James Bond concert in Kitchener, ON, Canada this weekend
Event: Music of James Bond performed by KW Symphony
Location: Centre in the Square, Kitchener, ON, Canada
Friday 14th May @ 20:00
Saturday 15th May @ 20:00
Shaken, not stirred. Enjoy the most memorable movie music of all time! Hear your favourite Bond themes including Dr. No, Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only and many more!
John Morris Russell, conductor
Marcia Whitehead, vocalist/Bond Girl
Tickets start at $20.
Centre In The Square
101 Queen Street North
Kitchener Ontario N2H 6P7
Box office 519-745-4711, toll free1-888-745-471, or visit the event website
Itâs not often a classically trained opera singer can add âBond girlâ to her resume, right after mezzo soprano and actress, reports The Record
âI think itâs awesome,â said the delightfully funny and excitable Whitehead, referring to her singing role for the Kitchener Waterloo Symphonyâs Music of James Bond concert this weekend.
âPeople love things they are familiar with,â she said. âThey feel a real connection to the music, many are attached to it.
âSome of the music for James Bond, For Your Eyes Only, I remember as a kid. I was only seven or eight years old. I never thought Iâd get to be (the singer) Sheena Easton.â
The concert, part of the Symphonyâs Pop series and conducted by John Morris Russell, will feature music by some of the most beloved contemporary composers, talents such as Burt Bacharach (The Look of Love), Marvin Hamlisch (Nobody Does It Better), Quincy Jones (Soul Bossa Nova), Henry Mancini (Peter Gunn), David Arnold (Tomorrow Never Dies) among others.
âThis music is difficult to pull off and sound just like the movie,â said Whitehead. âItâs big and broad and needs full throttle energy.â
The singer noted that Bond music spans several eras, from the 1960s through to this century. Consequently, itâs important to her to ârespect the genre it came from,â the pure sound of the 1960s, the rock of the 1970s to the modern digital techno-sound of recent songs.
âItâs a balancing act,â she said, noting the importance of the music as a way to propel the movieâs storyline forward. âYouâre glued to it because of the music. It tells a story without saying a word.â
With the entire symphony behind her, Whitehead will really have to power up, be less operatic and more cabaret, a switch she makes easily.
âIâve sung many genres of music,â said the Toronto-based singer. âItâs always fun to switch it up. Iâm classically trained but Iâve done musical theatre. I end up singing the fun pieces, the cabaret pieces. It helps keep you fresh.â
Critics have described Whiteheadâs voice as both dark and elegant and her singing style as dramatic and stellar. She holds a music degree in voice from the University of Manitoba and has studied at the Professional Actorâs Lab, LâAtelier Lyrique de Lâopera de Montreal as well as the Banff Centre. Most recently, she did the Cinderella tour with the Calgary Opera.
This will be Whiteheadâs debut on the Centre in the Square stage and with the symphony.
âThe musicians will be picking up their instruments and having a good time â¦ and I get to wear a gold dress.â
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