Marie Osmond brings selections from her latest album ‘Unexpected’ to Lakeland

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Marie Osmond brings six decades of music to Lakeland with ”An Evening with Marie Osmond” on January 22.

Nine-time Grammy nominee and one-time winner, Osmond will perform a range of musical styles from pop to Broadway, classics and even traditional opera.

Speaking from his home near Zion National Park in southwestern Utah, Osmond said “An Evening with Marie Osmond” will also include selections from “Unexpected,” released Dec. 10. 1 in Billboard’s Current Classic Albums.

“Unexpected” follows Osmond’s 2016 Top 10 Billboard Country album, “Music is Medicine.” It focuses on orchestral pieces and classical standards as well as classical opera repertoire, including “Nessun Dorma” from Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Turandot”, “Lascia ch’io Pianga” by George Frideric Handel from l opera “Rinaldo”, “Pie Jesu”, from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Dies Irae” and Antonin Dvorak’s “Song to the Moon” from “Rusalka”.

Although opera is highlighted, the show will include songs from Broadway as well as pop-rock tunes from his days with The Osmonds and accompanying his brother, Donny Osmond, on stage and in the studio.

Donny and Marie scored Billboard’s top 10 hits with 1974’s “I’m Leaving It Up to You” and “Morning Side of the Mountain.” “Deep Purple” reached No. 14 the following year. As a solo artist, her debut single “Paper Roses” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country and Adult Contemporary charts in 1973 and she scored No. 1 country hits with “Meet Me in Montana (1985)”, “ There’s No Stopping Your Heart (1985)” and “You’re Still New to Me (1986)”.

With what she said was an eclectic mix of music, Osmond called Saturday’s gig a “music festival.” She will be accompanied by the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra (formerly the Imperial Symphony Orchestra), as well as two singers: Daniel Emmet, finalist of the television show “America’s Got Talent” for season 13, and her 37-year-old nephew, David Osmond, a successful solo artist.

“I think people think it’s going to be a totally classic night, which it isn’t. It’s six decades of performance,” she said. “You’ll hear from ‘Paper Roses’ to ‘Meet Me in Montana’ to songs from ‘Unexpected.’ But the real reason I’m on tour, honestly, is because people need joy again.

Osmond – who also has three New York Times bestselling books – said that in addition to concerts, she travels the United States in an RV and on a motorbike “just for fun”. She said that was the goal of her current tour.

“It’s the sound, the laughs, the stories – it’s the night,” said Osmond, who spent 11 years performing in Las Vegas. “I know what it’s like to go through tough times and if I can help and encourage people to be positive, that’s what I enjoy doing the most. It’s not me who stays there to make song, after song, after song. It’s a fun night, I promise.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO:

WHAT: An evening with Marie Osmond

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., January 22

WHERE: Youkey Theater RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland

COST: $67, $73, $83, $158; parking $10

INFORMATION: 863-834-8100; 888-397-0100; www.rpfundingcenter.co