I’m not old enough to have ever seen Led Zeppelin live, but I did grow up appreciating it. I’m a music geek. I love the complex arrangements, the rise and fall of the vocals as the music carries you into the telling of the story. Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones. Geniuses.
So it should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me well that I jumped at the chance to see the San Antonio Symphony perform the music of Zep. (Did you watch the video up there? DO IT!)
If Led Zeppelin isn’t your thing, they are also performing the music of Queen the night before (I had a scheduling conflict on that night, alas).
Here’s what you need to know:
“The Music of Queen”
Bridging the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music, conductor/arranger Brent Havens takes the podium on October 23, 2015 at 8 p.m., as he channels the music of Freddy Mercury and Queen into a symphonic experience unlike any other. According to Havens, “The band is reproducing what Queen did live, as closely as possible within the constraints of personnel, and then having an orchestra behind the band gives the music richness, a whole new feel, a whole different sense of color but still preserving the wonderful music that they originally produced.” Familiar songs will entice rock fans to the Symphony for a new appreciation of Queen’s arrangements and Mercury’s vocal style.
“The Music of Led Zeppelin”
Havens’ magic continues on October 24, 2015 at 8 p.m., to present The Music of Led Zeppelin, a program he scored to extend the listening experience of Led Zeppelin’s timeless tunes. Performed by the San Antonio Symphony and amplified with a full rock band and screaming vocals, Havens and his ensemble capture Led Zeppelin’s “sheer blast and power” riff for riff in classics such as Stairway to Heaven, Heartbreaker, Black Dog and Immigrant Song. It’s a night not to miss for Led Zeppelin fans and aficionados of complex compositions.
Tickets start from $25. Rock concert fans can purchase tickets online at ticketmaster.com, by calling (800) 745-3000, or visiting their nearest Ticketmaster location or the Majestic Theatre Box Office.