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July 3, 2014

Music of Queen to open Belleayre festival

The Belleayre Music Festival in Highmount will open with “The Music of Queen: A Rock Symphony,” featuring vocalist Brody Dolyniuk and a full rock band, at 5 p.m. Saturday.

According to a media release, “Windborne (Music)’s classic rock symphony show ‘The Music of Queen!’ has quickly garnered critical and fan acclaim since premiering in 2009. Conductor/arranger Brent Havens takes the podium to present a program he scored to extend the listening experience of Queen’s exceptional tunes. Performed by the Belleayre Festival Orchestra and amplified with a full rock band and vocals, Havens and his ensemble capture Queen’s distinct sound while presenting some conventional and many interesting new musical colors.”

Vegas veteran Brody Dolyniuk will perform vocals on songs such as “We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions,” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and many more.

Music from the albums “Classic Queen,” “A Night at the Opera,” “Sheer Heart Attack,” “Jazz,” “News of the World,” “A Kind of Magic,” “The Works” and many more are all featured in this show. 

Previous Windborne shows at Belleayre include “The Music of Led Zeppelin” and “The Music of Pink Floyd.” Reserved tickets range from $36 to $66, and $26 for lawn seating.

“The Music of Queen” is the first show in a summer-long lineup of diverse entertainment at Belleayre. 

On Saturday, July 12, the Belleayre Blues Show will feature Rock Hall of Famer Buddy Guy, with special guest Quinn Sullivan, a 15-year-old blues prodigy.

On July 19, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will deliver old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll from the same New Jersey Shore music scene that launched Bruce Springsteen. 

July 26 will see the Belleayre Festival Opera’s presentation of Gaetano Donizetti’s “Lucia Di Lammermoor” under the direction of Donald Westwood.

The Catskill Mountain Jazz Series will begin a run of five shows on Friday, Aug. 1, with the Django Reinhardt Festival. Up next will be The Cookers All-Star Jazz Band featuring Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart on Saturday, Aug. 2. Both of these shows will be in the Belleayre Jazz Club.

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