Bond & Beyond | Arts & Entertainment

As a lover of the Bond films, I could not have been more excited about our Saturday night plans to see the Charlotte Symphony’s performance of ‘Bond and Beyond.’

We’d made our reservations to Bernardin’s, which is directly across from Knights Theater’s a month in advance, but somehow our reservation had been lost. Thankfully we were able to secure a table in the main dining area. As I may have mentioned before, Bernardin’s used to be the Ratcliffe Flower shop back in the day, and you can eat in a booth that was once the display window for the shop.

Grilled Chicken and Fetticcine for me.
Grilled Chicken and Fetticcine for me.
Goat Cheese Ravioli for mum.
Goat Cheese Ravioli for mum.

With a hour to spare, we walked across the street to the Knights Theater which is sandwiched in-between the Mint Museum of Modern Art and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

Ticket in hand and ready to go.
Ticket in hand and ready to go.

With the performance at 8pm, they opened the doors to the theaters auditorium by 7:30.

Knights Theater | Image via Charlotte Now
Knights Theater | Image via Charlotte Now

We were very happy to have the ‘box’ seats again, which gave us a amazing view of the stage. I even spotted Ernest Pereira in 1st Violin who was the conductor when I was in the Charlotte Youth Symphony Orchestra back in high school.

Albert-George Schram was the guest conductor of the Charlotte Symphony, and Hilary Kole was the vocalist.
Albert-George Schram was the guest conductor of the Charlotte Symphony, and Hilary Kole was the vocalist.

Let me tell you the conductor, Albert-George Schram was an absolute riot. He engaged the audience in between each song, giving details about the composer and the film the next piece was from. After the intermission we even got to ‘dance’ during the Soul Bossa Nova from the Austin Powers films. (Since the title of the program was Bond and Beyond, we knew that it would be more than just music from the Bond films.)

The Best of Bond (Arr. Tyzik)

Theme from the Pink Panther (Mancini)

Theme for Peter Gun (Mancini)

Theme from Mission: Impossible (Schrifin/arr. Custer)

Main Theme from Game of Thrones (Djawadi)

Golden Eye – performed by Ms. Kole (Bono & The Edge/arr. Raine)

Diamonds are Forever – performed by Ms. Kole (Barry/arr. Raine)

Star Trek: Into Darkness (Giacchino)

INTERMISSION

Superman March (Williams)

Theme from Ghostbusters (arr. Holcombe)

Duel of the Fates from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (Williams)

Soul Bossa Nova (Jones)

Discombobulate from Sherlock Holmes (Zimmer/arr. Fry)

Goldfinger – performed by Ms. Kole (Barry/arr. Raine)

License to Kill – performed by Ms. Kole (Kamen/arr. Raine)

You Only Live Twice – performed by Ms. Kole (Barry/arr. Raine)

Skyfall – performed by Ms. Kole (Adkins/arr. Raine)

It was a very engaging/fun night, and I’m so happy we had a chance to see the show. You can read more about conductor Albert-George Schram here, and vocalist Hilary Kole here.

~theavidpen

1 Comment

  • Reply annie lee April 4, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    wow, never been to a show like that in my life. looks like fun!

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