The Glendale Renaissance Orchestra started the second concert of its inaugural season with a strong beat set firmly by Victor Venacore, guest conductor for a night of pops music.
Leading both the Renaissance Orchestra and his touring group of musicians and singers, the personable arranger/conductor/pianist presented "Red White and Blues, The Star Spangled Rhythms of America." And as the music kept coming, the beat just got better in the two-hour show at Glendale's Americana at Brand on Thursday night.
Vanacore and his group of five backup musicians and two singers melded smoothly with the mostly pickup local freelancers that made up the Renaissance Orchestra. The good-sized crowd enjoyed the outdoor concert from seats located in the Americana central park to hear a scrapbook of pops hits that straddled 60 years with music arranged by the conductor.
The group incorporated musical favorites in styles that ranged from Detroit soul and early rock to TV theme songs, a Glenn Miller hit and a Jackson 5 medley. With a solid beat from drummer Simon Carroll, the program opened with Barry Manilow's "Bandstand Boogie" featuring singers Alexx Daye and Tony Galla.