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Detroit Symphony A Tribute To The King


By Dr. Anton Anderssen

On Saturday night, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra pops paid a tribute to “The King of Rock and Roll.” The sensational concert was ultra-energetic, tastefully staged, and beautifully orchestrated. The talented symphony played sweet music while Kraig Parker, an international Elvis tribute artist took front stage with two soulfully rich backup singers and an entourage of his own musicians.

Peg Dunlop, a huge Elvis fan who also shares his birthday, attended this concert twice. At the first show on Thursday, she received a coveted red silk sash which she proudly wore to Saturday night’s concert. There was a fearsome competition among fans to receive the prized haberdashery wares. Dunlop remarked, “I really like this guy. I have seen a lot of Elvis entertainers. He has a good voice, and especially on songs with lower notes like In the Ghetto, and How Great Thou Art. He does sound a lot like Elvis. He sure could hold a note at the end of a song!”

The symphony was delightful, as usual. The strings were a heavenly accoutrement to Parker’s silky voice. The program offered a wide range of Elvis hits; there was something for every Elvis fan.


A Tribute to Elvis: Bryan English, conductor ; Kraig Parker, vocalist; Randee Lee, guitar; Randy Cates, bass guitar; Rod Foster, drums; Scott Morris, piano; Genevieve Dew, vocals; Rheda K. Solo, vocals.

All songs arranged by Bryan English:

2001 (Also Sprach Zarathustra)

That's Alright

Burnin' Love

You Gave Me A Mountain

In the Ghetto


Love Me Tender

Never Been To Spain

Kentucky Rain

One Night

You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling

Bridge Over Troubled Water

All Shook Up

If I Can


Prelude to Act II

See See Rider

Lawdy, Lawdy

The Wonder of You

Sweet Caroline

I'll Remember You

Teddy Bear/ Don't Be Cruel

I Just Can't Help Believing

What Now My Love

Blue Suede Shoes/Hound Dog/Jailhouse Rock

My Way

Suspicious Minds

How Great Thou Art

American Trilogy

Can't Help Falling in Love

That's Alright



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