|Saturday, November 2, 2013
Rama, Ontario, Canada ~ November 1, 2013 ~ Reflection by Linda Gianotti
There truly is something spiritual about seeing Roger Hodgson performing with an orchestra and choir. Watching this master poet playing his songs with the accompaniment of a full orchestra, choir, and his band is like being immersed in the most beautiful of experiences. The strings, horns, percussion, and all of the other instruments flowed with Roger’s angelic voice as if they were one. The choir was stunning and Roger’s band – Kevin, Bryan, Aaron, and David were phenomenal.
At the beginning of the show, Roger told his audience that there would be some surprises. Indeed there were. Roger performed his beauty, C’est le Bon, and dedicated it to a fan who had requested it. Other wonderful surprises were Death and a Zoo and Babaji. Even in the Quietest Moments had this writer in tears and Fool’s Overture was breathtaking.
Roger explains that his songs were written based on what was going on in his life at the time – whether it be joy, pain, or sadness. As always, each and every song throughout the concert was performed with passion. It was abundantly clear that each are personal pages from Roger's life.
Tonight before the show started I happened to ask a lady next to me if she had ever seen Roger in concert before. She said she had not but was really looking forward to it. After the concert, she made it a point to find me and she wanted to let me know that she had just seen one of the best concerts in her life. She was amazed at the range of emotions she felt during the show. Yes, we all experienced a spectrum of emotions tonight. Oh, and the lady who saw Roger for the first time tonight? She said that before the show was even over, she decided that she is coming back tomorrow, too.
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Having never had the opportunity to see Roger perform live before, I was eager with anticipation to finally get my chance. It was also my first experience with Casino Rama and it truly is a great place for such an event....not a bad seat in the house from what I could see. The sound was excellent and the experience of hearing a live orchestra perform rock n roll was amazing. I had read that Roger always thought this was the way his music should be performed.....amazing!
In this world we live it's sometimes smaller than you might think. Being a resident from Elora, Ontario, I was shocked to find out when Roger announced that the choir was none other than the Elora Festival Singers.
Roger said we we're in for a treat this evening and it was nothing less than spectacular. The audience was respectful and everyone was having a great time....even the fan who was waving his 10 year attendance sign. Roger made his even complete.....and the crowd was understanding.
Thanks for the excellent performance Roger. I look forward to the next tour through Canada.
I also never had the chance to see Roger perform before, I finally did so at Rama.
This was one of the most cherished experiences of my lifetime. The choir, the hard working band, the accuracy at which these songs were played too were amazing!!
From my all time favourite "School" through all the classics I was swept away in the beauty of these songs, moved to tears at times.
Thank you to Roger and the band for the show, and I look so forward to seeing you again!!