Arrival from Sweden Plays the Music of ABBA
When ABBA split in 1982, their passing didn’t arouse a great deal of public mourning. Much like the Bee Gees, the Swedish quartet had come to be viewed as aremnant of the previous decade, not suited to the brave new world of new wave and MTV. But then, gradually, ABBA became stronger in absentia than anyone could have imagined. Gestures of tribute such as the film Muriel’s Wedding and the play Mamma Mia! served to remind the masses that theirs was one of the most extraordinary catalogues in pop. (In 2010, the band sold more than 375 million units.) Perhaps the greatest testament to ABBA’s enduring popularity is that, in the absence of a reunion (the four members have turned down countless lucrative oers), tribute acts have become a major attraction. Of the lot, however, only doppelgänger Arrival from Sweden is oicially sanctioned by the genuine article—and they also wear a reproduction wardrobe designed by the band’s same tailor from 40-odd years ago. “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.” and the rest of ABBA’s hits will be treated to original orchestral grandeur when Arrival from Sweden performs them alongside the VSO and conductor William Rowson.
The Deets Date: May 2 Venue: Orpheum Theatre Price: $50–$75 vancouversymphony.ca