4U - A look at Questlove's Prince Tribute
13 September 2018
The Purple Vision was hoping to give you a look into Questlove’s 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince, but in true Prince style, no video or photography was allowed. The effect from allowing no photos turned out to be a beautiful experience. The audience was able to be fully present and absorb the sounds of the orchestra. The symphony, which is sanctioned by The Prince Estate, was curated by Questlove and arranged by Grammy award-winning composer and arranger, Brent Fischer. Brent and his father Clare wrote many orchestral arrangements for Prince throughout his career.
The stage was immaculately decorated chandeliers and Prince’s symbol. As the orchestra played, videos of Prince played in the background. The footage includes an epic performance by Prince from the Purple Rain 1985 tour.
4U showcased hits that the casual Prince fan can sing along to as well satisfying the die hard “fam” with more lesser known songs (no spoilers here!). I had difficulty decided whether to sing along or to immerse myself in the sounds of the orchestra. I chose the latter for the most part but enjoyed hearing the crowd belt out their own personal tributes. The symphony closed with a beautiful rendition of Purple Rain. Emotion filled air as we illuminated the venue with our phones and joined together in song.
This celebration of Prince is especially unique because it is not a cover band attempting to emulate Prince’s genius. Instead it is Prince’s music, curated and arranged by geniuses, played
immaculately by real musicians.
Questlove’s 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince is scheduled to tour the United States’ east coast and midwest through October 2018. For more dates, tickets and details go to 4UPrince.com and subscribe to thepurplevision.com.
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- Erica Washington