March 4, 2015



The Music of Led Zeppelin: A Rock Symphony
Sunday, April 26, 2015 | 7:30 pm
Brent Havens, conductor
Randy Jackson, vocals

(PORTLAND, Ore.) – The Oregon Symphony’s 2014/15 season continues to grow in both numbers of concerts and the season’s span across the musical spectrum, with the addition of The Music of Led Zeppelin.

Bridging the distance between rock ‘n’ roll and classical music, The Music of Led Zeppelin was created by Brent Havens. Amplified by a full rock band and accompanied by singer Randy Jackson’s screaming vocals, creator Brent Havens guest conducts the ensemble as they capture Led Zeppelin’s “sheer blast and power,” riff for riff while churning out new musical colors.

Why the music of Led Zeppelin? Havens felt Led Zeppelin’s intricate rhythm patterns and unusual progressions contained within straight-forward rock ‘n’ roll makes them an ideal choice for scoring.

“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), sings brilliantly, acting as a window between the audience and reworked material. “The music itself is one thing, but Jackson more than captures the spirit of legendary Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant,” says Havens.

The concert features 18 Zeppelin tunes, including “Stairway to Heaven,” “Heartbreaker,” “Black Dog” and “Immigrant Song.”

The symphonic rock hybrid has met with approval on both sides of the podium. “When we first came on stage, the audience gave us polite, almost classical applause,” says Havens. “Then we hit the first note and they realized it was a rock show.”

Classical musicians also enjoy the change of pace; “In one concert, during “Stairway to Heaven,” the entire string section pulled out Bic lighters!” laughs Havens.

The addition of The Music of Led Zeppelin brings the Oregon Symphony’s season to a total of 77 performances of 45 separate concerts. Additional concerts will continue to be added to the season as it progresses.

The Music of Led Zeppelin tickets are now available, beginning at $35. Tickets are available at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, 923 SW Washington St., in downtown Portland. Ticket Office hours are 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 from 10 am to 9 pm, at the concert hall box office starting two hours before the performance, or online at any time from the orchestra’s website,

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