Strings & Sting

Sting hits the road this year with an orchestra in tow to perform symphonic arrangements of Police songs and his own tunes.

Accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Steven Mercurio, the tour launches in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the Centre For The Performing Arts June 2, plays Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre June 9, Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl June 15 and the Ravinia Festival located outside Chicago July 17 and 18.

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"Hope for Haiti Now: a Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief," New York City

Other dates yet to be announced will be for shows in New York, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle and Washington, D.C., as well as Canada towns Montreal and Toronto. Other North American cities will also be added to the tour as will dates for the U.K. and Europe in the coming weeks.

What can fans expect? Reworkings of classic Police songs like “Roxanne,” “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” and “Every Breath You Take,” and selections from Sting’s own solo career, including “Englishman in New York,” “Russians” and “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You.”

Sting’s interest in working with orchestras began in 2008 when he was invited to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. That concert, along with a performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra on the 153rd anniversary of the Academy Of Music inspired him to start planning his own symphonic excursions.

“Performing with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra was truly a highlight of my career,” Sting said. “I’m delighted by this new opportunity to tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and reinterpret the songs I’ve been playing for many years.”

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The Cathedral of St. John The Devine, New York City

Promoted by Live Nation and produced by RZO Entertainment in association with Universal Music Classical Management and Productions, American Express pre-sales for Los Angeles and Denver begin March 1 at 10 a.m. local time and run through March 7 and fan club presales begin March 5 and run through March 7. General onsales for Los Angeles, Denver and Vancouver begin March 8 at 10 a.m. local time. For more information, click here for Sting’s Web site.