Colin Hunter and the Laval Symphony Orchestra Groove It Out at Parc des Prairies

Colin Hunter in the Courrier de Laval 
Courrier de Laval  – August 3rd 2017

 

 

 

About 2 300 spectators left the Laval Symphony Orchestra’s Ode to Hollywood concert with a grin on their face. On August 2nd, the lightning seen through the skies meshed perfectly with the thundering Star Wars soundtrack and perfectly followed Colin Hunter’s vocal tribute to Frank Sinatra greatest hits.

When noticing the threatening sky above (the rain did not last long), and right after Aaron Copland’s ballet, Appalachian Spring, which was the first piece of the evening, conductor Alain Trudel immediately decided to offer up John William’s famous score, which had originally been intended for the end of the show.

“The movie’s 40th anniversary is what inspired this concert, which was meant to give the audience a good ol’ time”, says maestro Alain Trudel.  “The show opened with classics from West Side Story andThe Sound of Music, which were followed by some famous Broadway tunes that have made it onto the big screen. ”

The audience was also treated to crooner Colin Hunter’s cover of Come Fly With MeMy Funny ValentineI’ve Got You Under My SkinFly Me to the Moon and the much beloved New York New York.

During this string of hits, people knew the tunes and kept looking at each other and whispering about how strongly similar Colin Hunter’s voice is to the legend himself, Sinatra.

“I always sang along to the radio. First, it was to Tony Bennett, then to the wonderful musical arrangements of Sinatra”, explains Colin Hunter, who also happens to be founder and Chairman  of Sunwing Travel Group, the well-known tour operator and airline.  I first started singing in 2005, during a presentation givento our Quebec agents.  After that, I became more serious about it and, tonight, it will be my first time with a professional symphony orchestra.  It will be a wonderful gift and an incredible experience! 

Hunter, a great admirer of the Rat Pack (Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra) often flies to Quebec to tour and pay vocal tribute to his idols. Just lately, he also got to climb on stage at the legendary Blue Note, in New York City.  In Laval, many will remember his performances at the House of Jazz, on De l’Avenir Boulevard.

“After a rehearsal for Pink Floyd’s The Wall opera, for which I was conducting the orchestra, I took my trombone and went to see Colin and his band, who were playing somewhere in Montreal,” says Alain Trudel.  I told him we were going to play together, just like in the good old days.  Mr. Hunter is a classy guy.  And he sounds so much like Sinatra! ”

Famous musician Lorraine Desmarais, who, in an impromptu replacement of the pianist originally intended to accompany Colin Hunter and the OSL during their songs, echoed the sentiment.

“I know Colin Hunter by reputation and it’s clear that his voice bears a striking resemblance to Sinatra’s,” says Desmarais. As it turns out, the jazz pianist will also be performing alongside her trio at Laval’s House of Jazz, on August 24th, for an evening dedicated to Bill Evans’ popular standards.  It will be a great pleasure to work with all these wonderful people. ”

There will be a second chance for the public to go to the concert. This showing will be held on Wednesday, August 9th, at La Berge aux Quatre-Vents, in the western part of Laval. This time, with no risk of thunderstorms.

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