Spokane Symphony to perform Music of Led ZeppelinThursday May 4, 2017 • Press Release
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SPOKANE— The Spokane Symphony will bridge the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music performing Windborne’s The Music of Led Zeppelin on Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m. at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Special guest conductor, creator Brent Haven guest leads the orchestra. The concert includes a full-size, amplified rock band, and singer Randy Jackson on vocals. Together, they will recreate the hits of Led Zeppelin riff for riff, capturing the blast and power of the Led Zeppelin sound.
“My concept for The Music of Led Zeppelin was to take the music as close to the originals as we could and then add some colors to enhance what Zep had done,” says Havens. “The wonderful thing with an orchestra is that you have an entire palette to call upon. The band is reproducing what Led Zeppelin did on the albums, verbatim, and then having an orchestra behind the band gives the music a richness, a whole different feel, a whole different sense of power.”
Delivering a note-for-note interpretation, vocalist Randy Jackson (lead singer of the rock band Zebra), shrieks brilliantly, acting as a window between the audience and the reworked material. “The music itself is one thing, but Jackson more than captures the spirit of legendary Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant,” says Havens.
In creating the score, Havens used Led Zeppelin’s intricate rhythm patterns and unusual progressions.
“I was quite impressed with the complexity of the rhythms,” says Havens. “I’ve asked myself if they actually sat down and said, ‘alright we need a three-eight bar here, or we need to go from four-four to seven-eight and back…’ I don’t think so. I think they just banged it out and it worked and it felt good.”
The 2-plus hour concert features 18 Zeppelin tunes, including Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker, Black Dog and Immigrant Song.
“On Immigrant Song I have the violins doing that ‘Ah-ah-ah part,’ up an octave from Jackson, and the French Horns are doing it with him in the same register,” says Havens. “Then we have the brass kickin’ in the back, doing the accents. It rips.”
Tickets are available with personalized service in advance at the Box Office at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague, or by calling 509-624-1200. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.spokanesymphony.org. Tickets are also available at all TicketsWest outlets or by calling 1-800-325-SEATBACK