Mission Estate Secures Exclusive North Island Concert

12 February 2011

THE MISSION ESTATE CONCERT is very proud to announce STING -- accompanied by a 50 piece symphony orchestra and band -- will extend his critically-acclaimed Symphonicity tour to take in New Zealand's biggest annual concert on Saturday, February 12, 2011.

Following sold-out performances across North America and Europe, Symphonicity finds Sting performing his greatest hits, re-imagined for symphonic arrangement. Drawing from a diverse and illustrious career that has produced numerous multi-platinum albums, a staggering list of number one songs, countless accolades and worldwide record sales of nearly 100 million, Sting's most celebrated songs have been re-interpreted with brand new orchestrations arranged by Jorge Calandrelli, David Hartley, Michel Legrand, Rob Mathes, Vince Mendoza, Steven Mercurio, Bill Ross, Robert Sadin, and Nicola Tescari.

Selections, created especially for this tour, will include fan-favorites such as The Police hits "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", "Roxanne", "Next To You"and "Every Breath You Take," to notable songs from Sting's enduring solo career - "Englishman in New York," "Fragile," "Russians," "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You," "Fields of Gold," and "Desert Rose."

Sting will also be joined by a group of accomplished musicians, comprised of Dominic Miller (Sting's longtime guitarist), Rhani Krija (Sting's longtime multi-genre percussionist), David Cossin (a multi-percussion specialist in new and experimental music and featured member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars), Jo Lawry (vocalist) and Ira Coleman (bassist).

The North American Symphonicity tour has taken the States by storm, with reviews capturing the spirit of the project and audience reaction thus far:

"... the real stars of the show were the arrangements: classical twists on classic hits that make Symphonicity a must-see." - Globe and Mail

"...  an all-star cast of arrangers reworked the songs, and time clearly had been spent making sure the pop musicians and orchestral players onstage would work together to create a genuinely hybrid sound."  - Los Angeles Times

 "Pairing Sting with the orchestra is brilliant synchronicity on multiple levels."-  Denver Post

"This is one of the must see concerts of the year." - New York Post

"I am looking forward to performing in New Zealand, having a whole new palate of musical colors to work with and reinventing the songs that have been the staples of my live shows for over thirty years," says Sting

To accompany Sting's world tour, Deutsche Grammophon recently released a companion CD, Symphonicities, to critical acclaim. Highlights include fan-favorites culled from The Police songbook such as "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", "Roxanne" and "Next To You," as well as songs from Sting's enduring solo career including "Englishman in New York," "I Burn for You," "Why Should I Cry for You" and "She's Too Good For Me," among many others.  Symphonicities is produced by Rob Mathes and Sting, and mixed by Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac) and Claudius Mittendorfer (Interpol, Franz Ferdinand). 

Sting's first venture into the classical realm began with the success of his #1 album "Songs from the Labyrinth,"  a lute-based interpretation of the music of 16th century composer John Dowland, released in 2006 on Deutsche Grammophon. After completing the enormously successful Police reunion world tour, Sting returned to pursue his passion for combining musical genres with his most recent release "If On A Winter's Night..." which debuted at #1 on Billboard's classical chart.

Prior to starting his solo career, Sting was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist of the rock music band The Police. As a solo musician and member of The Police, Sting has received 16 Grammy Awards, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, Billboard Magazine's Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year. He is also a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

 
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