I never personally met him, but I certainly was a fan.
Three decades ago, next month, I saw the brilliance of Blondheim at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Tom Cochrane and Red Rider — a Canadian rock band like none other — teamed up with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra — our local elegant ensemble.
Two nights. Symphony Sessions, it became known as.
My guest that March 18,1989 evening was much more versed in the ESO atmosphere than I was.
Right before the house lights were dimmed seconds before Cochrane jubilantly walked on stage, my friend set the table with an intriguing, yet challenging, comment.
“I know George is talented and very good,” she said of Blondheim, who was directing the ESO in his freshly pressed black tuxedo. “But, a rock band and symphony? I guess we’ll see.”
We did something better.
We heard, and, what magic we heard. An emotionally robust standing ovation punctuated the sold-out crowd’s praise when the night ended.
Cam Tait is a follower of Christ,
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