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October 24, 2014

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Las Vegas Philharmonic plays Led Zep, video game music

Symphonically speaking, things are getting crazy around the valley.

Not only is the Las Vegas Philharmonic performing "The Music of Led Zeppelin: A Rock Symphony" this month, the orchestra will provide music for Video Games Live, a multimedia concert experience that combines live symphonic music with contemporary and retro video game footage.

The Zeppelin show, March 29 at Planet Hollywood, pairs the Philharmonic with a rock band that is lead by Zebra singer Randy Jackson.

Creator Brent Havens, who will conduct the orchestra, is jazzed about orchestral approach to the music of one of the greatest rock bands ever: "On 'Immigrant Song' I have the violins doing that 'Ah-ah-ah part,' up an octave from Jackson, and the French horns are doing it with him in the same register," Havens says. "Then we have the brass kickin' in the back, doing the accents. It rips."

Tickets for "Led Zeppelin: A Rock Symphony" are $25-$65. To charge by phone call Ticketmaster at 474-4000.

Video Games Live will take place at the at the Henderson Pavilion and amphitheatre, complete with pre and post-show activities, at 8 p.m. June 14. Tickets are $25-$45, call 267-4849.

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