- Classical music and rock ‘n’ roll will be combined once
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra announced it will perform the
music of Led Zeppelin for a one-night-only show at 8 p.m. Dec.
13 at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee.
orchestra will be joined by a live Zeppelin tribute band,
featuring lead signer Randy Jackson. Creator Brent Havens
serves as the guest conductor.
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,” Havens said. ”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.”
to a release, Jackson - the lead singer of the Zebras - will
deliver a note-for-note interpretation, acting as a window
between the audience and reworked material.
music itself is one thing, but Jackson more than captures the
spirit of legendary Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant,”
two-plus-hour concert will feature 18 Zeppelin tunes,
including “Stairway to Heaven,” “Heartbreaker,”
“Black Dog” and the “Immigrant Song.” It also includes
a light show.
‘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,” Havens
said. ”Then we have the brass kickin’ in the back, doing
the accents. It rips.”
music of Led Zeppelin? Havens felt Zeppelin’s intricate
rhythm patterns and unusual progression contained within
straight forward rock ‘n’ roll makes them an ideal choice
quite impressed with the complexity of the rhythms,” he
said. “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
symphonic rock hybrid has met with approval on both sides of
the podium, according to a release.
first came on stage, the audience gave us polite, almost
classical applause,” Havens said. “Then we hit the first
note and they realized it was a rock show.”
musicians also enjoy the change of pace.
concert, during ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ the entire string
section pulled out Bic lighters,” Havens said.
for the show are $45.50 and $37.50 and go on sale at noon
Friday. They can be purchased at www.pabsttheater.org/show/msoledzeppelin2014
or call 414-286-3663 or 800-511-1552.
Riverside Theater is located at 116 W. Wisconsin Ave.