With her skinny jeans and a guitar, alt-country/pop singer Brandi Carlile took center stage at Boettcher Concert Hall Saturday night. Hers was one in a series of concerts featuring the CSO during the 2010 calendar year.
“This is one of my most favorite things to do in life!” Carlile told the crowd in reference to being backed by the symphony. “I’m probably enjoying this more than anyone in the audience.”
And it showed. During song breaks you would find her bounding around the stage, her long brown curls bouncing around her cheeks.
Outside of her country tendencies, Carlile’s belting growl on her signature anthem “The Story” was matched only by the rumbling of tympanies and the crashing of cymbals. The songs she delivers are methodic and well-ironed; the arrangements flawless. However, with the exception of her cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and her upbeat Orbison-esque “Dreams,” her original music can tend to be a bit sleepy.
The beauty of the symphony may just be the status that comes when it rolls off the tongue that you are attending. Pairing pop stars with the multitude of talented musicians in the symphony is a great way for people who might normally not attend to get an introduction, and Boettcher Concert Hall is as beautifully visual as the music it holds. These shows are truly unlike any other concert experience that can be found in Denver.
Evan Semón is a Denver freelance photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.
Shawn Parker is a Denver-based freelance photographer and web developer.