Four blokes impersonate the London Symphony Orchestra

After Outer Banks Forum president Eddie Cooke announced that instead of advertised performers the London Quartet, Saturday evening’s entertainment would be provided by the London Symphony Orchestra, poseurs Michael Steffan, baritone, Mark Fleming and Steven Brooks, tenors, and Richard Bryan, counter-tenor, took the stage and proceeded to perform the instrumental overture to Rossini’s The Barber of Seville – with no more instruments than their voices. Without a bass, the evening’s airs took on a slightly ethereal quality, which well suited the program of 16th- to 20th-century music from madrigals to rock by such as Thomas Weelkes (b. 1575), the Gershwin bros., Duke Ellington and Lennon and McCartney, not to mention Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, Wagner and the rest of the usual suspects.

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