Looking for something fun, energetic, exciting and romantic to do this weekend? Do you love music from the '70s? Want an opportunity to visit the Schermerhorn Symphony Center without feeling the need to get all decked out? If so, I've got just the ticket for you this weekend as Chicago, the fab rock band originated in 1967 in the city of the same name, plays their hits, old and new, for a night of rockin' fun with the Nashville Symphony and my favorite conductor of all time, Albert George Schram.
According to the Billboard Chart statistics, Chicago is second in line as the most successful American band of all time, with the Beach Boys in the number one slot; not bad company at all. The band is known for massive '70s hits like "You're the Inspiration", "If You Leave Me Now", "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" and "Will You Still Love Me", which were performed with amazing youth and vitality at last night's performance.
As of May 2013, four of the six surviving founding members (major songwriters Lamm and Pankow, plus Loughnane and Parazaider) have remained, providing continuity since the beginning. Scheff has been with the band for 26 years, Imboden for 23 years, Howland for 18 years, Pardini for 4 years, and Reyes for 1 year. - according to Wikipedia.
Speaking of youth and vitality, it was a delight to see a sea of silver heads bobbing, swaying and singing with the Chicago songs we remember so well from our teen and young adult years. There were a few young folks mingled into the crowd, but mostly it was made up of people in their 50s, 60s, 70s and even 80s - clapping, yelling, whistling, pumping their fists in the air and standing up to dance with glee to the old hits. The feeling of camaraderie in the beautifully elegant symphony hall was a bit awe inspiring; just knowing that I still have years left to rock on with the best of them.
The concert, which lasted for around two hours, was madly entertaining, the second half more so than the first, as the band warmed up and really started jamming, so obviously delighted to be on stage with our own Albert George Schram conducting the Nashville Symphony. I only wish the orchestra hadn't been quite so drowned out by the band.
It's going to be a cool, lovely near-fall weekend; the perfect time to have a glass of wine on the third floor balcony of the Schermerhorn, looking out over our beautiful downtown Nashville, revisiting your youth, recalling the dreams and loves you once had - rejoicing in the ones you have now. Bring a loved one to enjoy the romantic ballads with you, bring a child to share the music of your past or just bring yourself - you'll still have a grand old time.
For more information, visit nashvillesymphony.org --- and Rock On!