THE SYMPHONY POPS SHOWSince February of 1992, Flash Cadillac has been performing rock and roll in a Symphony Pops setting. It all started in Colorado Springs with CSSO conductor/music director Chris Wilkins. We didn't know how successful this new collaboration would be at first, but it turned out to be so successful that in July of 1992 we did a live recording at the Broadmoor Hotel. The result is our "Night at the Symphony" CD.
By 1994 the idea had caught on and we were playing with orchestras all over the country. Classic rock and roll with classical orchestras had become a mainstay of our live performances. With the knowledge and experience we were gaining, we added arrangements that got more and more out of the orchestra. It was really becoming what we had always hoped for-- the world's largest rock and roll band. The symphony players complemented us on the charts because they were challenging and interesting. They enjoyed being part of the show rather than simply providing a halo for the pops performer.
We've played in the concert halls, outdoor venues and dances with cabaret seating. They all work differently, but they all work! Now we have played over a hundred symphony dates in almost every state with orchestras large, medium and small. Such as: Atlanta, San Antonio, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Illinois, Wyoming, South Dakota, Columbus, Indianapolis, Springfield MA, Little Rock, Evansville, Portland ME, Portland OR, Knoxville, Jacksonville, Wilmington DE, Phoenix, Hartford, Long Beach etc.
We continue to add new arrangements to the show. Lately we have added "I Only Have Eyes for You" and the original song "Surfing Down Broadway". A typical night's playlist looks something like this:
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