Hartford Symphony Orchestra Takes On Led Zeppelin

The music of Led Zeppelin is about to get a whole lotta love from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

Under the baton of guest conductor Brett Havens, and featuring mighty Zep interpreter Randy Jackson on vocals, the HSO will do their orchestral Zep thing at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

"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," Havens said in a press release.  "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."

Tickets ($35-$65) go on sale this Friday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. through ticketmaster.com, livenation.com and oakdale.com, or call 800-745-3000.

Jackson, a New Orleans-born musician who fronts the hard rock band Zebra, has been performing Led Zeppelin's music with various orchestras for some time, along with participating in symphonic tributes to the Doors and Pink Floyd. There are tons of clips of Jackson doing LZ on YouTube, but check out this retro Zebra performance of "What Is and What Should Never Be" from 1979.

 

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