EDMONTON — The echoes of Loreena McKennitt’s enchanting melodies still linger in the air as the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium played host to a musical spectacle that will undoubtedly be etched in the memories of the 2500-strong audience. The first day of the “Loreena McKennitt The Visit Revisited Tour” unfolded today, leaving concert-goers awe-struck and eager for more.
As the lights dimmed and the curtains rose, the concert hall buzzed with anticipation, every seat filled to capacity. The Canadian singer-songwriter, flanked by a stellar ensemble of musicians — Brian Hughes on Guitars and Bouzouki, Caroline Lavelle on Cello, Recorder, and Vocals, Hugh Marsh on Violin, and Dudley Phillips on Electric and Double Bass — took the stage amidst a sea of applause.
From the very first note, her ethereal soundscape enveloped the auditorium, transporting the audience to realms where Celtic and Middle Eastern influences seamlessly blended. The harmony of instruments, the resonance of Loreena’s voice, and the skillful interplay of the musicians created an atmosphere that was nothing short of magical.
What set this concert apart was not just the music, but her ability to connect with the audience on a personal level. In between the melodies, she shared snippets of her life experiences, amusing anecdotes, and the stories behind her timeless songs. The rapport she established with the listeners transformed the concert hall into an intimate space, a shared journey through the corridors of her creativity.
As a member of the audience, being a part of this musical extravaganza felt like stepping into a spring oasis amid the onset of winter. The warmth of the melodies, the richness of the narratives, and the genuine connection forged between Loreena and her fans created an experience that transcended the usual boundaries of a concert.
Having attended the concert as a family, we found ourselves swept away by the sheer artistry on display. McKennitt’s ability to seamlessly blend various cultural influences into a cohesive musical journey is unparalleled. The evening wasn’t just a concert; it was a shared experience that will be etched in our memories.
As we bask in the afterglow of this musical spectacle, it’s exciting to note that Loreena McKennitt’s enchanting tour continues. Tomorrow, on November 13, the magical notes will resonate in Calgary, AB, at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for those who missed the Edmonton performance to immerse themselves in the unparalleled artistry of Loreena McKennitt.