As an American born in 1967, the music we describe of Motown has basically been the soundtrack to my life. Falling in love, breaking up, dancing, crying, kissing and missing. Even in moments of deep despair the music of Motown has the power to keep you going and gives you hope for the future.
David, Johanna and I are currently putting together the program and there is so much wonderful material to choose from that we are having a serious problem trying to decide what will be performed. It’s all great music, so Savoy Theater audience members do not need to worry, but it could be that your favorite Motown song may not be performed this time. The project already feels like there is going to have to be a part 2 (and part 3), so much great music…
I very much look forward to working with Johanna for the first time, what an amazing voice! I’ve known David since the 1990’s and it’s going to be wonderful to work together again after all these years.
I personally love the sound and soul of the early period in the existence of Motown Records, 1960 to 1969. Most of my favorite songs are from that era, but I have gotten to discover later era Motown songs through David and Johanna that I was not aware of, which has also been a great part of the preparation for our upcoming concerts at the Savoy Theater.
We still have work to do to refine the program, but two great singers, a top big band and songs that are timeless adds up to a wonderful evening of music.
Motown – UMO Helsinki Cond. Ed Partyka, sol. Johanna Försti & David B. Whitley 4.11. & 5.11.2019 at 19.00 Savoy Theatre