The Houston Symphony will celebrate the massive pop music contributions of Prince at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15, with a performance of his iconic and eclectic smash hits, complete with a full rock band and lead vocalist.
The orchestra will be joined by guest conductor Brent Havens, a Berklee-trained arranger and conductor who has written music for orchestras, films and TV, vocalist Marshall Charloff, front man for The Purple Xperience, and the same band that brought The Music of Led Zeppelin and The Music of Queen to audiences across the country.
Charloff will bring the groundbreaking artist’s greatest hits to life by imaginatively styling the magic of Prince’s talent with his appearance, vocal imitation and multi-instrumental prowess on guitar, piano, bass and drums. He is a celebrated producer and recording artist and has performed on many stages across the U.S.
The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.
THE MUSIC OF PRINCE
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Brent Havens, conductor
Marshall Charloff, vocalist
Tickets from $55
About the Houston Symphony
During the 2017-18 season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its fourth season with Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada, and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony, one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas, held its inaugural performance at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $33.9 million, the full-time ensemble of 88 professional musicians presents nearly 170 concerts annually, making it the largest performing arts organization in Houston. Additionally, musicians of the orchestra and the Symphony’s four Community-Embedded Musicians offer over 900 community-based performances each year, reaching thousands of people in Greater Houston. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.
About Brent Havens
Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS and ABC Family Channel Network, commercials, sports music for networks such as ESPN and even cartoons. Havens has also worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale attended by over 150,000 fans. He has worked with some of the world’s greatest orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic and countless others. Havens has conducted the Malaysian Philharmonic the past four years with our Music of Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Music of U2 shows.
Havens recently completed the score for the film “Quo Vadis,” a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film. In 2013 he worked with the Baltimore Symphony and the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens to arrange and produce the music for the Thanksgiving Day halftime show between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, adapting both classical music and rock songs into a single four minute show. Havens is Arranger/Guest Conductor for fourteen symphonic rock programs including the Music of Led Zeppelin, the Music of the Doors, the Music of Pink Floyd, the Music of the Eagles, the Music of Queen, the Music of Michael Jackson, the Music of The Who, The Music of Whitney Houston, the Music of The Rolling Stones, the Music of U2, Music of Journey, the Music of Elton John, the Music of David Bowie and the Music of Prince! Havens also premiered a full orchestral show for Lou Gramm, The Voice of Foreigner with Lou singing out front.
About Marshall Charloff
Marshall Charloff, front man for The Purple Xperience, imaginatively styles the magic of Prince’s talent in an uncannily unmatched fashion with his appearance, vocal imitation, and multi-instrumental capacity on guitar, piano, bass and drums. Marshall Charloff taught himself to play the guitar at the age of 15 and later taught himself the piano, bass, and drums. He is a celebrated producer and recording artist, skills that paved the way for Marshmallow Fields, a 1990s production team consisting of Marshall, Grammy winner John Fields (The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, and Switchfoot), and Steven “Funkytown” Greenberg. Their single charted on the Billboard Top 100 dance charts and is still in rotation amongst DJs around the country. Although Charloff and Fields shared co- production credits, the release was executive produced by Steven Greenberg.
Marshmallow Fields’s credits include production and writing credits for Grammy Award winners The Commodores, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Little Anthony and the Imperials, and multi-platinum selling Lipps Inc. just to name a few. Marshall also wrote the song “Don’t Rock It”, which is on the Commodores XX album released in 1993 and for which he also appears as a producer and arranger.
His latest two recordings are on the album “94 East” featuring Prince, on which Marshall appears on keyboards and bass guitar, and, in 2009, on his self- produced single “Cougars”, which has had notable success on iTunes and was on the soundtrack of feature film “Thieves Like Us”.
On the national platform, he has played rooms all over the U.S including Las Vegas and L.A. In 2009, Marshall teamed up with Doctor Fink from Prince and the Revolution and Pepe Willie from the band 94 East to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame benefit concert. On the same bill were Cheap Trick, Atlanta Rhythm Section, and the Georgia Satellites. Most recently, Marshall performed for seven years as one of the country’s most sought after dueling piano players as one-half of The Funkeys, in which he garnered a strong following as one of the nation’s best Prince impersonators as well as for his ability to wow audiences and leave them wanting more. Marshall’s latest album release entitled Marsha11 Eleven, is available now on iTunes and at Marshallcharloff.com