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March 7, 2013

Classic band Renaissance comes to Tupelo

LONDONDERRY — World-renowned progressive rock pioneers Renaissance will perform at the Tupelo Music Hall on April 19 at 8 p.m.

The band’s current appearances are the first since the death last November of principal composer/guitarist Michael Dunford. Lead vocalist and lyricist Annie Haslam will continue to lead the new, revitalized Renaissance now honoring 40 years of music achievements.

Shows feature a mix of repertoire from the band’s classic albums, as well as title tracks from their new studio album, “Grandine il Vento.”

Haslam, Dunford and company first took the helm from former Yardbirds members Keith Relf and Jim McCarty in 1971 and soon had established Renaissance as a world-class recording and touring act, able to sell out venues like New York’s Carnegie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall in London.

They would go on to release more than a dozen albums before eventually parting ways in the mid-1980s. The band reunited in 2001 to record a new album and tour.

Renaissance’s current lineup includes Haslam with five world-class musicians whose talents maintain the group’s high standards of musicianship and creativity that provides the foundation for their seminal fusion of rock, avant-garde experimentation and classical composition.

Keyboardist Rave Tesar and bassist/vocalist David J. Keyes are veterans of prior incarnations of Renaissance, as well as Haslam’s solo band and recordings. Keyboardist/vocalist Jason Hart has recorded and performed extensively with Rufus Wainwright, Duncan Sheik, Antony and the Johnsons, and Keren Ann among others. Drummer Frank Pagano has worked with artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen and the Smashing Pumpkins. Guitarist/vocalist Ryche Chlanda completes the Renaissance lineup.

Tickets for Renaissance are $45 and available by calling 437-5100 or visit tupelohall.com. The Tupelo Music Hall is located at 2 Young Road in Londonderry.

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