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Rocktopia Live brought their unique performance of classical music blended with opera and rock music, backed by videos that speak to the music, to the Florida Theater Wednesday. The performance opened with Also Sprach Zathusa (Strauss), played by the live mini-orchestra, blended into Baba O’Riley (The Who) with outstanding vocals by Rob Evan and Tony Vincent. The orchestra produced an astounding sound the entire evening for such a small group, fronted by violinist Mairead Nesbitt who was the glue and segue between the classical and the rock.
Classical music from Strauss, Mozart, Handel, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Puccini, and Beethoven were seamlessly interwoven with rock greats from The Who, Styx, Heart, Hendrix, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, U2, The Beatles, Foreigner, Queen and Journey.
Chloe Lowery earned the first standing ovation of the night with her rendition of Alone (Heart) and another standing ovation for her blazing interpretation of I Want to Know What Love Is (Foreigner). Lead guitarist Tony Bruno showed off his considerable skills with amazing guitar riffs in Another Brick In the Wall (Pink Floyd) and On The Turning Away (Pink Floyd). Ximena Borges brought her operatic talents to the front stage with Quando Men Vo (Puccini) blending seamlessly into Something (Beatles) and then morphing again when joined on stage by Rob Evan for Carusso (Pavarotti). The performance ended with Rob Evan, Tony Vincent, Chloe Lowery, Ximena Borges, Kimberly Nichole and Mairead Nesbitt performing a stellar version of Don’t Stop Believing (Journey) accompanied by the entire audience who were all on their feet demanding more. The evening was concluded with an encore of Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin) sung by Chloe Lowery.
It was an incredible, amazing experience for all in attendance. Rocktopia Live is wrapping up their current tour the end of this month, but if you have the chance, be sure to see them on their next tour.