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|Fri 19 Nov ’10, 8:00pm–10:45pm||
Where: Vector Arena, 42-80 Mahuhu Crescent, Auckland
Restrictions: All Ages
Event listed by: Brian01
George Benson: An Unforgettable Tribute To Nat King Cole. Confirmed for New Zealand Tour, legendary guitarist/vocalist revisits the music of Nat King Cole and adds some of his own amazing hits for good measure!
It takes a legend to successfully pay homage to one – and that’s just what ten-time Grammy Award-winner George Benson demonstrates during his elegant performance of “An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole,” which has thus far, been a resounding success. The Los Angeles Times said Benson’s connection with Cole was not based on simulations but on "the ability of two fine jazz artists to successfully, and musically, reach out to a beyond-genre audience.”
Benson and his ensemble, joined by a six-piece choir and a 28-piece string orchestra conducted by Randy Waldman (conductor for Barbara Streisand, Josh Groban and others), pays tribute spanning classic Nat King Cole hits with lush orchestrations and, at times, delightful be-bop “King Cole Trio” interpretations. With precision and innovation, Benson delivers Cole favorites such as “Mona Lisa,” “Stardust,” “Route 66,” “Looking Back,” “We’re Too Young,” and “Nature Boy,” along with all the greatest of Nat’s many hits, including a bring-the-house-down performance of “Unforgettable.” The show concludes with Benson’s incomparable combo joining him on stage for a set of vintage Benson hits such as “Give Me The Night,” “Breezin’,” “Moody’s Mood For Love,” and “On Broadway.”
Performing with The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus.