[dropcap]M[/dropcap]yrtle Beach visitors and local music fans should get ready to feel the groove with the cool sounds of Motown this spring as the Long Bay Symphony Pops Orchestra hosts a special “Motown Memories” concert on April 4 at Myrtle Beach High School Performing Arts Center.
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The unique celebration of the timeless magic of groups such as the Temptations, the Supremes, the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight will feature a pair of renowned soloists performing alongside the orchestra.
Multi-talented American singer-songwriter, Wendy Moten and Grammy award winner Chris Murrell, formerly of the Count Basie Orchestra, along with talented backup singers will get you dancing in your seats with all the hits of the Motown era.
Moten, a Grammy nominee from Memphis, Tenn., will bring her fluid and stylish vocals to the stage, the same skills that have thrilled audiences around the world from London to Paris, St. Petersburg to Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro to New York.
Her voice tells a deeply soulful story that touches and inspires all who hear with musical touches of artists including Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin.
Murrell’s credentials include a long list of accolades garnered throughout a career of traversing the globe non-stop since 1991.
Highlights include winning a Grammy with the World Famous Count Basie Orchestra in 1997 and gracing the stages of numerous major concert halls, festivals and clubs over the past two decades.
Born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, he credits his Mom, Bernice, with sparking what would become his all consuming passion — spreading love through singing.
Though it’s known locally for it amazing classical performances, it’s this type of Myrtle Beach show which really showcases the versatility of the Long Bay Symphony, letting its many professional musicians loosen up a bit and show their fun side.
“We hope that by offering different types of concerts, the symphony can broaden the audience and become ‘the symphony for those that didn’t know they liked symphony’,” says Carolyn Pittman, Executive Director.
Tickets for this one-of-a-kind show are $35-$50 for adults and $15 for Students (22 and under with student ID). Group rates are also available.