Concert review: Sigur Ros deliver stunning performance at Auditorium Theatre
Get Walt Disney Concert Hall News and alerts free to your inbox At Sept. 30s gala under a tent on Grand Avenue in downtown L.A., Dudamel said he was fed turkey jerky for the first time on a plane ride and it gave him ideas. This wonderful party for music is a good thing, he said, praising his orchestra and when there was a smattering of applause, added, But louder, please. Deborah Borda, prexy of the L.A. Phil, said: Gustavo had a crazy, amazing idea for tonight. We told him it couldnt be done and then we found a videographer, Netia Jones, who could do it. The concert included screens suspended from the ceiling, which showed the development of the hall from sketches to models to the finished building, all set to music played by the L.A. Phil. Interspersed were interviews from architect Frank Gehry as well as newspaper articles that criticized and praised the facility. The program ranged from music by Bach and Tchaikovsky to tunes from Disney films with solo perfs by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Gehry himself came up to the podium and pretended to conduct but didnt speak to the audience, which included Mayor Eric Garcetti, Julie Andrews, John Williams, Albert Brooks, Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin, Michael Eisner, Alan Horn, Jane Fonda, Herbie Hancock, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Cheyenne Jackson, Chris ODonnell, Emmy Rossum, Jane Seymour and William Shatner. About $5 million was raised from the gala for the Phils education programs.
30) for a show at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre and delivered perhaps the finest concert in the Windy City this year. Singer Jonsi and company were joined by an 11-piece band as the atmospheric pop act tore through some of its most recognizable songs, from the beautiful (“Glosoli”) to the poppy (“Hoppipolla”) to the fierce and powerful (“Saeglopur,” which garnered some of the loudest applause of the evening when the crowd heard the opening piano notes.) The live band included a horn section that added new sounds to old favorites like “Vaka” and livened up new tunes such as “Hrafntinna,” an early-set highlight with its clattering percussion. Sigur Ros played six of the nine songs from their latest album, “Kveikur.” While one could lodge numerous complaints against the Auditorium Theatre – don’t worry, we’ll get to those in a moment – one thing the venue had going for itself was fantastic sound. All the way to the top of the balcony, six floors up, the audio was clear and sharp. And if there’s one band for which you want quality audio, it’s Sigur Ros, who craft their complex songs with everything from horns to xylophones to Jonsi’s trademark guitar playing using a violin bow. The final moment of the concert was the best, a lengthy rendition of “Popplagi,” the closing track on the group’s untitled 2002 album. The song has always been a part of the group’s setlists, but the guys took it to a new place by extending the slow build to the final crescendo of crashing drums. It was a mindblowing finish to an outstanding show. The band left the stage after that and came back to take multiple bows but did not perform an encore. How could they? There was no way to top what they had just done. As for the venue, the Auditorium Theatre left a lot to be desired, and we’re not just talking about its ancient, tiny, uncomfortable seats. Incomprehensibly, the venue made the decision to close its upper balcony and move everyone who had purchased tickets there to a different seat.
But she said Medway did little to address the four teenage suicides in Medway since 2009. “When my son died, it was horrific the way it was handled,” she said, adding that the issue was “swept right under the rug” after some time. In todays fast-moving culture, Giovangelo said people are expected to move on quickly, but when a child dies because of “systematic issues in culture,” it becomes difficult. “Teen suicide and bullying are up front and in our faces today,” she added. She said she hopes the concert on Saturday will help her and other families who have lost someone to suicide cope with their losses – and be a “celebration of life.” In order to stop bullying, Giovangelo said, “We need to shift to collaboration, contribution and recognizing that the weakest link is the greatest strength,” she said. A Concert to Remember will be held at Medway High School at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5. The concert will feature a performance by children of Open Fields, a musical theatre group from Dover, as well as performances from other local musicians, including Giovangelo herself. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.benspeaks.org or at the door. All proceeds support ongoing services and to develop programs that support youth and families in the Greater Boston Area. Zachary Comeau can be reached at 508-634-7556 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @ZComeau_MDN. Ever since Judy Giovangelos son, Ben, took his own life, she has worked to help teens from making self-destructive decisions such as using drugs and alcohol. Five months after her sons April 2009 death, Giovangelo started a nonprofit organization called “Ben Speaks Louder Than Words,” which focuses on preventing teen suicide and providing methods to help teens cope with their problems.