NEW YORK, NY (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Live Nation announced that Sting,
accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, will embark on a world tour this
summer. The tour will find Sting performing his most celebrated songs re-imagined for symphonic
arrangement. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be conducted by Maestro Steven
Mercurio (Pavarotti, Bocelli).
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 greatest hits will be reinterpreted with brand new orchestrations created especially for
this tour. Selections will include fan-favorites such as “Roxanne,” “Next To You,” “Every Little
Thing She Does Is Magic” 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.”
Presented in a variety of settings, the tour begins June 2 in Vancouver and then travels to numerous
cities across North America, other territories throughout the UK and Europe to follow soon.
Never afraid to blaze the path of new musical territory, Sting’s foray into the classical realm began
with the crossover 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 uniting musical genres with his most recent release "If On A Winter's Night…" which
debuted at #1 on Billboard's classical chart and remains there.
Sting’s interest in collaborating with an orchestra began in 2008 following an invitation to perform
with the legendary Chicago Symphony Orchestra. After reworking selections from his expansive
catalog, he and several members of his longtime band joined the orchestra in a performance that left
an indelible mark on Sting. Eager to explore the possibilities of further symphonic collaboration,
Sting was excited when the Philadelphia Orchestra asked him to join them in commemoration of the
153rd anniversary of the Academy of Music.
“Performing with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra was truly a highlight of my
career. I’m delighted by this new opportunity to tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and reinterpret
the songs I’ve been playing for many years,” commented Sting.
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra has previously performed with internationally renowned artists ranging from opera luminaries Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Kiri Te
Kanawa and the late Luciano Pavarotti to popular cultural icons including Burt Bacharach, George
Benson, Michel Legrand, Diana Krall, Tina Turner and Randy Newman. The 45-piece orchestra will
be featured on all North American concert dates of the tour.
Sting will also be joined by a quartet comprised of Dominic Miller (Sting’s longtime guitarist), 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 tour is promoted by Live Nation and produced by RZO Entertainment, Inc. in association with
Universal Music Classical Management & Productions.
June 2 -Vancouver – Centre For the Performing Arts
June 9 – Denver – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 15 – Los Angeles – Hollywood Bowl
July 17 & 18 – Chicago – Ravinia Festival
Additional dates and venues to soon be announced
–by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers