Lisa Puto from Cleveland, Ohio
I am writing this review as I was unsure to attend. I need reviews online to really gave me insight. SO! I give it a 5 for sure! If you are on the edge- go! The musicians were excellent! Any true Prince “Love” that has been to Prince’s concerts would say it was amazing and at the same time would be slightly unfair & judge too. The acoustics/microphone strained to magnify the musician’s unbelievable talent the way Prince did. When the concert started I became teary eyed and chuckled at myself as I realized I started comparing it to Prince's concerts & sound. I imagined Prince at rehearsal saying "No no no ~we need to fix this sound a bit before we go on the road.” It is not easy to play for Prince! I was in the 6th row in a very intimate setting & I could not see the sax, trumpets, French horns, key board, drummer. I was hoping they would be up on the screen a bit -but then I stopped myself & thought ~ok- maybe they are being discreet & Prince loved to show his musicians off – so there I went again & had to stop myself. If you purchase an upper mezzanine front row seat you will see all of the musicians perfectly- I highly recommend that. To answer the negative comments/reviews about the Purple Rain ending with bad pictures/video. I think the Prince estate blurred it on purpose – not sure why. (Note to Questlove -Stevie Nicks did an amazing Prince Tribute hologram pictures at her concert, maybe the Estate will approve using it). I am sure Questlove did not have much say on what the estate gave him. I loved the ending! I was too busy paying attention to the musicians and music. Thank you for your music selection Questlove- on point! I absolutely loved the choice of music. This was the first time I have been able to bring myself to attend anything since Prince passed April 21, 2016. I did not want a tribute, copycat, half of him or something not up to “Par”- I was afraid I would “ugly cry “the whole time or leave in” deep disappointment”. I did not! The instrumentalists were heart felt and they wanted us to celebrate Prince & not be sad for our deep deep loss. We all know Prince was not done yet and he had amazing things to do, give and create for us. I felt he was there with us shaking his head and I know I was having a beautiful time! I felt deeply connected to the artists on the stage by the end of the show. I even wore my 1998 lilac purple gown with silk velour flower overlay and purple silk shoes. My son had a classic purple shirt on. 😊 I can tell you my 17-year-old son was my date and he loved it. I just a little 14-year-old girl who already loved” Little Red Corvette” & “I Wanna Be Your Lover” when “When Doves Cry “came out 34 years ago. Right then I made the real connection to who he was & that was it for me! Will never be anyone else like Prince! No other! Thank you to each & every one of the musicians & Questlove who gave me this night. I really hope you are having a beautiful time! Thank you for your Lovely gift.
CONNIE QUALLS from Chicago, Illinois
PRINCE SYMPHONY CONCERT IN CHICAGO
THE SHOW WAS GREAT. THE MUSICIAN WERE OUTSTANDING. I REALLY ENJOYED MYSELF. IT JUST SHOWED HIS MUSIC WILL NEVER DIE. IT WAS NICE TO SEE PEOPLE FROM ALL AGE GROUPS THERE. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE ORCHESTRA ANOTHER TIME.
from Chicago, Illinois
Prince fans will NOT be disappointed! We danced and sung as if Prince performed it himself. The talent of this orchestra is unparallel.
Christopher Tracy from Richmond, Virginia
It was a fantastic show. The video production could be better but that's not why anyone went.
JillNPG from Chicago, Illinois
MY FIRST PRINCE-RELATED EVENT SINCE 2016...
I was very reluctant to attended this event because I'm still in pain from Prince's untimely departure. My good friends (thanks Keeta and Ella) convinced me to go and I am now glad that I did. Musically, it was superb...how could anyone go wrong with a catalog like Prince's to chose from. I do wish they could have performed songs from the last decades of his life. I would have like to have given this review 5-star rating but the sound from the Chicago Theater was bad (not in a good way) and the supporting video/screen captures could have been presented better. But for a longtime (and 4Ever) admire of Prince the symphony touched my soul. I needed this! If the Symphony come to your town , GO!
J Redd from Cleveland, Ohio
I enjoyed the music and the band was fabulous. I was hoping for songs from musicology. Maybe next time. I believe Prince was smiling down from heaven.
Longtime fan from Boston, Massachusetts
ENJOYED VERY MUCH
It was a great show. Best to think of it as an interpretation of his music and definitely not cover band type of performance. I share the disappointment in the video. There wasn’t enough of them for my liking and I didn’t understand why some of them were so blurry. Perhaps that was not planned? The audio could have been better, as well. Some tracks appeared to be layered over another. All in all, a great performance with excellent musicians.
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