BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s the music of Elton John like you’ve never heard before.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra kicks off their SuperPops series this weekend with Michael Cavanaugh playing the Rocket Man’s greatest hits.

Monique Griego got a glimpse of their rehearsal.

It’s “Philadelphia Freedom” with a Charm City twist.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra joins Michael Cavanaugh for the music of Elton John and more.

“I get to sing these songs. I love the songs I grew up with,” said Cavanaugh.

Cavanaugh, a Broadway star and Grammy nominee, is kicking off the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra SuperPops series this weekend. With his band, he will perform the Rocket Man’s greatest hits with the orchestra’s help.

Cavanaugh says adding the orchestra to already great songs just takes them to another level.

“We’re not changing Elton’s music that much, but when you add the Baltimore Symphony behind it it’s a whole new experience,” said Cavanaugh.

Cavanaugh, who plays the guitar and piano, knows he has some big keys to fill.

“I’m going to be me but I’m going to stay true. I’m going to do songs to their justice as best I can,” the musician added.

So whether he’s playing “Your Song” or another, Cavanaugh promises even Elton John’s most devoted fans won’t be disappointed.

“If I don’t have them out of their seats by the end, then I feel I haven’t done my job,” he said.

The music of Elton John and more debuts Thursday night and runs all weekend.

Besides Elton John’s hits they also play a variety of other classic songs.


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