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Renaissance @ The Concert Hall at NYSEC (9/17/2011)

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Artist: Renaissance
Venue: The Concert Hall at NYSEC (New York, NY)
Opener: n/a
Date: 9/17/2011
Label: Friday Music

It’s always a wonderful musical experience when one is able to catch the legendary Renaissance in concert and while I had grown up with many of their classic tunes it was not until a couple of years ago that I was finally able to enjoy them in the live sense. To catch people up on things, Renaissance is a band that was founded way back in 1969 but they would come to larger public popularity with a complete lineup change that took place in 1971. This became the quintessential Renaissance lineup and for years they impressed the senses with adventurous musical creativity that tastefully and successfully blended Progressive Rock with Classical Music like no other had ever heard. In today’s music realm the group has singer Annie Haslam and guitarist Michael Dunford from the classic lineup along with several other incredible musicians. Together they have become the newest incarnation of Renaissance and bring their material to new generations of fans. Tonight’s show was one of two select regional appearances and would find the group performing two of the most celebrated works in the Renaissance discography – the 1974 “Turn Of The Cards” and 1975’s “Scheherazade and Other Stories”. Needless to say my friend and I were very excited about this performance.
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Renaissance @ Concert Hall for the NY Society of Ethical Culture (10/9/2009)

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Artist: Renaissance
Venue: Concert Hall for the New York Society of Ethical Culture (New York, NY)
Opener: Jann Klose
Date: 10/9/2009
Label: Independent Artist

Celebrating the bands 40th anniversary, Annie Haslam, & Michael Dunford from the classic lineup of Renaissance would embark on a tour to bring their much loved Progressive Art Rock music to the masses. They would be joined by four other talented musicians and hit nine different venues along the East Coast to the delight of many. The show in New York City would be held at The Concert Hall, and feature singer/songwriter Jann Klose as their sole opening act. I’ve long appreciated the music of Renaissance and sadly was never able to catch them when they were at their zenith, so the chance to enjoy them in an intimate venue setting that was also new to me was one of those no-brainer decisions to make. I arrived early enough to see Jann whom I had heard about a number of times as well but never saw and doing so allowed me to better scope out this venue and mentally compare it to some of the others that I have seen concerts in. It was sure to be an evening of wonderful memories based on the sold out crowd and anticipation of hearing the music of Renaissance live after so many years.
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