Thu August 8 | 7:30 PM

The Music of Queen

Eugene Symphony presents Windborne's Music of Queen

AYYYYYY-OH … Celebrate one of the greatest bands of all time as your Eugene Symphony brings Windborne’s The Music of Queen to the Silva Stage.


August 8, 2024 7:30 PM

The Music of Queen

Eugene Symphony presents Windborne's Music of Queen

Brent Havens, conductor
Brody Dolyniuk, vocalist

AYYYYYY-OH … Celebrate one of the greatest bands of all time as your Eugene Symphony brings Windborne’s The Music of Queen to the Silva Stage. Rock out to your favorites, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “Somebody to Love,” and more! Broadway vocalist MiG Ayesa skillfully captures Freddy Mercury’s distinct sound, amplified by a full rock band and all led by guest conductor and composer Brent Havens. Join us for this incredible night of iconic music!

About Brent Havens

Brent Havens

Bridging the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music, conductor/arranger Brent Havens takes the podium to present Windborne's The Music of Queen, a program he scored to extend the listening experience of Queen's exceptional tunes. Performed by an orchestra and amplified with a full rock band and vocals, Havens and his ensemble capture Queen's distinct sound while presenting some familiar and lots of new musical colors.

Delivering a fabulous rendition of Freddie Mercury's vocals is London’s West End and Broadway’s MiG Ayesa. "I had worked with MiG on a “Rock of Ages”
show in St. Louis and when we were looking for a new Music of Queen show singer I immediately thought of MiG. His energy, musicianship and fantastic
voice made an immediate impression on me,” says Havens. “Clearly, there will never be another Freddie Mercury and I don’t want MiG to try to be him… but
MiG delivers an amazing and wonderful performance on this show. He has the audience swept up in this music like no other."

Heightened by rock concert lighting, the symphonic rock hybrid has met with riotous approval at both ends of the hall. Many classical musicians also enjoy the change of pace. "So many of the musicians grew up with this music much like we did," says Havens. "They may not have studied it to the extent that my musicians have studied it but they are certainly familiar with the music. Who can avoid hearing 'We Will Rock You' at sporting events, on TV shows, and even in the super market?" Indeed, Queen's music seems omnipresent.

“We've successfully merged four different groups with the orchestra and it seemed to me the next logical step in selecting a group was Queen. As always we wanted to keep the foundation of the music as close to the originals as we could and then add additional colors to enhance what Queen had done,” says Havens. “The wonderful thing with an orchestra is that you have an entire palette of sounds to call upon. The band is reproducing what Queen did live, as closely as possible within the constraints of personnel, and then having an orchestra behind the band gives the music richness, a whole new feel, a whole different sense of color but still preserving the wonderful music that they originally produced.

”As with the other shows, Havens understood that Queen fans would want to hear the original, familiar elements of the music. He therefore followed exact line arrangements and used the orchestra for enhancement. With a 50-piece orchestra hanging on his every cue, Havens had a large landscape to work with. Just among the double-reed instruments—the oboe, English Horn, bassoon—there are so many colors. Add in the violins, violas, cellos, basses, and woodwinds or more pure sounds from instruments like a flute or a clarinet and the selection grows. Then consider the entire brass section trumpets, trombones, French horns, and the lower brass like the bass trombone and tuba and you realize the variety of choices available to accompany a distorted electric guitar, bass, keyboard and drums. Queen's rich chord structures and amazing vocal harmonies made the music an ideal choice for scoring.

“When I sat down to begin scoring the show, it was amazing how comfortably the orchestra fit within the structure of the music. Innovative chord progressions, wonderful melodies and the astounding vocals of Freddie Mercury make the music a perfect choice to orchestrate. And having world class musicians in every city we present the show makes the music even that much more compelling.

"The show has proven a great way to introduce rock fans to the symphony experience. “As with our other shows, I’m sure there are people who are going to come out who have never seen their city’s symphony orchestra and this allows them to experience something new along with the music that they already love,” says Havens.

Additional Musicians:

Guitar/Vocals – George Cintron
Keyboards/Vocals – Justin Avery
Bass/Vocals – Dan Clemens
Drums/Vocals – Powell Randolph

About Brody Dolyniuk

Brody Dolyniuk remembers mimicking voices even as a child, listening to old records and tapes. He is a gifted, self-taught musician, capable of playing several instruments, with a particular knack for capturing the voices and mannerisms of classic characters from music, TV, and movies.

His first professional gigs were at piano bars in several U.S. cities, where he learned to charm audiences and expand his musical repertoire. With a longing to perform the music of the many rock bands that inspired him, Brody assembled Yellow Brick Road, unquestionably Las Vegas' most successful classic rock band. Since 1997, YBR has been reshaping the casino entertainment scene by bringing a rock concert atmosphere to showrooms previously reserved for Top-40-style lounge acts. Along the way, Brody has made numerous radio and TV appearances, and earned a spot in the finals of two national singing competitions, and even self-produced several large rock production-style shows utilizing multimedia, lasers, comedy and special effects.

In 2007, Brody lent his vocal talents by singing several tracks on the mega-hit video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, and has already done several more for the new Konami game Rock Revolution.

Brody joined Windborne Music in 2009 as vocalist for the Music of Queen show, but has proven to be versatile enough to become the lead on our Rolling Stones, The Who, U2 shows (and is an on-call stand-in for several others including Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd).

As a devout classic rock fan, Brody's enthusiasm, vocal ability and on-stage energy were the perfect fit Windborne Music's Symphony shows, and continue to win over audiences around the globe.

Health & Safety

The health and safety of Eugene Symphony audience members, musicians, and staff members has been and will always be our top priority. We strongly welcome and encourage patrons who wish to continue wearing masks while attending performances to do so. We want all of our attendees to feel comfortable and accepted in your choice. You take care of you, we'll take care of the music and ensuring that your experience attending a Eugene Symphony concert remains exceptional.

For the most up to date health and safety protocols for our concerts, visit our Eugene Symphony Safety page.

LOCATION: Hult Center for the Performing Arts


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