Musical legends Burt Bacharach and Mavis Staples join the programming

The line up of Thursday’s Main Concert on July 19th is being replenished with two US legends. Composer Burt Bacharach who is known for his numerous evergreens along with one of the most remarkable gospel andsSoul singers, Mavis Staples, will be performing in the Kirjurinluoto Concert Park. Concession tickets for owners of an S-Etukortti card are on sale until March 31st.

Burt Bacharach, the illustrious composer behind countless hits from the 1950s to this day is the mastermind behind such pop classics as The Look of Love, Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, (They Long To Be) Close To You, Anyone Who Had a Heart, What the World Needs Now Is Love and I Say a Little Prayer. He is the winner of six Grammys and three Academy Awards for the best original music in a film. Bacharach has composed songs for Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield and The Carpenters on the course of his career spanning several decades. His go-to lyricist and collaborator, Hal David, passed away in 2012.

Bacharach’s compositions are easily recognisable due to his unconventional use of harmonies which derive from his background in jazz. In fact, several jazz musicians have sought inspiration in his works. For example, as early as in 1968, Stan Getz recorded an album full of music by Bacharach.

Bacharach, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday in May this year, is still actively touring the world with his immortal tunes. The living legend conducts his 11-piece orchestra – including three vocalists – from behind his grand piano. Even though he does not consider himself much of a singer, it is not rare that at some point he will be grabbing the microphone as well. Make sure that you’ll have tissues at hand since it is a known fact that Bacharach will be having an emotional impact on his crowds.

The lively interpreter of Gospel and Soul

Mavis Staples, 78, who is among the most significant gospel and soul singers of all time is also known as a civil rights activist in the United States. For over 50 years, she was part of her father Pop Staples’ family music group, The Staple Singers, who sold tens of millions of records and were also a major part of the soundtrack of the civil rights movement against racism.

Her deep and mysterious voice has fascinated several people for decades, including her ex-fiancé Bob Dylan. Staples released her first records already in the 1970s but her solo career has caught a second wind in the 2010s. She collaborated with Jeff Tweedy of the Wilco who played at last year’s Pori Jazz, and the albums ensued have been praised the public. Her latest album “If All I Was Was Black” came out last autumn.

Staples’ 2016 album “Living on a HIgh Note” featured arrangements from several artists, including Nick Cave. Incidentally, the main moncert on Thursday 19th July will see performances from both Mavis Staples and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.