Show artwork for KINGS OF SOUL
PNC Pops

KINGS OF SOUL

{{ vm.availability_status }}
Buy Tickets

KINGS OF SOUL

Friday, May 6—Sunday, May 8, 2022

Friday, May 6—Sunday, May 8, 2022
Orchestra Hall
2 hours

Jeff Tyzik showcases legendary artists Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, James Brown, Otis Redding, The Temptations, Al Green, and others in an evening of soulful rhythms. Relive hits such as "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," "Try A Little Tenderness," "You Make Me Feel Brand New," and "I Only Have Eyes For You."

Artists

Jeff Tyzik

conductor

Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America’s most innovative and sought-after pops conductors. Tyzik is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. In addition to his role as Principal Pops Conductor of the DSO, Tyzik holds The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor’s Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and also serves as principal pops conductor of the Oregon Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Rochester Philharmonic – a post he has held for 23 seasons.

Frequently invited as a guest conductor, Tyzik has appeared with the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Milwaukee Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In May 2007, the Harmonia Mundi label released his recording of works by Gershwin with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and the RPO, which stayed in the Top 10 on the Billboard classical chart for over three months. Alex Ross of the New Yorker called it “one of the snappiest Gershwin discs in years.”

Committed to performing music of all genres, Tyzik has collaborated with such diverse artists as Megan Hilty, Chris Botti, Matthew Morrison, Wynonna Judd, Tony Bennett, Art Garfunkel, Dawn Upshaw, Marilyn Horne, Arturo Sandoval, The Chieftains, Mark O’Connor, Doc Severinsen, and John Pizzarelli. He has created numerous original programs that include the greatest music from jazz and classical to Motown, Broadway, film, dance, Latin, and swing. Tyzik holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. For more information, visit jefftyzik.com.

Chester Gregory

vocalist

Chester Gregory "C.H.E.S.S." is emerging on the scene with his critically acclaimed hit The Doppler Effect (It's me), which already earned a GRAMMY consideration. This power ballad equates the result of the doppler effect to the plight of relationships. "Colors are changing but I'm still remaining, the person I have to be." Sonically, his style is a fusion of New Vintage Pop/Soul. A blend of modern sounds, with a classic approach; resulting in songs that have been described as timeless. This charismatic artist has already collaborated with many greats in the industry and is well-known for his stellar vocals and rousing stage presence. He is often a crowd favorite wherever he performs.

Darren Lorenzo

vocalist

Darren Lorenzo is a veteran performer, hailing straight from Atlanta, Georgia. Darren has appeared in numerous productions both nationally and internationally. He received his B.A. in Mass Communications at Clark Atlanta University and further trained with Broadway Theatre Project at the University of South Florida, and with Theatre Emory of Emory University. He has wowed audiences with roles on Cruise Ships; in Vegas; multiple regional, off Broadway, Broadway, national, and international touring productions of After Midnight, Vegas the Show, Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever, Madagascar, Smokey Joes Cafe, No Strings, Fosse, Hair, Tony and Tina's Wedding, Once on This Island, What The World Needs Now, and several gospel tours throughout Europe. In addition to acting and singing, he also works as a writer, producer, teacher, director and performs with various club date and corporate Top 40, R&B/Soul and Jazz bands. 

Michael Lynche

vocalist

American Idol Michael Lynche is a new breed of soul singer with completely classic influences. Traces of Donny Hathaway, Al Green, Luther Vandross, Sam Cooke and James Brown all seem to flash in this uniquely talented performer. Undeniable charisma, well-crafted song arrangements and a voice soaked in soul give the big man class all his own. "Big Mike"—as he was known while winning over the hearts of a nation during his stint on American Idol—has talent so versatile, he’s played intimate jazz & blues clubs, 20,000 seat arenas and opera halls with 100-piece orchestras backing him. Through it all "Big Mike" has always had one singular goal: to spread a message of love wherever he goes.

A New York City resident for the last 10 years, this Florida native rose from obscurity as a finalist on season 9 of the hit phenomenon, American Idol. After wowing millions of fans on American Idol with his comforting and powerful voice and performing throughout the United States as part of the American Idol LIVE! Tour, Big Mike has released 2 studio albums, toured as an opening act for Boyz II Men, Lalah Hathaway, Faith Evans, and Lyfe Jennings and recently took his show overseas for the first time to headline a tour of the Mediterranean.

Since 2012, Big Mike has been a frequent featured guest vocalist with Maestro Jeff Tyzik and his hit show — "Let’s Dance!". With the perfect repertoire to showcase his dynamic song range, "Let’s Dance!" has been performed with orchestras all over the US and Canada, including the Dallas Symphony, Utah Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra — where Michael also was the 2016 New Year’s Eve Special featured vocalist.

Tyzik has been an incredible mentor for Michael over the years, recognizing a passion and drive in the big man that has made his own career successful. The two have spent the last 2 ½ years collaborating on a new, sensational soul revue entitled "R&B Legends." Truly a lifetime in the making, "R&B Legends" follows "Big Mike's" journey and coming of age through soul music with songs of some of the most iconic R&B/Soul singers of all time.

"Big Mike" comes with an inspirational story and a searing, soulful, one-of-a-kind voice. He leaves you breathless and wanting more when the night is over. This extraordinary vocal talent seamlessly fuses classic R&B, thoroughly modern urban grooves, and swoon-worthy vintage soul into a fresh, unique sound. Big, yes—and beautiful, too; Michael Lynche makes music that’s unforgettable.

Performances

Choose a performance from the dates below

{{ item.display_day }}, {{ item.display_month }} {{ item.display_date }}

{{ item.facility }} at {{ item.display_time }}

{{ item.facility }}

On Sale
Limited Availability
Sold Out
Buy tickets
{{ badge.name }}

{{ item.display_day }}, {{ item.display_month }} {{ item.display_date }}

{{ item.facility }} at {{ item.display_time }}

{{ item.facility }}

Limited Availability
Sold Out
{{ badge.name }}

SUBSCRIBE TO THE PNC POPS SERIES

Packages start at just $133

SUBSCRIBE

Big dreams, big talent, big-statured and big-hearted. ”

—Melody Charles, SoulTracks (of Michael Lynche)
Artwork for Orchestra Hall
Presented at
Orchestra Hall
3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI
Venue Information

HEAR THE POSSIBILITIES

$

Your generous gift makes world-class music at the DSO possible, fueling the community connections, life-changing education and captivating programming that impacts more than 500,000 people a year!

Recommended For You