I have to say as a longtime Yanni music lover, watching this latest concert of his was almost a shock. This is his first "vocalist\ concerts," where singers, not his musicians took the forefront.
I was a little disappointed as his three previous concerts all rated a "10," and are still watched numerous times by me. I'm used to hearing nothing but his fabulous instrumentals with a full orchestra with some of the most talented musicians on earth! So......hearing and watching four vocalists, with nothing much new instrumentally, was somewhat of a bummer.
Yanni says these "kids" have rejuvenated him, given him a new life.....but I hope he doesn't abandon his writing and his great orchestral numbers. That would be a huge loss to the music world.
Having said all of the above, the four artists he features here are, naturally, very talented and the show is wonderfully-filmed, as always. There are two males - Nathan Pacheco and Ender Thomas - and two females - Choloe Lowery and Leslie Mills. In a nutshell, Pacheo is a Andrea Bocelli-type with a superb voice and subdued manner while Thomas is a Michael Bolton lookalike and a singer who moves a lot. He gets the girls in the audience going. He frequently pairs up with Chole, who also is a combination singer-dancer. Chole is the real dancer of the foursome, with the legs to prove it. She's the most dynamic of the four singers. Mills is more laid-back like Pacheco.
All four singers are great singers and great-looking, something Yanni seems to like! Speaking of looks, it's a shock to see Yanni with short hair and no mustache! Yes, Yanni now looks the average guy on the street. Who would believe it?! No, he's not clean cut; he looks like he hasn't shaved in five days.....but it's a radical change from his traditional look over the years. Then again, so is this concert. I'm confident, however, that with several viewings I'll like it a lot more.
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