Monday, August 5, 2013
DIANA ROSS: STILL SUPREME
As super stars go, Diana Ross is at the head of everyone's top ten list. Performing for over five decades, she was the lead singer of The Supremes way back in the 1960's where she reigned on the charts with fourteen consecutive number one hits. Even The Beatles would have trouble beating her record.
An international star, she does more than sing. She has been nominated for an Oscar for the motion picture "Lady Sings the Blues" for her role as Billie Holiday, as well as starring in movies "Mahogany" and "The Wiz." With her own recording company, she has produced her last five television specials in addition to made-for-television films that have been critically acclaimed.
Her 2013 tour has taken her to Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile and will deliver her to Hartford's Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts for one glorious performance only on Tuesday, August 13 at 8 p.m.
For Ms. Ross, "each performance feels like a celebration." She finds touring exciting and each place she sings feels brand new to her, a new adventure, even if she's returning. Performing makes her feel good. She considers her backup band wonderful and "we have a good time and fun. We've been together a long time and we're like family. I have a joyful time performing."
On tour, she wears many hats, "as producer, organizer, and parent or mother on the road to make sure they're (the band) all well." Traditionally, "I select the music, the costumes, the lighting." She values her interaction with the audience, emphasizing the harmony and making it all work together, professionally. She wants good energy to flow back and forth, for that is "phenomenal and exciting and special."
In presenting good music, with a good sound, she prefers songs with positive images, from nature, like "I Will Survive" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." For her, this is what the show is all about. To Ms. Ross, "Music is like love. It feels good. It's about sharing. It's very special. Music is like the heartbeat of our world."
Diana Ross freely admits, "I do what I do because I love it. Your career is to share your God-given gift." For tickets ($49.50-179.50), call the Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford at 860-987-5900 or online at www.bushnell.org.
With her wild mane of black hair, her divine voice, her parade of incredible costumes and her dynamic presence, let Miss Diana Ross share her God-given gifts with you on Tuesday, August 13 at 8 p.m. at the Bushnell. She will be singing directly to your heart.