Queen has performed all over the world, both with original lead singer Freddie Mercury and with more recent lead singers Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert. But to the best of our knowledge, they never performed in Lowell or even Greater Lowell.

If you are a fan of Queen, though, you ll want to head over to the Doherty Middle School in Andover on Saturday, Jan. 27, for a concert at 7 p.m., featuring the faculty and student ensemble from the Real School of Music in Andover. Tickets are $12 to $15 and available at www.therealschoolofmusic. com/student-information. Proceeds will be donated to the Susan G Komen Foundation for breast-cancer awareness.

We talked to Real School of Music faculty member Jim Zaroulis last week about the event, and he said they re hoping to fill the 400-seat Doherty Middle School auditorium for the 90-minute concert, which will be broken into two acts and feature full light, professional audio, choreography and visual effects.

Expect to hear most of Queen s biggest hits, including the iconic Bohemian Rhapsody.

As Zaroulis put it, I don t think anyone will go away, Oh, I wish they played The band is made up of five faculty members Matthew Condon-Rivera on lead vocals, Matt Fisher on guitar, Roger Kimball on bass, Dani Fortner on drums and Zaroulis on keyboards while eight students will serve as the backing vocalists.


Zaroulis explained how they decided on performing Queen music.

We have a lot of singers in our vocal department that are heavily involved in their high-school show choirs and musicals, Zaroulis said. Our school has a large ensemble program where we place students in four- or five-piece rock/pop bands. Many singers in the musical- theater milieu tend to shy away or don t necessarily care for the rock lead singer or pop artist role. Some enjoy being part of a larger ensemble.

Matt Fisher had the idea of having those theater kids be featured in a rock n roll setting, and I think it was pretty unanimous that the band Queen was the ultimate choice.

Once the faculty brought the choice to the students, their reaction intrigued Zaroulis. The best part is having high-school students discover that this band was so much more than the songs they hear commercially. We are a school, after all, so there is always an education element with anything we do here. The kids are having a blast, but we really worked them. They re used to singing harmonies in their school choruses, but they never sang harmonies like this, so we applaud them for stepping up and making this happen.

A 17-song playlist is planned.

A family member of a Real School of Music employee underwent cancer treatment last year, which inspired the ensemble to choose the Susan G Komen Foundation as the beneficiary. She is fit as a fiddle and looks great, Zaroulis said, adding that she will be at the show, may make a short speech during intermission and her husband will sing a song with the group. A good time for a good cause. Get your tickets now!