Honor the King of Rock & Roll with the Symphonic Sounds of Elvis featuring Maestro Joe Guercio, with very special guests Elvis’s Imperials and vocalist Andy Childs on Sat. Sept 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the xfinity arena. The show is free, and a limited number of premium reserved tickets are available for $25. Purchasing tickets prior to the show date include free Fair admission.
Maestro Joe Guercio first began working with Elvis in the summer of 1970 and continued to be his musical conductor and director of his symphony shows until his last moment on stage in the summer of 1977. Sparked by his spontaneity and enthusiasm on stage, Guercio learned to adjust to Elvis’ lead and described his experience to be “like following a marble down concrete steps." He went on to describe his orchestra’s deft ability to follow his erratic lead: “The rhythm section knew him backwards and forwards, but when you're up there conducting a twenty-six-piece orchestra, what are you gonna do?”
Guercio’s role as the music director at the International Hotel in Las Vegas launched his career with Elvis and they formed a close relationship. It was Guercio’s contributions that outlined the success of Elvis’s “concert era” and it was he who conducted The King of Rock & Roll’s six-note theme for his signature entrance and bows. It was also Guercio who suggested that Elvis use the theme from “2001- A Space Odyssey” for his iconic stage entrances.
Apart from working with Elvis, Guercio is famed for collaborating with renowned acts such as Barbara Streisand and Natalie Cole, daughter of the late Nat “King” Cole, launching her 1990s solo career. Even after his death, Guercio kept Elvis’s legend alive. In August 2012 he directed the Elvis 35th Anniversary Concert in Memphis as part of the weeklong celebration of his life.
Elvis Presley’s legend lives on and his legacy will rock The Big E harder than ever. Maestro Joe Guercio, Andy Childs, and Elvis’s Imperials contribute to the many attractions that make The Big E one of the most popular September activities in the area. The Fair’s richness in food, culture and entertainment attract hundreds of thousands of fairgoers each year.
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