GRAMMY Award Winner k.d. lang Performs at the Meyerhoff for One Night Only, July 14
Concert will include selections from lang's newest album, Sing It Loud
Baltimore, Md. (April 28, 2011) - Singer and songwriter k.d. lang and her band the Siss Boom Bang will perform at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for one night only on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 8 p.m. This announcement comes on the heels of lang's highly anticipated release of Sing it Loud, her first studio album since 2008's Watershed. Sing it Loud is lang's first record made entirely with her own band, Siss Boom Bang, since the pair of albums with the Reclines that launched her groundbreaking career more than 25 years ago. Please note: The BSO does not perform on this program. See below for complete program information.
Since lang first hit the music scene over a quarter-century ago, she has amassed numerous awards including four GRAMMY® awards, eight JUNO Awards, a BRIT, an AMA, a VMA, and four awards from GLAAD. In 1996, she received Canada's highest civilian honor, the Order of Canada. lang's unique style transcends genre, combining country, alternative, rock and even punk styles and her soulful voice prompted frequent collaborator Tony Bennett to remark, "She's the best singer of her generation." She has also appeared alongside such musical luminaries as Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Loretta Lynn, and Tony Bennett.
More about k.d. lang
Nonesuch Records released k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang's Sing it Loud on April 12, 2011. Produced by lang and Joe Pisapia, it is the award-winning singer-songwriter's first record made entirely with a band of her own since the pair of albums with the Reclines that launched her groundbreaking career over 20 years ago.
This collection of songs reflects the organic, collaborative nature of the sessions, which took place at Pisapia's Middletree Studios in Nashville. Many of the songs were recorded live in the studio and that energy is palpable. The lead single "I Confess" is one of three songs lang penned with keyboardist Daniel Clarke and Joshua Grange, who plays baritone guitar and dobro. In addition to the original material, Sing it Loud includes a striking version of Talking Heads' "Heaven." Pisapia, who plays numerous instruments and serves as the band's musical director, contributed the title track and co-wrote five songs with lang. Bassist Lex Price (Mindy Smith, Peter Bradley Adams) and drummer/percussionist Fred Eltringham (The Wallflowers) complete the lineup.
Sing it Loud is lang's first studio album since 2008's Watershed, which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. In 2010, she marked the 25th anniversary of her recording debut with Recollection, a career retrospective. Also in April 2011, lang's "Hallelujah Vancouver Winter 2010" was nominated for a JUNO Award for "Single of the Year." The track is her interpretation of the Leonard Cohen classic and was recorded live at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics. To date, lang has won eight Juno awards. She has also been honored with four GRAMMY® awards, a BRIT, an AMA, a VMA, and four awards from GLAAD. In 1996, she received Canada's highest civilian honor, the Order of Canada. She has appeared alongside such musical luminaries as Tony Bennett, Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, and Loretta Lynn. lang has also contributed to numerous soundtracks, including Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and Happy Feet, and has appeared in such films as Salmonberries, The Black Dahlia, and Eye of the Beholder.
"She's the best singer of her generation," said Tony Bennett, who has frequently toured with lang since their 2002 Wonderful World duets album. She is renowned for her live shows, prompting the New York Times' Stephen Holden to observe: "Few singers command such perfection of pitch. Her voice, at once beautiful and unadorned and softened with a veil of smoke, invariably hits the middle of a note and remains there."
For more information, visit www.kdlang.com.
About the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The Grammy Award-winning Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras. Acclaimed for its uncompromising pursuit of artistic excellence, the Baltimore Symphony has attracted a devoted national and international following while maintaining deep bonds throughout the Maryland community through innovative education and community outreach initiatives.
Each season the BSO plays host to some of the world's most renowned talents, including violinists Hilary Hahn and Joshua Bell, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In addition to its year-round classical programming, the BSO has been praised for its popular concerts. In recent years, the BSO has performed with artists such as Elvis Costello, Alison Krauss, Ben Folds, Trey Anastasio, Ray LaMontagne and The Decemberists. For more information about the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, visit BSOmusic.org.
COMPLETE PROGRAM INFORMATION:
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Presents k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang
Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. - Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
k.d. lang, vocalist
Siss Boom Bang band
Tickets are $38-$75 and are available for the general public through the BSO Ticket Office at 877.BSO.1444, 410.783.8000, BSOmusic.org or www.ticketmaster.com at 10:00 a.m. (EST) on Monday, May 2.*
*An exclusive presale for BSO subscribers will be available beginning Thursday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m. (EST) and ending Monday, May 2 at 10:00 a.m. (EST).