Thursday, July 15, 2004

Elton at Radio City Music Hall

Yesterday's Radio City Music Hall Elton John gala is described thusly by the merry few at Fashionweekdaily:

"Tuesday night, it was all about Elton. The concert opened with the music man seated at his piano on stage with an impressive 99-piece symphony orchestra and 62-voiced choir assembled behind him. John, dressed in a black suit with floral embellishments on the right sleeve, performed for over two hours to a packed audience that included such New York luminaries as Cynthia and Dan Lufkin, Eva Dillon, Bettina Zilkha, Howard Sobel, Amanda Hearst, Lauren, Sharon, and Ashley Bush."

The very cool David Patrick Columbia gets existential in NY Social Diary:

"Throughout the 70s as I was already grown up, but coming of age, the Elton John songs served as commentary, background, emotional reflections of that time, my age, our age. I never tired of him, of his delivery, his style; never tired of any of his material, especially those songs through the 1970s. When everything went CD, I started collecting him all over again.

"Last night at Radio City Hall, I saw him (playing to a packed house) for the first time live in concert at a benefit he did for the Royal Academy of Music (where he was a scholarship student) and the Juilliard School of Music at Lincoln Center. He was accompanied by his band and the symphony orchestras of both schools. And he played and played and played. Tirelessly, he took us through a selection of his vast library of work. After forty-three years of performing all over the world 55 times at Madison Square Garden, this is his first time at Radio City Music Hall. (He has four more shows there through the weekend).

"It was a rich evening for this writer, wrapped in the memories of growing up with Elton John?s songs."

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