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The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel


Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published February 7, 2019

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Another in their series of outstanding presentations, The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel finds The Fort Wayne Philharmonic teaming up with Conductor Michael Krajewski and vocalists A.J. Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle. On Feb. 16 at The Embassy Theatre, they will pay homage to one of the most prolific songwriting and singing duos in American music history.

Simon & Garfunkel were one of the heavyweights of the 1960s generation and gave us hits like “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “The Boxer,” and “The Sound of Silence.” They won ten Grammy awards and sold millions of albums in the process. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 alongside The Who and The Kinks.

The goal of The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel is ambitious: capture the essence of the folk rockers with beautiful acoustic arrangements and added vocals. For their part, Swearingen and Beedle have performed the music of Simon & Garfunkel for many years, garnering rave reviews as they recreate the songs with care and precision, transporting the audience back to an era when Volkswagen buses ruled and flower power was the energy of the future.

Krajewski, in his own right, is a much sought after conductor in symphonic pops and has conducted the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras as well as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, among dozens of others. With this collection of talent, it’s sure to be memorable night of entertainment.

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