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3 News In New Zealand Reviews Serj's Orchestral Performance in Christchurch

By David Farrier Christchurch enjoys its rock and metal, so it’s perhaps no surprise Serj Tankian was greeted to a huge round of applause when he took to the stage at the CBS Arena. One of the most recognisable and respected voices in rock, we don’t see Tankian perform often here. Tonight was special.  Exactly a week earlier, many of this crowd had attended the double-billed show of Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age. But tonight was different. The Black Sabbath and Tool tees remained, but this crowd is largely seated. And on stage are the many varied faces of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. They sit and warm up their instruments. Then it’s a stare-off between orchestra and...

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Ultimate Guitar Reviews Orca Symphony No. 1

From Ultimate-Guitar Sound: Tick this off the list of things you thought you'd never see. If you've been following the career of Serj Tankiansince the initial demise of his band System of a Down, you're probably familiar with the greatly underappreciated "Elect the Dead Symphony," a colourful orchestration of his debut solo album and proof of his diverse musical endeavours, which reach well beyond that of your average rock frontman. His pedigree is proven in rock and in classically-influenced experimental metal. This, however, is something else entirely; this is pinch-yourself-to-see-if-you're-dreaming stuff. The man behind "Chop Suey," "Toxicity" and "banana terracotta terracotta pie" has composed an entire classical symphony in four acts. Let's get to it, shall we? The first act, "Victorious Orcinus," is unpresumptuous...

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Orca Symphony Recording & Concert

Dear Friends, The ORCA recording and concert this past weekend was a tremendous success! It was an extremely special night for me, being able to see the premiere of my first true classical symphony performed by a great orchestra with an amazing response. From start to finish, it was an incredible experience and there are many people to thank: everyone who supported the Kickstarter campaign (including those I was able to meet in person), the great audience for their contagious energy (rivaling our rock shows!), the talented musicians in the Das Karussell Orchestra, especially conductor Werner Steinmetz and concert master Marcus Wall, Vincent Pedulla, Dan Monti and Erwin Khachikian. I wanted to share a few photos from the concert taken...

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Review Of Orca Symphony In Linz, Austria

From Nachrichten.at - (Translated from German) A rock star of classical music in a candy storeOn Sunday celebrated the first classical symphony of "System Of A Down" singer Serj Tankian and it's world premiere in LinzBy Luke Luger "I feel like a kid in a candy store." Visibly moved Serj Tankian appeared to thunderous applause before the audience in the Brucknerhaus. On Sunday evening celebrated "Orca", the first symphony and world premiere from the"System Of A Down" front man. Under the direction of Werner Steinmetz, the members of the Bruckner Orchestra composite "Das Karussell Orchestra" opened up the first classic work of the Armenian-American rock stars performance. And it was a remarkable debut. "Orca" turned out to be sublime, opulent,...

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