Symphony Concert To Benefit Quail Brook Senior Center Sept. 20

Concert review: Maroon 5

on Friday, Sept. 20. The musical program will be held in the Franklin High School auditorium, located at 500 Elizabeth Ave. The Whitehouse Wind Symphony, under the direction of James P. Sheeley Jr., will kick-off their 2013-14 Season with the benefit concert. The musical theme is Autumnal Equinox and will be comprised of selections designed to appeal to the musical tastes of all audiences. Refreshments will be provided. A free-will offering will be accepted. Proceeds will be used to offer a variety of enriching activities for clients of the senior center. The Whitehouse Wind Symphony is dedicated to presenting the best of Wind Band literature, including the classics and literature from the late 20th and early 21st Century. On many occasions, the WWS performs selections written expressly for the band by its members.

Pop icon Clarkson, the first American Idol winner, appeared barefoot, and got the audience dancing in a matter of seconds with her motivational hit, Stronger. Her energetic attitude seemed to appeal not only to her teenage fans, but to their parents and the surprisingly large number of kid-free adults that were also present. After mentioning that she has been dabbling with country, the crowds overwhelming excitement was almost tangible. She sang a solo version of her duet with Jason Aldean, Dont You Wanna Stay. The song served as a fast transition from pop songs and Clarkson classics to a country tone that provoked obvious enjoyment. The fans were enamored with the Texas girls talent. Clarkson nailed Aretha Franklins I Never Loved a Man with not only the required powerful, soulful voice but also made a statement with her lengthy, black lace dress. Her final two songs were sung after another outfit change, exposing a colorful, neon setting that made everyones eyes grow wider. She closed with an old hit, Since U Been Gone. With such a clear, powerful voice, it seems impossible for Clarkson not to give a phenomenal performance. After what seemed like a much-needed breather, the headliners approached the gathering of eager fans. With a set list combining old favorites and new hits, the band gained instant access into their listeners hearts. Bouncing from recent to old and energetic to emotional, the crowd was never able to predict the next song. In the midst of a lively rendition of Misery, the music shifted to a version of Daft Punks Get Lucky. Levines higher-pitched voice made for the perfect blend of a genuine and vivacious version of the popular electronic dance anthem. The show consisted of several moments of audience interaction, and no doubt the place to be was the pit. Levine commented on the large number of people in the lawn area, telling the people in front, You better watch out, theyre going to come get you! His sense of humor yet obvious appreciation for his loyal fans gave off a sense of modesty, making ticket prices seem worth the cost.