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KSO to perform ‘Music of Led Zeppelin’ rock symphony

March 30, 2016

March 29, 2016

Rachel Dellinger
KSO Director of Communications
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The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will perform The Music of Led Zeppelin as part of the Knoxville News Sentinel Pops Series. Amplified by a full rock band and accompanied by singer and Zebra front man Randy Jackson’s screaming vocals, creator Brent Havens guest conducts the KSO as they capture Led Zeppelin’s “sheer blast and power.”

The concert will be held Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium and is sponsored by Regions Bank and Old Forge Distillery. View seats and purchase tickets.

Vocalist Randy Jackson

Vocalist Randy Jackson

In 1995, Brent Havens, founder of Windborne Music, created his first production of a classic rock orchestra – The Music of Led Zeppelin. Since then, the show has been met with great success across North America. This concert dedicated to the music and style of the 1970s features 18 Zeppelin tunes, including “Stairway to Heaven,” “Heartbreaker,” “Black Dog” and “Immigrant Song.”

“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. “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, Jackson, lead singer of the rock band Zebra, shrieks 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,” Havens said.


Tickets may be purchased by calling 865-291-3310 or visiting our website. Single tickets range from $21 to $63. Children and students, ages 2 through college age, can purchase tickets at a discounted rate.

About Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Established in 1935, the KSO has contributed to the cultural life in East Tennessee continuously for 80 years, providing excellence in musical and educational programs. The Orchestra consists of 80 professional musicians and performs 250 programs throughout the region each season, reaching audiences of more than 200,000 people. The KSO performs in traditional venues such as the Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre and the Civic Auditorium, as well as nontraditional places like hospitals, schools, city parks and churches.  The KSO is currently undergoing the search for a new Music Director, to be announced in 2016. For more information please visit


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