As he curates the set list and arrangements of 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince, acclaimed drummer and creative Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson enlists the talents of GRAMMY® Award winner Brent Fischer—a member of the original arranger team behind Prince—to arrange selected music titles* into an orchestral setting. Additionally, he taps the vast musical talents of Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
Performing in major markets across North America this fall, 4U makes history as “the first and only official Estate approved symphonic presentation of Prince’s music.” 4U comes to Asheville’s US Cellular Center on Friday, September 14th at 8:00pm with the Asheville Symphony. Prices are $79.50, $59.50, and $49.50 plus applicable fees. Tickets are available through the US Cellular Center Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-745-3000.
“In that respect, it feels completely apropos for the production to welcome Fischer’s orchestral arranging talents and production experience.” says Questlove. Notably, Brent and his late father Dr. Clare Fischer collaborated directly with Prince throughout three decades. Among countless classic recordings, their distinct sonic fingerprint can be felt on Sign O’ The Times, Graffiti Bridge, and Parade as well as on the big-screen in Under The Cherry Moon and Batman. Cited as one of the “GRAMMY® Seminal Moments” by show producer Ken Ehrlich, the father-and-son duo co-wrote the arrangement that powered the famous 2004 “Prince Medley” as the younger Fischer joined Beyoncé and Prince as an orchestra percussionist during the ceremony.
About his involvement in this historic production, Brent Fischer (Usher, Michael Jackson, D’Angelo, Elvis Costello & The Roots) said, “Questlove is one of the most innovative artists of today. Between his encyclopedic knowledge of and my history with Prince, we see eye-to-eye on so many creative levels and have a deep respect for preserving Prince’s amazing output.”
Meanwhile, Atwood-Ferguson lends his expansive musicality to the production. With credits ranging from Ray Charles to Dr. Dre, the world-renowned multi-instrumentalist, session musician, composer, producer, conductor, and DJ will handle instrumentation.
A full 27-piece orchestra comprised of the world-class talent of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra will breathe new life into timeless smashes as well as deep cuts throughout Prince’s formidable catalog.
On September 14th the Prince Estate, in partnership with Warner Bros. Records, will release the Piano & A Microphone 1983 album. The nine track, 35-minute album features a previously unreleased home studio cassette recording of Prince at his piano captured in 1983. The album is available now to pre-order on CD, LP, Deluxe CD+LP, digital release and pre-save for streaming here: https://lnk.to/PrincePAAM
Sony Music Entertainment and the Prince Estate recently inked an exclusive distribution agreement covering 35 essential previously released album titles from the Prince catalog from 1978-2015.
Hear the music of Prince like never before at 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince.
*For You Intro, Nothing Compares 2 U, I Wonder U medley, It Ain’t Over ’Til the Fat Lady Sings, Venus de Milo/Alexa de Paris medley, All My Dreams/1999 medley