Review: Seattle Symphony and singer/songwriter Nancy Wilson in cross-genre “Essential Series”

Posted on: November 2, 2021

“Nancy Wilson mentioned it right at the top of her first live show since the pandemic shut the world down: It’s been two years since she’s played for an audience,” writes Chris Talbott in Sunday’s (10/31) Seattle Times. “The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and Heart guitar hero [performed] with the Seattle Symphony on Saturday night at Benaroya Hall [as] part of The Essential Series, the Seattle Symphony’s cross-genre collaboration program that’s curated by Seattle-based composer Andrew Joslyn…. The show … already postponed from the summer due to the delta variant, … included a melding of new songs from her extremely personal and somber first true solo album, ‘You and Me,’ classic crowd-pleasing hits from the Heart catalog and a few covers that lent themselves to … appearances by both the symphony’s string quartet and its full orchestra…. Wilson started her set with the solo instrumental ‘4 Edward,’ played on the acoustic guitar, then was joined by her six-piece band for the title track from the new album…. The musicians … launched into the frenetic Heart hit ‘Crazy on You’ with singer Kimberly Nichole handling Ann Wilson’s vocal parts … bringing the crowd to its feet…. Wilson brought on the full symphony following intermission.”