Last night (thanks to the One2One Network) I had the opportunity to do something I’ve never done before – attend a Yanni concert. But this wasn’t any “ordinary” Yanni concert – this was Yanni’s first concert in over five years featuring music from his first album in six years! Not only that – but Yanni Voices in Concert featured four amazing vocalists/performers – Chloe Lowery, Ender Thomas, Leslie Mills and Nathan Pacheco.
The concert opened up with “Santorini” which was an amazing Middle Eastern inspired-song complete with lights and pictures projected onto a “scrim” onstage. It was literally like watching a music video but live – it was awesome! Each of the “Voices” was introduced in the opening song also – each featured for a brief amount of time under a spotlight.
The first soloist “Voice” to perform was Nathan who sang “Enchantment” and truly enchanted everyone. Nathan has an amazing voice and a helluva range.
The first duet was with Chloe and Nathan who performed “In the Mirror” – a lovely love song sung in both Italian and English. Next up was Ender (and his leather pants) singing “Desire” a hot Latin number that really hyped up the crowed! I simply ADORE Latin music and Ender did NOT disappoint! Not only did Ender sing – he also danced which made the already hot song much hotter!
That was about the time we got busted for taking pictures even though they specified no flash photography. We were NOT using our flash! But anyway …
The next performer was the soulful voiced Leslie singing “Before the Night Ends” – Leslie really reminds me (vocally) of Sophie B. Hawkins and (visually) of Kylie Minogue. She’s simply amazing. The song was beautiful and talks about looking for someone and vowing to find them “before the night ends” – it was a great performance.
“Within Attraction” was the next song performed by the orchestra including Charlie Adams on drums, Yoel Del Sol playing percussion, Benedikt, Ann Marie Calhoun, Anna Stafford, Erika Walczak, Armen Movsessian and Samvel Yervinyan on violin, April Cap on oboe, Jason Carder and Kerry Hughes on their trumpets, Lauren Chipman and Ilona Geller on the viola, Victor Espinola on the Paraguayan harp, Ming Freeman and Sylvio Richetto on keyboard, Cesar Lemos on guitar, James Mattos on French horn Sarah O’Brien and Alexander Zhiroff on cello, Dana Teboe on trombone and finally Gabriel Vivas rocking the bass.
“Change” performed by Chloe came next followed by “November Sky” or “Bajo el cielo de Noviembre” performed by Ender which was about a homeless child who dreams about going back to a home he’s never had. It was a high tempo, exciting song with lots of Latin rhythms. Ender then paired up with Chloe to perform “Hasta El Ultimo Momento” an amazing Latin and English duet that is definitely one of my favorite songs on the album.
Nathan then performed “Almost a Whisper” which is definitely on par with such operatic legends as Pavarotti and Carreras. Nathan is simply amazing. Next up was “Duet” followed by “Theory of Everything” performed by Leslie. “Theory of Everything” was an awesome new age slash pop song that really showed off Leslie’s vocal range. Hopefully, the song will show up on Leslie’s solo album as it’s not on the “Yanni Voices” cd.
“Tribute” was then performed which was a beautiful, upbeat song in Italian that paired up Nathan and Chloe. “Kill Me with Your Love” performed by Chloe was a great jazzy-pop song that really showed off her range of abilities. It reminded me a lot of the artist Sadé – and was a great song.
The beautiful Chloe came out and did a Middle Eastern or India-inspired dance atop Yanni’s piano. My first thought was “wow – I didn’t know this show came with a Burlesque show!” I kid – Chloe was wearing a rather small dance outfit – but she was covered up for the most part! Sexy not sleazy? I think her performance made a few of the “older” audience members’ nights though! Chloe is adorable though – she really knows how to work the crowd and has a great “light” about her.
“The Keeper” was an incredibly sexy jazzy song performed by Leslie on top of the piano! It was a great follow-up to Chloe’s dancing. In fact, the song closed with both beautiful ladies sitting on the piano.
“Marching Season” was an older song performed by Yanni and drummer Charlie. It was a ton of fun to listen to Charlie and his drum solo “dueling” with Yanni and his piano.
“Quedate Conmigo” was an awesome Latin number sung and danged by Ender and Chloe. The song was HOT and both singers are awesome to watch – so much chemistry!
“Niki Nana” closed the show and was performed by all of the “Voices” and the orchestra. It was a great show-stopping number which led to the curtain call for the performers. But – there would be more! Yanni and his musicians performed not only one, but two encores!
“Do you not want to go home? asked Yanni “well, neither do we!”
I have to laugh though because there were only a handful of “younger” people there. But the “older” people were rocking out to the music as much as we were. When Yanni himself came on stage at the beginning I swear I thought panties would start flying through the air! He’s a pretty handsome man, although he seems as tall as I am! He’s definitely a “showman” and you can tell he lives and breathes the music.
After the show I handed off my extra backstage pass to a fan club member who had been dancing up a storm during the show and headed backstage with her and another “Mommyblogger” – Heather from Running from the Little People and her guest. With us were some “long lost old friends” of Chloe who had known her since she was little!
Waiting backstage to meet the “Voices” – OMG!
(I really need to learn how to properly use my X-Shot though!)
We waited back stage and Nathan came in first. He’s so tall! Not to mention very friendly and gracious. He chatted with us for awhile during the “meet and greet” and was very cordial and thanked us for promoting the event.
Chloe and Ender came in next and we just had to ask if they were dating because of their awesome chemistry on stage! Chloe laughed and said that she and Ender were just “very best friends” and very much not dating! Chloe is tall and even more beautiful up close in person. She has a voice like Christina Aguilera and can dance like no one’s business! I got a big hug from Ender and took a photo of him and my new fan-club friend Cheryl! He was so friendly and very (very!) good looking!
Last but not least the dainty Leslie came into the room and I got a great picture with her and talked with her for a little bit. It’s amazing that such a powerhouse voice comes out of such a little body! She’s beautiful and very friendly.
I had an absolute BLAST at the concert and would recommend it to Yanni fans along with fans of classical-rock music, new age, opera, latin, pop and just about anything else you can think of! This was in no way a “boring” concert! I heard a LOT of people commenting on how great the show was and how it was “so worth the money.”