I know you all must be tired of hearing about my month long "double 30" birthday celebrations, so I promise this will be the last post on that subject! This was also my last birthday treat. My husband surprised me with tickets to see Josh Groban perform at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre on July7th.! I have been a long time fan of his, but this was my first time seeing him perform live, and I was also very excited to see him in the beautiful outdoor Red Rocks.
As you can see by this long distance photo I took from the I-470 highway heading north, the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is nestled between two giant rock formations in the Rocky Mountain foothills near Morrison, Colorado. For over 70 years it has been known for its acoustically perfect sound. It has hosted a large array of legendary music groups such as the Beatles, Elvis, U2 and opera stars
Driving into the park one passes the most remarkable giant red rock formations.
This is the ramp leading up to the seats from the south parking lot.
The view of the stage that we had from our seats. The amphitheatre holds a little over 9,000 people in assigned seats.
It was a beautiful evening the night of the concert. There was even a rainbow in the distance for awhile! Josh was performing with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and they opened the program with some delightful orchestral medleys. (This collage and all photos in this post can be enlarge for easier viewing by clicking on them once and then clicking on them again for an even larger view.)
This was the second time Josh Groban performed at Red Rocks, and there was palpable excitement when he came on stage! Josh also has his own troupe of very talented international musicians that tour with him, as you can see in this photo.
He sang hits from his new album "All That Echoes," as well as older favorites
To see and hear two of my favorite songs from the night, go to this link on my Mille Fiori Favoriti facebook page to listen to "Starry Starry Night" and his finale song, "You Raise Me Up."
The finale song was very touching moment for me, as "You Raise Me Up" was the song I danced to with my son at his wedding, and it always touches my heart to hear it. He and my daughter-in-law celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary recently. Unfortunately, I was not blessed with a good singing voice, so you'll have to excuse my very out of tune "sing along" if you do listen to that video.
It was a fantastic night, and one I'll always remember! Josh is very engaging and funny, and his operatic voice is so pure and beautiful. If you ever have a chance to see him perform live I think you'll enjoy his concert as much as I did!
"Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul" -- author unknown
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