WASHINGTON, IL -- Spectacular is the appropriate word for the Heartland Festival Orchestra's final concert of the season, on May 26 at Five Points Washington.
Roll over, Beethoven. This concert featured only music from the Bond films, and a few numbers influenced by the Bond music. To hear these familiar pieces played by a big orchestra with a big lush sound was amazing. They are actually classical/jazz fusion pieces.
The music included the Pink Panther, You Only Live Twice, Moonraker, Peter Gunn, Goldfinger -- and many others.
Then there was the gorgeous soloist Rachel York, a Broadway song stylist, sexy in many great gowns and outfits, expressive, perfect as the Bond girl for the event.
This was an amazing concert for a classical orchestra but it worked beautifully. Adding to the fun was local TV personality/weather guy Chuck Collins, who is a Bond expert. He amused the audience with a brief talk about the films and their music.
Of course the evening ended with a standing ovation then an encore, Skyfall, the Bond piece that won a Grammy and an Academy Award.
The music dates from the 1960s, and holds up well, likely to live on as good music does. It was solid enough for a complete concert that the audience loved. Surprising and incredible.
-- Elaine Hopkins