Urgent! Staples Orphenians Sing With Foreigner

It may be the most unlikely pairing since Keith Richards wandered onto the Levitt Pavilion stage and jammed with Willie Nelson several years ago.

But this Saturday (June 22, 8 p.m.) — in the same high school fieldhouse where some of them graduated just a day before — Staples’ elite a cappella singers the Orphenians will join multi-platinum hard rockers Foreigner in a special performance of “I Want To Know What Love Is.”

Tickets for the Levitt’s annual fundraiser are $70, $95 and $250 (pre-concert cocktail party, priority concert entry, after-party).

But the chance to see the Orphs and Foreigner onstage together: priceless.

This is Foreigner lead singer Kelly Hanson.

This is Foreigner lead singer Kelly Hanson.

This is Orphenians director Luke Rosenberg, leading his singers in a holiday concert.

This is Orphenians director Luke Rosenberg, leading his singers in a holiday concert.

(Click here for tickets, or call 866-811-4111.)

One response to “Urgent! Staples Orphenians Sing With Foreigner

  1. Scott E. Brodie

    Good luck! Back in 1969 or 1970, we Orphs persuaded George Weigel to add a tune or two in popular idiom to the repertoire. We settled on a Swingle Singers version of the “Little” fugue in g minor of JS Bach, and a catchy pop hit “Windy”:

    “Who’s peekin’ out from under a stairway
    Calling a name that’s lighter than air
    Who’s bending down to give me a rainbow
    Everyone knows it’s Windy…”

    It was not our best moment — the dissonant close harmonies were unfamiliar, and the choral sound of adolescent voices never quite caught the swing of the original recordings.

    — Scott.
    Scott E. Brodie (Orphs ’68-’70)