By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This Tuesday, March 26th, the ‘Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro’ (Rio de Janeiro State University) together with the ‘Orquestra de Solistas do Rio de Janeiro’ (Rio de Janeiro Soloists’ Orchestra) will put on a special orchestral tribute to one of the giants of British rock, Queen. The concert will also feature special participation from American soul singer Alma Thomas.
With mega hits such as ‘We Will Rock You,’ and ‘Another One Bites the Dust,’ Queen are one of the most recognizable and successful rock bands the world has ever seen. A legion of new fans have recently flocked to the band since last year’s release and subsequent Oscar success of the biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ and now, people get a chance to see some of their greatest hits performed live in the Cidade Maravilhosa.
Rafael Barros Castro, conductor of the Orquestra de Solistas do Rio de Janeiro, or OSRJ, will direct the concert, with a promise to bring out the essence of the songs, the lyrical themes, and the striking compositions that make Queen such a beloved band. Fans of last year’s orchestral tribute to Pink Floyd or the recent performance of The Who’s musical ‘Tommy,’ won’t want to miss out on this one-off show.
Alongside the orchestra, American soul singer and Rio resident Alma Thomas – who headlined the recent Leblon Jazz Festival with a tribute to Nina Simone – will also be joining the musicians to interpret some of the band’s best-known works such as ‘Under Pressure,’ ‘Radio Gaga,’ and ‘Don’t Stop Me Now.’
What: QUEEN Concert na UERJ
When: Tuesday, March 26th, 7:30PM
Where: Teatro Odylo Costa Filho, R. São Francisco Xavier, 524 – Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20550-900
Entrance: Tickets between R$15 – R$30; available here