the night were all-time classics such as We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You, I Want It All, and Under Pressure alongside countless others.
California-based Brody Dolyniuk was the man tasked with channelling one of the greatest lead singers of all time, as his infectious charisma and jaw-dropping vocals had the Philharmonic’s hallowed halls rocking the night away. Having built his career wowing Las Vegas audiences and earning multiple accolades, Dolyniuk was the perfect fit to replicate the notoriously magical performances of Mercury in his heyday.
Supported by compatriots Dan Clemens on bass guitar, George Cintron on lead guitar, Powell Randolph on drums and Bart Kuebler on keyboards, Dolyniuk had a full orchestra of some 70 musicians help him bring the timeless Queen hits to life.
Leading the world-class MPO was celebrated conductor Brent Havens, who has worked as an arranger for 11 such symphonic rock programmes – the Music of Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Eagles, Michael Jackson, The Who, The Rolling Stones, U2, and Whitney Houston.
Very different to the classical performances the MPO has long earned global renown for hosting, the concert will live long in the memories of all Queen fans young and old who witnessed it.