The Music of Led Zeppelin: A Rock Symphony might be the Phoenix Symphonys highest-grossing concert of the season, and thats the point. Geezers with elbow patches on their jackets are an endangered species, so orchestras like the London Symphony with its salute to the Beatles are going to great lengths to cultivate Gen Next. But who would have thought, back in 1970, when Robert Plant was unhitching his knickers and displaying his golden pubes for all the world to see, that youd ever witness a respectable symphony wailing on Immigrant Song? Heartbreaker? Black Dog? Not that this is a bad thing. If youre gonna sic a string section on rock n roll, the Beatles and Zep arent bad places to start. Zebra vocalist Randy Jackson channels Plant while a full rock band and the orchestra provide hybrid accompaniment.
Fri., Jan. 11, 8 p.m., 2008