Sting announces summer tour with orchestra

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Sting will embark on a world tour this summer with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. The tour, which will find Sting performing his most celebrated songs re-imagined for symphonic arrangement, will make its way to Massachusetts for a show at the Comcast Center in Mansfield on Thursday, July 29. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $30 to $125, go on sale Monday, March 15 at 10 a.m. through Live Nation.

The special tour with the London-based Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, which is often nicknamed “Britain’s national orchestra” and will be conducted this summer by Maestro Steven Mercurio, is the latest in series of projects Sting has done with classical music. Sting’s foray into the classical realm began with the crossover success of his #1 album Songs from the Labyrinth,  a lute-based interpretation of the music of 16th century composer John Dowland, released in 2006. Last year, after completing the enormously successful Police reunion tour, he released the holiday album album If On A Winter’s Night…., which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s classical albums chart. Sting has also performed with the Chicago and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras. 

“Performing with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra was truly a highlight of my career,” recalled Sting in a press release. “I’m delighted by this new opportunity to tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and reinterpret the songs I’ve been playing for many years.”

For this tour, Sting will draw from a wealth of material, both with The Police and his later solo albums. Selections will include fan-favorites such as “Roxanne,” “Next To You,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” and “Every Breath You Take,” to notable songs from Sting’s enduring solo career – “Englishman in New York,” “Fragile,” “Russians,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” “Fields of Gold,” and “Desert Rose.”  

In addition to the 45-piece orchestra, Sting will also be joined by a quartet comprised of longtime guitarist Dominic Miller, percussionist David Cossin, vocalist Jo Lawry and bassist Ira Coleman.

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