Glenside to have a Renaissance

October 23, 2017 by  

The Renaissance Chamber Orchestra is on its way to Glenside.

The ensemble does not play traditional chamber music; instead, the hand-picked ensemble includes strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion.

Renaissance was formed in 1969, and created a unique sound by blending classical, rock, and folk music, often including a full symphony orchestra. The band was at its height in the 1970s, when it toured the world. At this time, the group played with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, and sold out all three concerts.

It followed up this triumph by appearing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, along with the Royal Chorale Society, at another sold-out appearance in London at the Royal Albert Hall. Highlighting the group’s music was Annie Haslam’s vocal talents and five-octave range.

Over the years, the band’s membership changed, and the group finally disbanded in the late 1980s, after which Haslam went solo. An attempt to reform the original band in 2009 did not work due to scheduling, so Haslam and guitarist Michael Dunford decided to create a new ensemble at this point, and Renaissance was reborn.

The innovative group appears at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside on Friday, October 27, 2017, at 8:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now.

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