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Sedona International Film Festival Presents

Mercury: The Life and Music of Queen’s Freddie Mercury

LIVE Performance with
International countertenor Terry Barber

Saturday, March 18, 2023  7:00 pm

$30 Advance, $35 Door

For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177.

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Award-winning, World-renowned International Countertenor Terry Barber stars in an intimate look at Queen’s music legend

Terry Barber brings his acclaimed live production Mercury: The Life and Music of Queen’s Freddie Mercury to Cottonwood when he performs at the Old Town Center for the Arts, March 18 at 7:00 PM.

Mercury is not as much a tribute to Queen as an exploration of the man’s life and work. When Farrokh “Freddie” Bulsara was eight years old, his parents sent him thousands of miles away to a boarding school in India. The family saw each other once a year. The very shy boy Freddie felt very much alone and lonely. He developed a protective skin. In music, he started to find a way out. The bravado developed at school became a big part of his stage persona. Part broken man and part rock god, Freddie Mercury showed it all on stage, and left it all there.

In this new show about the man he reveres, Terry Barber sings Freddie’s songs, and explores the conflicts between his personal and public lives revealed by his music. Barber shares the story of each song, and locates its place in Freddie’s constellation of selves.

In the mid-80s, Freddie was diagnosed with HIV. Though at the beginning he publicly denied rumors about his condition, his bandmates knew long before the rest of the world. It was Freddie’s determination to record and perform through his failing health that inspired guitarist Brian May to write Show Must Go On! and Who Wants to Live Forever.

Mercury stars international countertenor Terry Barber who - like Freddie Mercury - has a four-octave range. He was a longtime member of the Grammy Award-winning all-male a cappella chorus Chanticleer, and a Grammy nominee for his own album, Christmas Presence. Barber’s Reimagined Mercury album was considered for 8 Grammy nominations.

Barber has performed all over the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and Moscow’s Svetlanov Hall. His voice can be heard on many major record labels with a variety of music makers from Madonna to the London Philharmonic.

All tickets include a meet-and-greet with Terry Barber in the lobby after each show.

For tickets, please call 928-282-1177 or visit the film festival box office at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

Because of limited seating, SIFF and OTCA recommend purchasing advanced tickets. Please call 928-282-1177 day of show to check ticket availability for door sales.

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