Prince-orchestrated tribute to turn Israel purple

Reviewing a September show in New York, The Current wrote, “What this concert did best was keep its promise of never impersonating the artist.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
October 15, 2018 22:16
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4U: A SYMPHONIC Celebration of Prince.. (photo credit: MARK DOYLE)

 
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Prince fans won’t want to miss 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince which is coming to Hangar 19 in Tel Aviv on December 15. Performed by a full symphony orchestra alongside a live band, 4U was curated by avid Prince aficionado Questlove of The Roots. The show, produced by Live Nation Urban and approved by the Prince estate, kicked off in September in Washington and is traveling the world through November and December.

Rather than a tribute show or impersonation, 4U interprets Prince’s catalogue of hits like “When Doves Cry,” “Little Red Corvette” and lesser-known deep cuts with minimal vocals and extensive visual backdrops of video footage and photos of Prince in action, handwritten lyrics and his varied stage costumes. Reviewing a September show in New York, The Current wrote, “What this concert did best was keep its promise of never impersonating the artist. Not having vocals for most of the show gave fans some space to use their imaginations. It brought Prince into the room more meaningfully than it would have otherwise, because in the absence of his voice people could wish it into their memories or fill in for it by singing themselves.”

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A tour de force finale of “Purple Rain,” with Prince projected performing with the band and orchestra, features his famous guitar solo, with The Current saying, “At the end, we all got to have a moment with the artist, and the orchestra took us through the emotional experience that helped us get to a point where, in whatever way made sense to us – be it on the screen, in the music or in spirit – the Purple One was there too.”

Tickets are available at 2207.kupat.co.il/show/prince4u.

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