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Synthesis of Music and Power at Ovens Auditorium

Evanescence bring the Orchestra to Rock – Live

Words by Jimmy Warsham | Photos by Kevin McGee

Lines stretched out to the highway. The formally dressed standing along side those in shorts and t-shirts. Red velvet corsets and bowties standing behind baseball caps and oil stained jeans. The old and the young. Men and women. No matter how many shows I go to, I still find it very interesting just watching the people who come out to to enjoy a night of music. Seeing the crowd for Evanescence was no different.

As the crowd filled the lobby, there was a buzz in the air. Fans of Evanescence and especially, Amy Lee, were getting excited to see one of the most powerful singers in the music business perform. Having never been in Ovens Auditorium for a show like this, and it being a seated only venue, I was wondering how interactive folks would be during the show. There seemed to be an almost completely sold out house by the time eight o’clock arrived. There was a hush among the crowd as the lights dropped and the show was about to begin.

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The orchestra accompanying Evanescence made their way onto the stage and took their seats. I slid back into my seat to relax and take in the sounds as the violinists began to run their bows across the strings of their instruments. The hum of the vibrations from the rare woods took me into a state of complete relaxation as they became one coordinated sound as they fell into tune. The somber sounds of Moonlight Sonata began and the pianist took us on a melancholy musical  journey into the genius mind of Beethoven. I had forgotten how nice the symphony could be and how healing the great classics of the past can be on a burdened, weary mind. We had the pleasure of a few of Beethoven’s greats and a little Mozart thrown in for good measure. As I scanned the room, I could tell there were people in there who had never been to a classical music concert before, but their eyes told the tale of how hypnotic and powerful those foreign sounds can be to anyone as they stared deep into a new world they were experiencing for the first time. They took us into an intermission with a rambunctious roar from the crowd as the conductor and orchestra took a bow.

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Backlit, the band took a seat on a riser mid stage and Amy took a seat at the piano. Spotlights rained their glow down on her in a v. She then showed why everyone was there to see her. Her voice filled the hall with a power that very few can replicate. Moving between the keys and the mic she gave the crowd an even more dramatic presentation of the music of Evanescence. By adding the orchestra and an electronic element that was not in the original songs, Amy was able to take them and add a new twist on the originals and transform them into something fresh. At one point, she reminded the crowd that even though it sounded like there was an orchestra there, they could make noise. This opened up the crowd for the rest of the night to “I love you Amy” chants from the fans.

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There was for sure more than a few rabid fans as there were a couple of young ladies down front who could no longer contain their excitement and were up doing some sort of dance and shaking their hair around. Hey, they seemed to be having a good time even though they were the only two up, at that time anyway. I thought that Amy might say something to them because their enthusiasm was evident as their long blonde hair reflected the bright white lights pulsing from the stage. The only thing I was waiting for all night was for the guitar players to get up and move to the front of the stage, on at least one song, and let loose. That would have blown the roof off the place, but it never happened unfortunately. It is easy to see why people really love Amy and her style. There are many who try to copy it but none have been as successful at moving through multiple genres to create what we now know as Evanescence.

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With the new take on the original music, the band is far from fading away into a distant memory, unlike what their name may suggest. The upcoming record, Synthesis, will be dropping in November. The approach to the music makes sense to me based on Amy’s very distinct dramatic style. For the hardcore fans of the band, I would imagine this will be a very popular addition to their collection. Amy certainly has an amazing talent that most of us could only dream of, and I think they will have good success on the remaining dates of this tour supporting the upcoming record.

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Setlist

  1. Orchestra Opening
  2. Moonlight Sonata
  3. (Ludwig van Beethoven cover)
  4. Pavane (Gabriel Fauré cover)
  5. Adagio Cantabile (Ludwig van Beethoven cover)
  6. La strada (Nino Rota cover)
  7. Lacrimosa (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart cover)
  8. Sally’s Song (Danny Elfman cover
  9. Evanescence with orchestra
  10. Overture
  11. Never Go Back
  12. Lacrymosa
  13. End of the Dream
  14. My Heart Is Broken
  15. Lithium
  16. Bring Me to Life
  17. Unraveling
  18. Imaginary
  19. Secret Door
  20. Hi-Lo
  21. Lost in Paradise
  22. Your Star
  23. My Immortal
  24. The In-Between
  25. Imperfection
  26. Encore:
  27. Speak to Me
  28. (Amy Lee song)
  29. Good Enough
  30. Swimming Home

 

Synthesis Tour

October 31, 2017 Oxon Hill The Theater at MGM National Harbor
November 2, 2017 Upper Darby Township Tower Theater
November 3, 2017 Mashantucket Foxwoods Resort Casino Grand Theater
November 5, 2017 Boston Orpheum Theatre
November 7, 2017 Bethelehem Sands Event Center
November 8, 2017 Baltimore Hippodrome Theatre
November 10, 2017 Brooklyn Kings Theatre
November 30, 2017 Chicago Chicago Theatre
December 2, 2017 Carmel The Palladium
December 3, 2017 St. Louis, Missouri Peabody Opera House
December 5, 2017 Minneapolis State Theatre
December 6, 2017 Madison Orpheum Theatre
December 8, 2017 Toronto Canada Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
December 9, 2017 Windsor Caesars Windsor
December 11, 2017 Kansas City United States Kansas City Music Hall
December 13, 2017 Denver Paramount Theatre
December 15, 2017 Reno Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort
December 16, 2017 San Francisco Masonic Auditorium
December 19, 2017 Portland Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Oceania
February 11, 2018 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
February 13, 2018 Sydney Sydney Opera House 5,608
February 14, 2018
February 16, 2018 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena 14,820
Europe
March 12, 2018 Moscow Russia Crocus City Hall
March 15, 2018 St. Petersburg Yubi
March 17, 2018 Prague Czech Republic Prague Congress Centre
March 19, 2018 Milan Italy Arcimboldi Theatre
March 20, 2018 Zurich Switserland Samsung Hall
March 22, 2018 Stuttgart Germany Porsche-Arena
March 23, 2018 Leipzig Arena Leipzig
March 25, 2018 Amsterdam The Netherlands AFAS Live
March 26, 2018 Düsseldorf Germany Mitsubishi Electric Halle
March 28, 2018 Paris France Grand Rex
March 30, 2018 London England Royal Festival Hall
March 31, 2018
April 2, 2018 Manchester O2 Apollo Manchester
April 3, 2018 Nottingham Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
April 5, 2018 Glasgow Scotland SEC Armadillo
April 6, 2018 Sheffield England Sheffield City Hall
April 8, 2018 Brussels Belgium Palais 12
April 10, 2018 London England Eventim Apollo

 

Born in a small town in Western North Carolina, exposed to the wonders of the world at a young age through stories, words, and pictures. I have fond memories of flipping through Life Magazine to see the iconic images of days gone by and the exotic locations that only a National Geographic photographer could take me. Of course having my grandmother by my side giving commentary of how she met Mohammed Ali and where she was as Kennedy's car made that slow, fateful turn onto Dealey Plaza gave texture and substance to the pictures. Since then, my feet have left imprints in the soil in places I could have only once dreamed of. I have seen beautiful children smile in the dusty landscape of SW Ethiopia. I have walked the streets of the French Revolution. I have discarded my shoes to enter ancient Buddhist Temples in Thailand. I am always in pursuit to uncover new information, soak in new cultures, meet new people, and discover new music that can stimulate my imagination. I am on a lifelong journey, still searching for that ultimate experience. The goal of my photography and writing is to take you with me on my quest. If you are unable to be there with me, I want you to be able to immerse yourself in my words and pictures to help share with you an understanding of what it was like to be present in that small moment in time with me.

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