On stage, Maksim sits at the piano facing directly to the right. The audience on the left half has a great view of him and the keys of the piano. Those on the right side can’t see his hands or the keys. All they can see is his head bobbing. So, definitely sit on the left side if possible.
Early in the set, he plays “In the Hall of the Mountain King”. Many bands have covered this song including The Offspring, ELO, The Who, and Deep Purple. Maksim’s version is great and fits in well with these others.
Next up is “Clocks” by Coldplay. He converted the vocals into piano notes and it sounds great. This a great song choice as Coldplay is the #3 most tracked artist on Songkick.
Afterward he plays “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. This is another great crowd pleaser that displays his crossover appeal. He plays the piano with such great passion.
In the middle of the concert, Maksim leaves the stage and the band plays three songs without him. It’s a good idea to showcase the band like this, but three straight songs seemed like a bit much.
Later on he plays “Nutcracker Fantasy”. It’s a bit odd to hear this outside of the Christmas season, but it still sounds great.
“The Flight of the Bumble Bee” displays his lightening quick piano playing skill fantastically. It was a great choice to have near the end of this great night of music.
Cost of a ticket: $140 (Main Floor Rear)
PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Half Price
Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother