Queensboro Performing Arts Center featured Dionne Warwick today. I realize that there are no bad seats regarding viewing the stage, but here I was in Row A! One thing about performers looking "older" is that it means that I have aged just as many years. She aged quite well! Dionne was backed by two keyboards, a bass, percussion and drums.
Stories were few and lots of songs. "Walk On By" was her opener. Followed by: "Anyone Who Had A Heart", "You Never Get To Heaven", "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" (which she sang directly to me), "Message To Michael", and "This Guy's In Love With You".
Dionne then talked about her moving to Brazil and sang "Brazil". "Do You Know The Way To San Jose" was next before she shared about her new CD coming out in November. As a sneak preview she sang, "Is There Anybody Out There" a new track.
"What The World Needs Now" was followed by "I Say A Little Prayer" as a duet with her son, David Elliott. Dionne took a break as David did a solo of "Besame Mucho". The finale had them in a duet of "That's What Friends Are For" that seemed to last more than 5 minutes as they either sang to each other or Dionne allowed David to hit the much higher notes to emphasize the lyrics.
All in all is was a wonderful show. Dionne has a bit of a problem with her voice but not enough to annoy. Volume on her microphone seemed more of a problem but that could have been cured by the sound person. I'm glad I was in Row A.
Prior to the show, there was a celebration of the 2012-2013 season just outside of the performing arts center. Food and a DJ that began at 1 p.m. for the 3 p.m. show. Check out the new season's lineup.
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