Symphonic tour of Prince music sets Playhouse Square date just ‘4U’

The unexpected death of Prince in 2016 left a gaping hole in the music world.

Lauded for his work on the guitar and other instruments, the Minnesota native gave the world such memorable pop hits as “When Doves Cry,” “1999,” “I Would Die 4 U” and, last but not least, “LIttle Red Corvette.”

His music lives on, of course, in physical albums and digital files, but we’re soon to be treated to a live experience celebrating the work of The Purple One.

Live Nation Urban and TCG Entertainment have announced “4U: A symphonic Celebration of Prince,” a tour that, according to a news release, is embraced by the Prince Estate and “will present the music of Prince like never before, with a full symphony orchestra. In addition, each show will feature a live band with world class musicians and vocalists who will perform alongside the orchestra.”

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The show will roll into Cleveland’s Playhouse Square for a show Sept. 29 at the KeyBank State Theatre.

The release further states that “4U” will pull “from Prince’s singular and extensive music catalog, highlighting many of his hits that captivated generations of fans, alongside lesser known gems.”

One more reason to be excited about this?

“Questlove, an avid Prince fan, has helped curate the music and orchestral arrangements that will be played by the symphony,” the release says.

According to a separate release from Playhouse Square, tickets for the Cleveland show will go on sale at 11 a.m. May 18 at playhousesquare.org or 216-241-6000.


Mark Meszoros thinks the above performance during the halftime show of the Super Bowl in 2007 is an excellent showcase of Prince’s talents. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros. Top photo credit: Associated Press

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