Saturday, September 16, 2017

Concert Review: 2Cellos Bring More Than Just The Classics To The Oakdale Theatre

When you hear that the music duo, 2Cellos is coming in concert, you would probably expect a classical ensemble with strings, a horn section and brass. So, when 2Cellos made their way to the Toyota Presents The Oakdale Theatre, one would think that the crowd would consist of men in suits and women in dresses, but the eclectic crowd of both young and old had their rock concert attire flowing. Many of the evening's younger fans may have recognized 2Cellos from their appearance on the hit TV show "Glee," while others know them for their range of performing rock music in a classical setting. Although, Luka Sulic (one of the 2Cellos) made a comment that this was "not a classical concert."

2Cellos are currently on tour, promoting their latest album "The Score," which features popular scores from some of the biggest movies of all time. The duo walked out on stage to a roaring applause and immediately broke down the barrier between artists and the audience by inviting fans to scream and applaud for their favorite songs. The first half of the show consisted of themes from movies like "The Godfather" and "Rain Man," with the biggest applause arriving for "My Heart Will Go On" (from "Titanic).

As the evening slowly built up to the rock portion of the show, Stjepan Hauser (the other member of 2Cellos) mentioned that this first half of the show was "for the ladies" and that these songs from famous movies sound "better on cello than the originals." After the pulsating sonic rhythm of "Mombasa," 2Cellos and their orchestra dove right into the theme from "Game Of Thrones." Then quickly followed that up with a sped up version of their break-through cover of the Michael Jackson single "Smooth Criminal."

With the help of their drummer, Dusan Kranjc and his electrifying drum solo, 2Cellos entered the hard rock portion of their show, getting the audience up on their feet with AC/DC covers "Thunderstruck" and "You Shook Me All Night Long." Fans were encouraged to sing along to the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," before closing their set with another AC/DC standout, "Back In Black."

The encore found the duo combining their love of classical music ("William Tell Overture") with their love of heavy metal (Iron Maiden's "The Trooper). The speed at which these two performers would play at was astonishing. They would also please the young fans in the audience with their covers of modern hits like "Wake Me Up" (Avicii) and "Despacito" (Luis Fonsi), before finishing the night with a lullabye of U2's "With Or Without You." A night with the 2Cellos duo will definitely change your mind about the musical instrument and about classical music in general as they continue their evolution of breaking the barriers between different music genres.

Setlist: Theme From Chariots Of Fire, Love Theme From The Godfather, Moon River, Theme From Rain Man, Love Story, My Heart Will Go On, Now We Are Free, Mombasa, Theme From Game Of Thrones, Smooth Criminal, Thunderstruck, Smells Like Teen Spirit, You Shook Me All Night Long, Highway To Hell, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, Back In Black
Encore: The Trooper, Wake Me Up, Despacito, With Or Without You

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