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The Song Remains (Mostly) the Same: DSO Takes on Led Zeppelin


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The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has featured music from a variety of composers.

But a bit different symphonic sound invaded Orchestra Hall this week.

It was  the music of Led Zeppelin, backed by the DSO.

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Brent Havens conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra before jumping into the audience to dance with crowd members.

The conductor and arranger of the piece, Brent Havens, has produced dozens of shows incorporating orchestral music with the likes of Queen, Prince and Michael Jackson.

Havens also revealed some snazzy moves as he jumped into the crowd in Detroit during the classic Zep tune ”Dancing Days.”

He says Led Zeppelin’s intricate-yet-bombastic songs are a natural to showcase what he calls “the power of an orchestra.”


Click the audio link above to hear the full interview with Brent Havens


Here’s an excerpt of the Led Zeppelin show featuring the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra:

Image credit: Dawn Uhl-Zifilippo/WDET

About the Author

Quinn Klinefelter

Senior News Editor

I grab news in the morning, check the papers and the wires, call sources and take a big gulp of coffee. That’s how I start the day.  

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