(2/1) Renaissance are an English progressive rock band that rose from the ashes of the Yardbirds, with Annie Haslam and Michael Dunford joining at the dawn of the 1970s to define their work with folk rock and classical fusions, including quotations from/allusions to such composers as Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff.
The band is most notable for their 1978 UK top 10 hit "Northern Lights" and progressive rock classics like "Mother Russia" and "Ashes Are Burning."
Throughout the 70s/80s, progressive rock FM stations across the USA, such as WNEW (New York), WMMR (Philadelphia) and WHFS (DC), were turning America onto Renaissance, while the band was thrilling concertgoers on the world’s most distinguished stages, from Carnegie Hall in New York City to the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Records released throughout the 70s by Renaissance placed in the top-half of the Billboard Hot 100 Album Charts including Ashes Are Burning, Scheherazade and Other Stories, Live at Carnegie Hall and Novella, among others.
Led by Haslam and Dunford, the voice and principal songwriter of the band’s most popular lineup, Renaissance reunited in October 2009 to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The band embarked on a highly successful nine-city East Coast tour of theaters and performing arts centers which inspired them to consider additional
engagements for 2010. Joining Haslam and Dunford in the latest incarnation of Renaissance are keyboardist Rave Tesar and bassist-vocalist David J. Keyes, both of whom were previous members of Renaissance and the Annie Haslam Band, in addition to keyboardist-vocalist Tom Brislin Yes, Debbie Harry, Meat Loaf, Francis Dunnery) and
drummer-percussionist Frank Pagano (Bruce Springsteen, Smashing Pumpkins, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow). Together, these world class musicians are revisiting the symphonic textures, stunning vocals and poetic lyrics that embody the band’s haunting and compelling international themes, with fresh interpretations of the most admired compositions from
Renaissance’s most prolific period (1972-78).
Now, Renaissance begins an exciting new chapter, while honoring its beloved body of vintage work. Haslam and Dunford promise that the new six-piece lineup will perform the band's timeless classics with the same care with which the material was originally crafted, while utilizing technological advances to reproduce the
music's original symphonic textures like never before. They're also enthusiastic about introducing the music to a new generation of listeners as well as longtime fans.
"I'm thrilled to be performing these songs again, and to be performing them with Michael Dunford and a great group of musicians," Haslam states. "These songs are a big part of my life, so I'll be singing my heart out."
"We're very excited to be playing for American audiences again," adds Dunford. "With these great musicians, I'm expecting the songs to sound better than ever, and I'm looking forward to it with great anticipation."
We are so honored to have Renaissance perform at our 2010 festival.
- Renaissance Myspace site: http://www.myspace.com/renaissanceofficial
- Renaissance official Website: http://www.nlightsweb.com/
- Renaissance wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance_(band)
- Check out the band's bio - http://rosfest.com/Performers-2010/Renaissance.htm
For ticket information go to http://www.rosfest.com
- Regular seat tickets on sale February 6th.
- Regular seat tickets go on sale February 6th at 12 noon - Ticket price $111.00
- Friday night show case tickets - $45.00
Regular seat tickets go on sale February 6th at 12 noon through the Majestic Theater Box Office call (717) 337-8200.
Regular seat tickets may only be purchased on the Majestic Theater website or through the box office by calling (717) 337-8200, or in person at 25 Carlisle Street during box office hours (Sunday: 3-7:30PM, Monday-Saturday: 12 noon-7:30PM).
RoSfest is in its seventh year, with this year's event being held in the aptly named Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The festival takes place on April 30th, May 1st, and May 2nd, 2010.
- Renaissance - UK - USA
- Pendragon - UK Magic Pie - Norway
- Mystery - Canada - Gazpacho - Norway - Manning - UK - Ajalon - USA
- Von Hertzen Brothers - Finland - Unitopia - Australia - Dee Expus - UK
Gold seat tickets available until February 4th.
- Ticket price $245.00
- Friday night show case tickets - $45.00
To order Gold tickets call 484- 432-7357 - 816-769-1667
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