MSO’s annual pops concert features music of the Eagles

lshirley@macon.comJanuary 17, 2014 

Windborne Productions’ “Music of the Eagles” will bring together rock musicians and the Macon Symphony Orchestra.

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Vocalist Terry Brock is issuing a challenge to Middle Georgia fans of the Eagles to come to the Macon Symphony Orchestra’s pops concert at the City Auditorium on Saturday and try to top the audience last weekend in Corpus Christi, Texas.

“Corpus Christi was one of the liveliest crowds we’ve seen yet. They jumped on it at the start and stayed with it. They set the bar pretty high for crowd participation, but I think my home state will do even better,” he said, adding that his Perry-native father has organized a reunion of sorts, bringing in family and friends from his hometown as well as Atlanta, where Brock is from.

Macon Symphony CEO Sheryl Towers thinks the crowd will meet Brock’s expectations.

“The annual January pops concert has been a hugely popular event for over 20 years,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for the musicians to play alongside pop artists, and the community loves it.”

Windborne Productions’ “Music of the Eagles” will bring seven musicians (vocalists, bass and guitar players and a drummer), a guest conductor and a three-person crew to join the MSO for the performance, said Brent Havens, show creator and executive producer. Eagles fans can expect to hear favorites from the albums “Hotel California,” “Desperado,” “One of These Nights” and more.

“Their music is so rich in chord structure and five-part vocal harmonies. It translates really well to an orchestra,” Havens said. “Terry has a special voice for this music; he can do it just like those guys, like they used to sing it.”

Brock has performed as a vocalist for the bands Kansas, Strangeways and LeRoux, among many others, and has done vocals for more than 100 commercials as well. He said he is very excited to be performing the hits of the Eagles.

“You can’t beat ‘Hotel California’ or ‘Take It to the Limit,’ ones that are orchestral. But ‘Wasted Time’ is just a showstopper; it gives me goose bumps every night I get to perform it,” he said. “The big ballads with the big symphonic arrangements are incredible and really fun for me.”

Havens said the show is a little more relaxed than the “Music of Michael Jackson,” which he brought to Macon last year for the pops concert.

“The audience can expect a similar type of thing, with a little more of that ‘peaceful, easy feeling’ the Eagles have. I was amazed when I started listening to their catalog; every tune I listened to, I knew. It’s amazing how versatile the music is, how much they put together in terms of their catalog,” Havens said.

Doors for the concert open at 6 p.m. for dinner and socializing for those with table seating and the music and dancing begin at 7:30 p.m., Towers said.

“It’s a really special show,” Brock said. “The audience will not be disappointed.”

Macon Symphony Orchestra’s January Pops

When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18

Where: City Auditorium, 415 First St.

Cost: $17 balcony seats

Information: 478-301-5300; www.maconsymphony.com

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