Early in the nearly two-hour set, Buble delivered his own hit from 2010, Havent Met You Yet, and later introduced a recent single, Close Your Eyes, both co-written with his longtime arranger Alan Chang. The latter tune had lyrical lines such as If my love is blind I dont want to see the light over a fluffy, irresistible arrangement that recalled Air Supply and other 70s soft-rock smashes. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas But his setlist was, as expected, dominated by classic hits, evergreen pop of the sort that turns up on American Idol season after season. Stuff so great that Michael Bolton, perhaps the last cover artist to achieve the level of commercial success Buble has, could hit the charts belting em out. Among the highlights: Van Morrisons Moondance, Feeling Good, most famously recorded by Nina Simone, and the Bee Gees To Love Somebody. And the night featured several smooth, if unsurprising, Frank Sinatra interludes, such as You Make Me Feel So Young, Got the World on a String and a Latin-tinged Come Dance With Me. Like Sinatra, Buble rarely goes for high or low notes, preferring an unmodulated, almost monotone delivery that stays out of the way of the melody. Yet, as the Rolling Stones once wrote and sang, its the singer, not the song. Bubles a fabulous entertainer, with a skill set that seems destined to take him to an extended engagement at a Las Vegas casino. His charm was as much a part of the festivities as the familiar melodies. He oozes sweetness like only a Canadian can. Before covering Otis Reddings Try a Little Tenderness, he accepted a teensy Washington Capitals onesie from a fan for his newborn son as if it was the greatest gift ever given, to anyone. He fawned over his band, dubbed Team Buble, with each member of the large horn section getting plenty of time under the spotlight and a personal stats page flashed on the arenas big video screens, the sort of treatment the Toronto Maple Leafs might get at the beginning of a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. The Sensitive Guy persona and simple vocal stylings didnt enhance all his offerings.
Singing celebration — Concert offers tribute to Verdi, Wagner
Osinchuk will give program notes live to the audience during the concert, to share more about the pieces. Itll be a really fun program and so people should come and hear something that they will most likely enjoy, and learn something new, she said. Listeners could learn, for instance, about the two different styles of these very different composers, and perhaps learn which they like better. Or not. Osinchuk, for one, doesnt pick favorites. I must say, as composers, I loved Verdi from the very beginning, but Wagner, since I have listened to a lot more of Wagner in recent years, I have become a great fan of his, as well. Theyre very different. To say which one you like better is like saying you prefer oranges or apples. They are both equally wonderful and very different, she said. Happy Birthday Verdi and Wagner is the first concert of the Performing Arts Societys 2013-14 season. Following will be Philadelphia Brass on Jan. 11, Sitka Summer Music Festival Musicians Feb.