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Symphony! coming to Key City Theatre

Symphony!, featuring the Sultans of String, will be performing at the Key City Theatre in February. - Photo submitted
Symphony!, featuring the Sultans of String, will be performing at the Key City Theatre in February.
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JUNO nominees/two-rime CFMA winners, Sultans of String, kick off the new year with the release of their high octane worldbeat-symphonic mash-up, Symphony! at the Key City Theatre on February 1st. The acclaimed Symphony of the Kootenays joins them for this very special evening!

Known for dizzying roots music jams, poly-rhythms and revved up riffs, the Sultans of String sound can’t be pinned down -- it’s Sable Island meets the Silk Road, with detours through the Gypsy-Jazz coffeehouses of Eastern Europe, next an East Coast Kitchen Party, then over to the majestic Arctic and the bustling markets of Lebanon!

Fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar while a funky bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet with a symphony of sound deepened by world rhythms that inspire whole audiences to get up and dance.

Sultans of String’s symphony Pops show was developed under the direction of luminary John Morris Russell, (Conductor-Cincinnati Pops Orchestra), and was scored by illustrious arranger/composer Rebecca Pellett (Toronto Symphony Orchestra, IMAX & Hollywood film productions).  They recently performed a triumphant 8 show run with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall for their Education Series, and have booked release concerts with symphonies well into 2015.

Kicking things off as a dynamic duo playing tiny cafes in 2007, this fiercely talented and hardworking indie act has been on a meteoric rise, with an astonishing number of awards and accolades in tow.  Invitations to play world stages and with such legendary artists as The Chieftains and David Bromberg are recent highlights. The Chieftains’ very own Paddy Moloney also appears on Symphony!

Symphony! is distributed across North America by Red River Entertainment through the SONY Network. Bob Frank, chairman of Red River (former President of Koch/EI Entertainment) states, “We welcome the opportunity to work with one of Canada’s most innovative groups and look forward to expanding their music and footprint in the US.”

Acclaimed promoter and former A&R man David Wilkes (Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Jerry Jeff Walker) states, “I have worked with numerous top ten chart songs and #1 Pop Billboard and Country music hits”, Wilkes says.  “In all that time, I have not worked with composers more talented than Chris McKhool and Kevin Laliberté from Sultans of String. Not only are they a superb writing team, they are also amazing arrangers & musicians. Symphony!is a gigantic leap forward.”

Symphony! is at the Key City Theatre on February 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 for adults and $21 for youth.

Chris McKhool will be featured in a family show on Sunday, February 2 at 2 p.m. at the Key City Theatre. Tickets for that show are $15.

Call 250-426-7006 for more information.

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