WSO tribute concert to spotlight Elton John and Billy Joel

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The Williamsburg Symphonia recently announced its name change to the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. (Courtesy Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra)
The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra will get classic with a tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel on Jan. 28. (Courtesy Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra)

One married a supermodel. The other befriended a princess.

Together, they’re the rock world’s piano men: Billy Joel and Elton John.

On Jan. 28, they’re the inspiration for the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra’s third annual Cabaret and Cocktails Concert, according to a release.

The performance will feature “Piano Men,” a pop quartet, and their show known as “The Music of Elton and Billy.”

“The music of Billy Joel and Elton John has such broad appeal, and this is a wonderful opportunity to provide something different for our Williamsburg fans,” WSO Music Director Janna Hymes said in the release. “I’m sure this concert will be a thrill for the audience.”

“Piano Men” consists of: Joe Boucher, piano and lead vocals, Christopher Eastburn, bass guitar, Gary Backstrom, lead guitar, and Steve Hodgkin on drums.

Their tribute spotlights the 1970s, when hits by both artists blended piano rock and sometimes complex orchestrations. Among the 19 featured classics are “Your Song,” a ballad made famous by Elton John, and “Piano Man” by Billy Joel.

The concert will take place at Colonial Williamsburg’s Williamsburg Lodge at 8 p.m. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for cocktails and light refreshments.

Tickets are available online and cost $45, $65 and $85. All tickets are table seating. Individual tickets are available. Entire tables can be reserved for groups of 10.

For more about “Piano Men,” visit their website, www.pianomenmusic.com.