June 19, 2021 8:00 pm
On Saturday, June 19, the series continues as the South Bend Symphony Orchestra performs Windborne’s Music of Queen featuring guest conductor Brent Havens and vocalist MiG Ayesa. This program that is sure to rock you! The very best of Queen will include “You’re My Best Friend,” “Under Pressure,” “We are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and more!
In the event of inclement weather on the day of the performance, the rain date will be rescheduled in early fall 2021.
Program coming soon.
Brent Havens Arranger / Guest Conductor
Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films, and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS, and ABC Family, commercials, music for sports networks such as ESPN, and even cartoons. Havens has also worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale attended by over 150,000 fans.
He has worked with some of the world’s greatest orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, and countless others.
Havens recently completed the score for the film “Quo Vadis”, a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film. Havens has the Arranger/Guest Conductor for all 21 of Windborne’s symphonic rock programs, including The Music Of Queen, The Music Of Led Zeppelin, The Music Of David Bowie, The Music Of Pink Floyd, The Music Of Aretha: The Queen Of Soul, and most recently, The Music Of Def Leppard.
MiG Ayesa, Vocalist
MiG Ayesa (a-yes-ah) started his career in Australia in Buddy. He was then chosen to join the London cast including a Royal Variety Performance for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. MiG’s other West End credits include We Will Rock You, Rent, Thriller Live, and Seasons of Larson.
His Broadway credits include Burn The Floor and Rock of Ages, which he also joined on the first United States National Tour and in the Philippines. Back in Australia, his credits include Grease, Cinderella, Aladdin, West Side Story, Rent, Fame, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and a United Kingdom and Australian Tour of The Music Of Queen: Rock and Symphonic Spectacular. He reprised the role of Galileo for the 10th Anniversary World Arena Tour of We Will Rock You and as one of the Tenors of Rock at their resident headline show in Las Vegas, and on the high seas. MiG also sailed with Rock Rhapsody, as well as headlining his own one-man show, “MiG Rocks The Boat”.
In the Phillippines, MiG played Robert Kincaid in the first international production of The Bridges of Madison County and starred with Lea Salonga and Tanya Manalang for the major concert event “Curtains Up”, as well as his own concert celebrating Shangri-la’s 25th Anniversary, and most recently originated the role of Jamie Crimson in the world premiere production of All Out of Love.
MiG starred as Joe King in the TV series The Ferals. His other TV credits include Fil It Up, Mission: Top Secret, Hits and Memories, The Midday Show, IMT, Carols In The Domain, It’s About Time, Carols By Candlelight, People’s Choice Awards, Vidiot, Good Morning Australia, and Hey Hey It’s Saturday, as well as various commercials including a global campaign for Ray Ban.
MiG’s film credits include Queen of the Damned and Subterano. A finalist in the global hit TV show Rockstar: INXS, MiG released his self-titled debut album through Decca/Universal and was an original cast member of Handel’s “Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise”. As well as releasing his second album, “More Than Ever”, MiG has also penned theme songs for various TV shows as well as writing “Fill My Cup” for FWD, along with his own fundraising awareness campaign for the victims of Philippine floods with United As One.
Windborne’s The Music Of Queen
Windborne’s hottest Classic Rock Symphony show is The Music Of Queen. The show has quickly garnered critical and fan acclaim. Who isn’t familiar with the classic tunes of Queen? It’s difficult to go out these days and not hear something from their catalog on the radio, at the ballpark, on TV, or at the grocery store. Knowing that, we wanted to stay as true to what Queen intended for our own production. Once again, the band stays as close as possible to the original recordings and the orchestra is “wrapped” around that original sound. Lots of vocals, lots of harmonic structure, and a perfect group to be accompanied by an orchestra. High energy, fun music, and the familiarity of the songs make the show a fun one both to play and to see.
Australian rocker and West End veteran, MiG Ayesa handles the complex and difficult task of representing Freddie Mercury’s vocals. MiG handles the assignment comfortably and sounds amazing leading the band and orchestra through the selected songlist. If you’re an average fan, or someone who knows literally every song ever recorded by Queen, there’s something for you in this show. We dig deep to bring out some of the best (and sometimes forgotten) tunes that Queen and Freddie recorded over the years.
Music from the albums Classic Queen, A Night At The Opera, Sheer Heart Attack, Jazz, News of the World, A Kind of Magic, The Works, and many more are all featured in this show. As with all of Windborne’s shows, the band stays as close to the original as possible, while the orchestra soars through the tunes and adds that extra “something” that make Windborne shows special.
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Windborne’s Music Team
Brent Havens – Conductor
MiG Ayesa – Vocalist
George Cintron – Guitar
Dan Clemens – Bass
Adam Michaelson – Keyboards
Powell Randolph – Drums