Sting, the frontman of the British pop-punk group, The Police, released a new album this week called Symphonicities, which is a play on the 1983 Police album, Synchronicities. The songs on Sting's new album are orchestral versions of his pop songs from the '70s, '80s and '90s, including "Roxanne" and "Every Little Thing You Do Is Magic."
In this week's Arts File on WQXR, Kerry Nolan talks with Anne Midgette, Classical Music Critic at The Washington Post, about Sting's latest crossover album, and about rock musicians crossing over into the classical music arena.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the groups which plays on Symphonicities. Watch a video of The Royal Phil's live rendition of "Roxanne" with Sting below.