Music of Led Zeppelin: A Rock Symphony
come from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight
sun where the hot springs blow—well, some of ’em do anyway.
Honestly, though, most of them are probably from the Eastman
School of Music, Juilliard or the Mannes College of Music.
That’ll be the case tomorrow (Friday) at the Palace Theatre
when the Albany Symphony Orchestra is enlisted to play the
music of the mother of all heavy-metal bands, Led Zeppelin.
Conductor Brent Havens (pictured) will take over the podium
from the ASO’s regular helmsman, David Alan Miller, to lead
the orchestra galloping through songs like “The Immigrant
Song,” “Black Dog,” and “Kashmir.”
Boosting the power—as if it were necessary—of the orchestral
renditions of your favorite headbanging tunes will be an
addition you more usually associate with Houses of the
Holy than a French horn: a rock quartet, this one fronted
by Randy Jackson of Zebra (“Who’s Behind the Door”).
Havens, who arranged the work, has staged similar symphonic
attacks on the music of the Doors and Pink Floyd, and his
enthusiasm for the approach is apparent:
‘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,” he is quoted in
his press release. “Then we have the brass kickin’ in the
back, doing the accents. It rips.”
The Music of Led Zeppelin will be presented at the Palace
Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany) tomorrow (Friday, Oct.
10). Tickets for the 8 PM show are $32.50-$37.50 and can
be purchased by calling 800-THE-TICK.
in Latin America: Thirty Years After Chile’s 9/11
you may wonder, was Chile’s 9/11? Sept. 11, 1973, was the
day Chilean coup plotters, led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet
(with the encouragement of the U.S. government), violently
overthrew the democratically elected government of president
Salvador Allende. (Pre-coup comment on Chilean democracy
by Henry Kissinger: “The issues are much too important for
the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.”)
This was followed by more than a decade of military dictatorship
and severe political repression. Pinochet and his cronies
tortured and killed their enemies at home and abroad—including
the 1976 assassination of Orlando Letelier, the former Chilean
ambassador to the United States.
This weekend, the University at Albany’s department of Latin
American and Caribbean studies is sponsoring the conference
Democracy in Latin American: Thirty Years After Chile’s
9/11. The wide scope of the conference encompasses politics,
history, and the arts; in addition to the academic programs,
there are a number of notable cultural events being presented.
Tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 10) at 4 PM in UAlbany’s Lecture
Center 2 (1400 Washington Ave., Albany), Patricio Guzmán’s
riveting documentary The Pinochet Case will be screened.
This film follows the attempts in the late 1990s to bring
Gen. Pinochet to trial for crimes against humanity. On Saturday
(Oct. 11), there will be a theater event featuring a reading
of Amigas by the authors, Marjorie Agosin and Emma
Sepúlveda. Based on 30 years of letters between the two
writers, Amigas chronicles their lives as Chilean
exiles, and their reflections on Chilean society. This event
will be held at 6 PM in the UAlbany Performing Arts Center
Recital Hall (uptown campus). Both events are free of charge
and open to the public.
Two other notable events are open only to conference participants.
On Friday at 8 PM in the Recital Hall, pianists Pola Baytelman,
Max Lifchitz and Jean Wick-Pelletier will perform. On Saturday
at 7:30 PM in the Empire Commons, Fabiola Letelier—Chilean
human-rights lawyer and activist, and sister of the late
Orlando Letelier—will deliver the conference’s keynote address
at the banquet.
To register for the conference or for more information,
call 442-4890 or visit www.albany.edu/democracy.
Black Burlesque (revisited) blends the roots, branch
and stem of African dance and song, using a New York choreographer,
dancers from Trinidad, and Zimbabwe’s a cappella stars,
to kick off the Egg’s new Dance—The World series
on Saturday. Wilson’s Fist and Heel Performance Group collaborates
with the Noble Douglas Dance Company from Trinidad and Zimbabwe’s
Black Umfolosi, examining the way traditions and rituals
have been adapted into entertainment, particularly into
different styles in music and dance. Black Burlesque
(revisited) weaves together poetry, music and dance
from different points on the globe; Black Umfolosi’s blend
of close harmonies as well as shouts, clicks, claps and
stomps joins experimental choreography with traditional
Caribbean line dances with South African gumboots. “Reggie
Wilson creates with such freshness in his view of the African
Diaspora,” said The New York Times’ Anna Kisselgoff.
Though it’s called burlesque, the performance seems to be
only in its willingness to borrow and reinvent traditional
aspects of African culture and mix them all together.
Burlesque (revisited) will be at the Egg (Empire State
Plaza, Albany) on Saturday (Oct. 18) at 8 PM. Tickets are
$24 adults, $19 seniors, and $12 children. For information
or tickets, call 473-1845 or visit www.theegg.org.