As he curates the set list and arrangements of 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince, acclaimed drummer and creative Ahmir “Questlove” Thompsonenlists the talents of GRAMMY® Award winner Brent Fischer—a member of the original arranger team behind Prince—to arrange selected music titles* into an orchestral setting. Additionally, he taps the vast musical talents of Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
Performing in major markets across North America this fall, 4U makes history as “the first and only official Estate approved symphonic presentation of Prince’s music.” “In that respect, it feels completely apropos for the production to welcome Fischer’s orchestral arranging talents and production experience.” says Questlove. Notably, Brent and his late father Dr. Clare Fischer collaborated directly with Princethroughout three decades. Among countless classic recordings, their distinct sonic fingerprint can be felt on Sign O’ The Times, Graffiti Bridge, and Parade as well as on the big-screen in Under The Cherry Moon and Batman. Cited as one of the “GRAMMY® Seminal Moments” by show producer Ken Ehrlich, the father-and-son duo co-wrote the arrangement that powered the famous 2004 “Prince Medley” as the younger Fischer joined Beyoncé and Prince as an orchestra percussionist during the ceremony.
About his involvement in this historic production, Brent Fischer (Usher, Michael Jackson, D’Angelo, Elvis Costello & The Roots) said, “Questlove is one of the most innovative artists of today. Between his encyclopedic knowledge of and my history with Prince, we see eye-to-eye on so many creative levels and have a deep respect for preserving Prince’s amazing output.”
Meanwhile, Atwood-Ferguson lends his expansive musicality to the production. With credits ranging from Ray Charles to Dr. Dre, the world-renowned multi-instrumentalist, session musician, composer, producer, conductor, and DJ will handle instrumentation.
A full 27-piece orchestra comprised of world-class talent will breathe new life into timeless smashes as well as deep cuts throughout Prince’s formidable catalog at each spot.
On September 21st the Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Bros. Records, will release the Piano & A Microphone 1983 album. The nine track, 35-minute album features a previously unreleased home studio cassette recording of Prince at his piano captured in 1983. The album is available now to pre-order on CD, LP, Deluxe CD+LP, digital release and pre-save for streaming here: https://lnk.to/PrincePAAM
Sony Music Entertainment/Legacy Recordings and the Prince Estate recently inked an exclusive distribution agreement covering 35 essential previously released album titles from the Prince catalog from 1978-2015.
Hear the music of Prince like never before at 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince.
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9/8 Washington, D.C. Wolf Trap
9/9 Richmond, VA Altria Theatre
9/11 Norfolk, VA Chrysler Hall
9/12 Charlotte, NC Metro Credit Union Amp.
9/13 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amp.
9/14 Asheville, NC U.S. Cellular Center
9/15 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Amphitheatre
9/17 Buffalo, NY Buffalo Center for the Arts
9/18 Springfield, MA Symphony Hall
9/20 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
9/21 Binghamton, NY Anderson Center
9/22 Lynn, MA Lynn Memorial Hall
9/24 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
9/25 Columbus, OH Ohio Theatre
9/26-27 Nashville, TN Jackson Hall (TPAC)
9/28 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
9/29 Cleveland, OH State Theatre
9/30 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
10/2 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center Arena
10/3 Gainesville, FL Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center
10/4 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Broward Center
10/5 Tampa, FL USF Dome
10/6 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
10/7 Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips Center
10/10 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe
10/11 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre
10/12 Louisville, KY The Palace
10/13 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
10/14 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre
10/16 Midland, TX Wagner Noel
10/17 Dallas, TX Music Factory
10/18 Houston, TX Sugarland
10/19 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre
10/20 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
10/21 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland