Peter Frampton, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Hilbert Circle Theatre
Saturday, April 14
What may have seemed like an unusual combination of musical talents turned out to be a well-orchestrated pairing Saturday night.
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra played host to rock legend Peter Frampton and his four-piece band (bassist John Ragan, guitarist Gordon Kennedy, drummer Shawn Fichter and keyboardist/guitarist Rob Arthur) for an intimate evening of music.
The ISO opened the evening’s show with well-received renditions of several British rock and roll classic songs. Under the direction of Steve Reineke, the orchestra’s 25-minute set included tunes by the Beatles, Elton John and Queen.
After a brief intermission, Frampton and his band opened their portion of the evening with “Something Happening” and a rousing cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” Next was the first of Frampton’s songs to showcase the orchestra, “Lines on My Face.” At first, Frampton’s vocals and guitar were drowned out by the symphony, a situation that was quickly resolved.
After a couple more of his classics (including “Show Me the Way,” which had a couple of “false starts”), Frampton performed three songs from his Grammy Award-winning album “Fingerprints.” Two of the rocker’s biggest hits followed: “Baby I Love Your Way” and “Do You Feel Like We Do.” The latter featured Frampton trading licks with Arthur and the orchestra.
For the encore, a searing guitar solo by Frampton led into a terrific cover of the George Harrison ballad “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
On this night, rock and classical musicians definitely had the Hilbert Circle Theatre captivated.