Zeppelin tribute closes out Belleayre season

Highmount — The Belleayre Music Festival season wraps up in hard-rocking style with “America’s No. 1 Tribute Show” The Music of Led Zeppelin - A Rock Symphony on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.
Bridging the gulf between rock-n-roll and classical music, conductor/arranger Brent Havens takes the podium to present “The Music of Led Zeppelin,” a soaring, orchestral interpretation of some of rock’s most classic tunes.

Performed by a full orchestra and amplified with a full rock band and the Robert Plant-like vocals of Randy Jackson, Havens and his ensemble capture Led Zeppelin’s “sheer blast and power” riff for riff while cranking out new musical colors. The two-plus-hour concert features 18 Zeppelin tunes, including “Stairway to Heaven,” “Heartbreaker,” “Black Dog” and “Immigrant Song.”
The rock band, orchestra and elaborate lighting will combine to make this the biggest show ever produced at the Belleayre Music Festival.

The music features a massive array of songs from the Zeppelin catalog, many of which already had some orchestration. It was a perfect fit for Mr. Havens’ vision. Whether the orchestra is playing the lush harmonies afforded the songs or reimagining the lick-based lines that were created by Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, the driving tunes allow the musicians to dig into their instruments and rock with the band or play counterpoint melodies to the guitar solos or singer.
The Music of Led Zeppelin was begun in 1995. Finding Randy Jackson to handle the part was fortuitous and he was a perfect fit for the show.

Much of the Zeppelin catalog already had some orchestration, so it was a perfect fit for this concept. Whether the orchestra is playing the lush harmonies afforded the songs or playing the lick-based lines that were created by Plant, Page and John Paul Jones, the driving tunes allow the musicians to dig into their instruments and rock with the band or play counterpoint melodies to the guitar solos or singer.

The idea was to keep the band as close to the original recordings as possible and to wrap the orchestra around the band as one big entity. Rather than the orchestra being a separate part of the music, it becomes another instrument within the band. The show even features an electric violin.
Plus, it’s a real rock show with rock lighting — and even a mirrorball! Come to the concert ready to be amazed.

Tickets are $66/56/46/36/25 (lawn) and are on sale via Ticketmaster. For additional information, please call 800 942-6904, ext. 1344, visit: belleayremusic.org or e-mail: belleayremusicfestival@gmail.com
Belleayre Music Festival concerts are held on the grounds of Belleayre Mountain in Highmount.