“Beauty & The Beat” is something very different than your ordinary rock show, let alone your ordinary classic concert. It’s music played in an unorthodox manner, it’s the performance of a wide range of classical pieces and rock songs together with an orchestra and choir. It strikes you with awe. Originally planned as a one-time event – the first performance was already held in 2011, the show was too successful with fans and critics to simply never happen again. In spring 2013, Tarja Turunen and drummer Mike Terrana, who is also part of her current live band, toured throughout the world, from Poland over Russia to Mexico. During this tour, the live CD, DVD and Blu-ray was recorded in stunning HD.
“Beauty & The Beat”’s music ranges from immortal classic music pieces ranging from Bach, Strauss and Mozart to Rossini, and doesn’t neglect pure rock music with songs from Led Zeppelin, Queen and Tarja’s as well as Mike’s own pieces. All combined with an enormous orchestra sound, energetic drums and Tarja’s angelic voice. Tarja and Mike complement each other musically. Whereas Mike bangs his drums like a mad man, Tarja shines with her crystal clear voice and incredible stage presence all lulled with the warm, full sound of an orchestra.
Tarja Turunen explains: “The idea of having a symphonic orchestra, choir and Mr. Terrana on drums was originally mine. I believe this kind of combination of instruments, particularlyplaying mainly classical music, is very unique. I have been making collaborations with orchestras before, but those concerts were different. Our main goal with this kind of concerts is that the younger audience experiences the beauty and power of a symphonic orchestra and choir. Hopefully it will serve as an introduction to classical music for some of our fans.” Mike Terrana jokingly adds: “It’s obvious that I provide the BEAT & Tarja provides the BEAUTY.”