Roberta Flack w/Nashville Symphony
Some vocalists win us over with style and feel, making songs come alive through subtle (or not-so-subtle) theatrical embellishment, while others dazzle with technical achievement. Roberta Flack does both. Using years of classical training as a base, she kicked off her career with a strong blend of soul, jazz and folk on 1969’s First Take. The single “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” won her a Grammy, but “Killing Me Softly With His Song” is probably her best-known work, thanks in part to The Fugees’ 1996 remake. Flack has worked with eminent players like the late Donny Hathaway (her classmate and duet partner for many years) and jazz bassist Ron Carter (who’s worked with everyone from Sonny Rollins and Paul Simon to A Tribe Called Quest) — and we’ll bet the Nashville Symphony Orchestra as a backing band won’t be too shabby, either.
Thu, Jan 16 | 7:00 PM
Schermerhorn Symphony Center