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The music of greats Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder
The Perth Symphony Orchestra enjoy re-working the music of the world's most talented artists and producing new orchestral sounds based on these hits. After the fun they had had presenting the music of George Michael with the talented WAAPA Gospel Choir last year, they have decided to continue this tradition.
The WAAPA then spoke with Matt Allen, who was the founder of the WAAPA Gospel Choir, and it was decided that the next concert would feature the works of both Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin, and they would receive the full PSO treatment!
Now, in the year Aretha Franklin is about to release her final album, produced by Stevie Wonder no less, Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) are readying themselves to break the rules once more.
Again teaming with the WAAPA Gospel Choir following the sold-out George Michael tribute "Faith & Freedom", they will reunite at the Astor Theatre on 31st May, 2018 to perform the work of not one, but both these legends of soul, pop and R&B.
The show will be on from 8.00 pm to 9.45 pm and tickets will cost from $75.
Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder is a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-talented instrumentalist.
Stevie was a child prodigy and is one of the most critically and commercially successful musical performers of our time, having recorded more than 30 top ten hits and received 25 Grammy Awards. It would be difficult to find anyone who has not heard of this great man and his soulful songs.
During his 1970's classic period, Wonder wasn't just writing hit after hit like Superstition, Sir Duke, Isn't She Lovely and Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours; "he was publicly outing Richard Nixon with political fervour".
Stevie also suffered a life-changing car accident that saw him in a coma for four days in 1973. His hits include back-to-back Album of the Year in 1974-75, when he was just 25 years of age!
Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin is often known as the Queen of Soul. She is an incredible vocalist and the first ever female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Aretha Franklin is possibly one of the best-selling musical artists of all time and has been rated by Rolling Stone as the number one greatest singer of all time. Her name is synonymous with soul music and is also "gospel-charged" and her inspiring music has empowered generations of people.
Aretha Franklin has had a staggering run of 20 number ones on the Billboard R&B Chart with hits such as Respect, Natural Woman, I Say a Little Prayer and Think, and these are all the more powerful in light of the fact she had given birth to two children by the age of 14 and is a survivor of domestic violence.
Perth Symphony Strings and WAAPA
Perth Symphony Strings rhythm section and horns will be appearing at The Astor Stage along with the incredible WAAPA Gospel Choir for the second time to celebrate the ageless songs of these two soul geniuses.
PSO will be replacing the traditional "band" using strings as the foundation and giving orchestral musicians their chance to incorporate the soul into the sound.
This promises to be a fabulous experience and you will hear their hits as you've never heard them before, performed by some of Western Australia's most incredible young musicians.
This show is great timing too, as Aretha prepares to get back into the studio and record what she says will be her last album, with good friend Stevie Wonder. This will happen later in the year and Aretha has described the album as "kind of multi-(directional)."
She goes on to say "We're not pigeonholed to any one thing."