View snapshots from Jon Lord’s rehearsals in Palermo, Italy in late April in this extensive photo gallery.
All photos are © Fotografati.it
Thanks to Salvatore.
Together with the Orchestra Sinfonica V. Bellini di Palermo conducted by M° Carmelo Caruso, Jon performed Concerto for Group and Orchestra and a selection of solo and Deep Purple material.
He was joined onstage by Kasia Łaska on vocals, Anna Phoebe on violin, and local band Flower Stone (Rocco Tarantino, vocals; Massimo Avellone, guitar; Valter R. Iannuzzi, drums; and Andrea Marchello, bass).
The second half of the concert featured pieces from Jon’s solo career as well as a few Deep Purple songs.
Singer Kasia Łaska kindly sent this selection of excellent onstage photos:
Jon Lord has reached a new level with his efforts to merge modern rhythmical music with the orchestral world. This became apparent Saturday night at Budapest‘s Béla Bartók National Concert Hall. The musical gods smiled down on a near-sold out Hungarian audience as they witnessed the world premiere of Jon Lord’s reworked Sarabande suite performed in full.
And quite fitting it is too that Lord would premiere this exact work here, inspired as it is largely by traditional music from this part of the world. With him onstage were local Deep Purple tribute band Cry Free and the Györ Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Márton Rácz. With Kasia Łaska as Jon Lord’s mainstay female vocalist and Attila Scholtz as stand-in for Steve Balsamo on male voice, it was a very strong lineup.
So let’s go back and relive that magical night.
Jon Lord photographed onstage at Luxembourg’s Square Guillaume II (Knuedler) on June 23 – with Kasia Laska, Doogie White and the Opus78 orchestra. Click below to see full gallery.
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‘Ukraine Palace is a huge and very beautiful venue, and the welcome that Kiev gave to Jon Lord was loud and warm-hearted. What amazed me most this time is Jon Lord’s will and ability to play and live his music as if this concert is the first and the last for him at the same time. It’s really incredible, it’s such an honour and a pleasure to witness.