CANTON – Jon Anderson, former singer and key songwriter of rock band Yes, will perform the band’s classic hits and other songs with student musicians on Tuesday night at the Canton Palace Theater.
Anderson, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, has toured with the Paul Green Rock Academy in recent months.
Tickets cost $ 45 and $ 75 and are still available for a Palace Threatre show at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at https://cantonpalacetheatre.org/
The academy is made up of 25 student musicians from across the country.
The shows carry on a tradition that began in 2005 when Anderson toured with the original School of Rock stars, according to a press release from the tour.
The concerts feature arrangements with choral songs, horns and other instruments from the young backing group.
In a question and email response, Anderson explained the joy he finds musically sharing the stage with teenage musicians and listed the songs that Yes fans can expect to hear at the Canton show.
Describe the experience of playing classic Yes songs with student musicians from Paul Green Rock Academy?
“It’s a magical time in my life – being able to sing and play with 25 teenagers, songs that were born long before they were … is an incredible tribute to the music of Yes.”
For a veteran songwriter and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee like you, how fun and rewarding is it to play your music with a younger generation of musicians?
“The sheer fun and pleasures created by these very gifted teens are a miracle to say the least. They are so inspiring and fun loving. They uplift my soul and my spirit every time we take the stage. It’s a dream. come true for me. “
What classic Yes songs can fans expect at the Canton concert?
“I love singing all of the classic Yes songs, from ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart’ to ‘Yours Is No Disgrace’ to ‘Heart of the Sunrise’. You name it, they play it. good people “…” Roundabout, “” America. “All great and many more.”
How difficult is it for a singer to maintain their singing skills over a long career?
“Above all, singing with these teens (makes me) younger at heart than anything I’ve ever done. (It’s) so inspiring. These teens are a wonder to see. The future of music right here on stage. “
Are you working on any new musical projects or are you planning any new releases for 2021 or 2022?
“I never stop creating. I have a musical (project) in the works, just one of many, plus three new albums coming out over the next three years.”
Did music gain more meaning or importance, including live performances, during the pandemic?
“When you hear music you are connected to the divine energy that surrounds us all. Music is multicolored and in so many languages and rhythms it is totally transformed in all areas of life.”
Are there any closing thoughts you would like to share about the Canton concert and what attendees will experience that may be unique from other rock shows?
“… If they come to the show, they will be excited beyond belief and join the wonderful musical landscape that we are all a part of. For my part, I rejoice in the music of the world … and to these young souls will inspire you on so many levels … “
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