TAKE A ‘STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN’ WITH THE DSO’S LED ZEPPELIN REVIVAL CONCERT

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DETROIT, (December 20, 2013) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will show a “Whole Lotta Love” for the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll with A Tribute to Led Zeppelin on Friday, January 17 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, January 18 at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.

Accompanied by a full rock band, this headbanging Pops Series program will be led by conductor and composer Brent Havens and feature soloist Randy Jackson performing Led Zeppelin’s greatest hits.

ABOUT BRENT HAVENS

Berklee-trained arranger/conductor Brent Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS and ABC Family Channel Network, commercials, sports music for networks such as ESPN and even cartoons. Havens has also worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale attended by over 150,000 fans. He has worked with some of the world’s greatest orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the San Diego Symphony and countless others.

Havens recently completed the score for the film “Quo Vadis,” a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film. Havens is Arranger/Guest Conductor for seven symphonic rock programs – the Music of Led Zeppelin, the Music of the Doors, the Music of Pink Floyd, the Music of the Eagles, the Music of Queen, the Music of Michael Jackson and most recently, the Music of The Who!

ABOUT RANDY JACKSON

Randy Jackson is the lead singer/guitarist for the rock band Zebra. Randy’s first foray into recording success began with the self-titled Zebra debut album, released on Atlantic Records in 1983. Critically acclaimed for its lush rock sounds, due in large part to Jackson’s searing lead vocals and soaring guitar leads, the album sold 75,000 copies the first week. “Who’s Behind The Door” and “Tell Me What You Want”, written by Jackson, received serious notice in the press, and helped to form legions of Zebra fans almost

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instantly. The latest Zebra release, “Zebra IV”, was also produced and engineered by Jackson.

Randy toured as keyboardist, guitarist and backing vocalist in 1989 with the original, reunited Jefferson Airplane, their last tour together. He has also worked extensively in the area of musical software and hardware development.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to see A Tribute to Led Zeppelin at Orchestra Hall range from $19-$68 and $105 for box seats. Tickets may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cyder@dso.org.

PERFORMANCE

A Tribute to Led Zeppelin

Brent Havens, conductor

Randy Jackson, soloist

Fri., Jan. 17 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.

ABOUT THE DSO

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.

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