Dionne Warwick belted out her pop singles, R&B songs, and audience favorites during her two-night Valentine concert held at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resort recently.
Despite admitting that she was “fighting a cold” that night and asking the audience’s "forgiveness" during the middle of her hour-long performance, the 77-year-old artist still received a standing ovation after ending her Philippine concert.
Considered to be the second most-charted female vocalist of all time, Warwick entertained her Filipino fans with her smoothly soothing voice and solidly likable repertoire. She kept audiences’ attention glued all through the night, with some even shouting for more.
The five-time Grammy award-winner’s first song was “Walk on By.”
Accompanied by Renato Braso on drums, Las Vegas’ Danny on Bass, Todd Hunter on keyboard, and Rob Shrock on piano, Warwick next sang her 1964 Billboard Top 10 hit, “Anyone Who Had a Heart”.
Though Warwick focused on song delivery more than audience rapport, the absence of the latter did not dampen the concert’s elegantly subdued mood.
Warwick’s predominantly mature audiences applauded and sang along with her when she performed “You’ll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart),” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” and “This Girl’s In Love With You.”
She sat on a chair at the center of the stage when she sang a song she described as “very, very near to her heart” - the 1967 Billboard hit, “I Say A Little Prayer.”
According to Warwick, the version she sang in Solaire was updated for the “21st century” and that she “approached it” in a “new way.” The jazzy version was positively received by the audience.
She followed this up with the 1966 song "Alfie" and 1982’s "Heartbreaker."
Before she sang the 1972 Bossa Nova Brazilian song, “Waters of March,” and “Brazil," Warwick turned personal when she shared that she considered “mystical, spectacular Brazil” as her “second home.”
Warwick later jived to the rhythm of her 1968 single, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose.”
She also reminded and subtly scolded the audience to applaud when the singer received a lukewarm response upon introducing the members of her band.
Warwick remarked, “Applause is the stuff that nourishes an entertainer.” The audience appropriately responded with stronger and louder claps as the American singer again introduced the members of her band.
After which, theatre luminary Audie Gemora went up on stage to give Warwick a bouquet of flowers.
Warwick continued her performance with her 2012 song “Love is the Answer.” She followed this with the 1975 single “99 Miles from LA.”
The last three songs Warwick performed elicited nostalgia from the audience who sang the popular lyrics along with her.
Audiences screamed and similarly belted out her Grammy Award-winning, Gold-certified 1979 hit “I’ll Never Love This Way Again.” She quickly followed this with another audience favorite, “What the World Needs Now”.
She capped the pre-Valentine evening with the 1982 Burt Bacharach-penned pop song “That’s What Friends Are For.”
The concert ended with Dionne Warwick’s beautiful albeit raspy voice wishing the audience “God bless” and “Have a wonderful night.”