- Brent Havens conducts; Brody Dolyniuk channels Freddie Mercury as lead vocalist
Detroit, (June 27, 2019) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will return to Meadow Brook Amphitheatre for a one-night-only tribute to legendary arena rock band Queen.
Conductor Brent Havens leads the DSO, a full rock band, and vocalist Brody Dolyniuk for a program featuring Queen mega-hits like “Somebody to Love,” “Killer Queen,” “You’re My Best Friend,” and many more.
The concert takes place Sunday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the campus of Oakland University (3554 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309).
About Brent Havens
Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films, and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS, and ABC Family Channel Network, commercials, sports music for ESPN, and even cartoons. Havens also collaborated with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale attended by over 150,000 fans.
He has worked with some of the world’s greatest orchestras—including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and countless others. In 2013 Havens conducted the Malaysian Philharmonic for the Music of Michael Jackson, and he returned to Kuala Lumpur in 2014 with the Music of Led Zeppelin and 2015 with the Music of Queen.
Havens recently completed the score for Quo Vadis, a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film. In 2013 he worked with the Baltimore Symphony and the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens to arrange and produce the music for the Thanksgiving Day halftime show between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, adapting both classical music and rock songs into a single four-minute show.
Havens is Arranger/Guest Conductor for 14 symphonic rock programs: the Music of Led Zeppelin, the Music of the Doors, the Music of Pink Floyd, the Music of the Eagles, the Music of Queen, the Music of Michael Jackson, the Music of The Who, The Music of Whitney Houston, the Music of The Rolling Stones, the Music of U2, the Music of Journey, The Music of Elton John, and most recently The Music of David Bowie and The Music of Prince. Havens also premiered a full orchestral show for Lou Gramm, the voice of Foreigner, with Lou singing out front.
About Brody Dolyniuk
Brody Dolyniuk remembers mimicking voices even as a child, listening to old records and tapes. He is a gifted, self-taught musician, capable of playing several instruments, with a particular knack for capturing the voices and mannerisms of classic characters from music, TV, and movies.
His first professional gigs were at piano bars in several U.S. cities, where he learned to charm audiences and expand his musical repertoire. With a longing to perform the music of the many rock bands that inspired him, Brody assembled Yellow Brick Road, unquestionably Las Vegas’ most successful classic rock band. Since 1997, Yellow Brick Road has reshaped the casino entertainment scene by bringing a rock concert atmosphere to showrooms previously reserved for Top-40-style lounge acts. Along the way, Brody has made numerous radio and TV appearances and earned a spot in the finals of two national singing competitions, and even self-produced several large rock production-style shows utilizing multi-media, lasers, comedy, and special effects.
Brody has lent his vocal talents by singing several tracks on the hit video games Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and Konami’s Rock Revolution. In addition to Queen, Brody provides lead vocals for The Music of Journey, The Music of The Who, The Music of The Rolling Stones, The Music of U2, and The Music of David Bowie. He is also developing his own production, called Symphonic Rockshow. Now residing in Southern California, Brody continues to tour, as well as perform as a producer and session musician.
Tickets for The Music of Queen are on sale now exclusively through Ticketmaster. Both lawn (general admission) and pavilion (reserved) seating is available.
Please visit the Ticketmaster website or call (313) 471-7929 to learn more and purchase tickets.
About the DSO
The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who recently concluded an acclaimed decade-long tenure at the helm, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall will celebrate its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in seven metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.