Mon, Sep 23, 2013.
Multi-award winning blues man Matt Andersen kicks off a trio of shows in his home province tonight, but this time there's a difference. Along with his usual band, Andersen's performing in front of a bigger (and better-dressed) ensemble. It's Symphony New Brunswick, under the direction of Maestro Michael Newnham. It's a series of shows in Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John that serve as fundraisers for the Symphony. These are the beginning shows for the Symphony's season, and they see the orchestra team up with Andersen for the second time.
SNB first played alongside Andersen at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards, laying the seed for this full collaboration. After proving blues and orchestra worked well together, the stage was set for these full programs. Newnham sets aside special praise for Andersen's songs and vocal work. It will also help bring a new appreciation for the symphony among Andersen's many fans, and given his status as the province's favourite artist these days, that will mean a lot of new attention aimed SNB's way.
The shows open tonight in Moncton at the Capitol Theatre, followed by Fredericton Tuesday at the Playhouse, and finishing off Wednesday at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John. All three performances begin at 7:30, with tickets at $45.00.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).