Last night in São Paulo, Jon Lord performed a free concert as part of the city’s Virada Cultural festival. The concert took place in a large square on one of São Paulo’s main streets in front of thousands of viewers.
Folha Online has a report with Jon Lord performing the Concerto, interviews with the crowd and people watching from their windows (click photo).
Together with the Orquestra Sinfonica Municipal conducted by Rodrigo de Carvalho, Jon Lord performed these pieces:
Concerto For Group And Orchestra
Wait a While
Pictures of Home
Soldier of Fortune
Child in Time
Listen to a sample of the Concerto in this clip (after 2 min).
‘It was great, just great,’ writes local reporter Marcelo Soares.
‘The organ was mixed louder than the other instruments, and Jon was really inspired. Many in the audience had never heard about Jon Lord or Deep Purple, but were stunned by the piece. Others travelled huge distances just to have this chance to see him – which was very unexpected since he left Deep Purple.’
One guy came from Paraguay, 22 hours by bus, just to watch the concert. Others came from Rio, 5 hours by bus.
Jon Lord was interviewed for MTV Brazil, where he talks about the story behind the concerto.
‘It’s the story of the love of a young man – which I was at the time- with classical music and rock music,’ explains Jon Lord.
Lord also comments on the joys of his post-Purple career – he can play whatever he wants, with whomever he wants, even with Purple – and compares his post-Purple career to Ritchie Blackmore’s post-Purple career.
Jon Lord thinks Blackmore is braver than him, because Blackmore’s Night is more niche-specific than Lord’s music.
The interview will air on MTV Brazil Tuesday May 5 at 9.30pm (-3 GMT), and it might include footage of Jon Lord rehearsing Soldier of Fortune.
Thanks to Marcelo Soares.