Thursday, May 6, 2010

Christopher Cross: Sailin' to Metro Courthouse

Posted by on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 12:24 PM

When most of you got word that downtown's Schermerhorn Symphony Center was waterlogged, was your initial reaction, "Oh my! What about the three-night stand soft-rock staple Christopher Cross — as accompanied by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra — had scheduled for this weekend ... is it still on?" Fear not, yacht rock youth and docker dads, while an obvious force majeure has forced the Schermerhorn to close its doors until next season, Christopher Cross' appearance has been moved, and to a rather unlikely venue: in front of the Metro Courthouse. Instead of three shows, there will now be only one, but its free — as "a special gift to the Nashville community," according to a press release received by the Scene, yesterday. The show gets under way — not water — this Friday (tomorrow) at 8 p.m. The first half of the show will feature resident NSO conductor, Albert-George Schram, leading his symph' through some "popular favorites" before Cross joins them for the second half of the concert. NSO President and CEO, Alan D. Valentine, said:

Music is what we do, and we wanted to present this concert, against all the odds and challenges, as a way to help people begin the healing process, as a way to help get our community on the road to recovery.

I had this to say about Cross in this week's captivating print edish:

“Yacht rock” — a colloquial term to describe the bygone adult contemporary sub-genre encapsulating artists like Michael McDonald, Loggins & Messina, Steely Dan and Toto — found its place in the pop-culture lexicon after a side-splitting mockumentary of the same name spread across the Internet like viral wildfire. As a result, today’s cocaine-addled hipsters are more familiar with the hits of Hall and Oates than they are with, say, The Clash, as the popularity of the series blindsided art and taste with a resurgence of ‘70s and ‘80s smooth vanilla jams. While back-handed appreciation may have helped expose “Sailing” singer Christopher Cross to a fresh new audience, though, nothing tests the strength of ironic fervor like ticket prices soaring up to $125, even if he is backed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. And since Cross’s brand of soft-rock balladeering still rocks a little too hard for the Cheekwood set, that brings us full circle, leaving only the middle-aged of Middle Tennessee. If that means you, then slip on the Dockers and come bask in the sonic sauna when Albert-George Schram & Co. use their philharmonic precision to enhance the majesty of “Arthur’s Theme.”

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