Saturday, December 20, 2008

'Dead Symphony' to have West Coast premiere

The "Dead Symphony: An Orchestral Tribute to the Music of the Grateful Dead," will have its West Coast premiere in concerts Jan. 25 and 27 by the California Symphony.

The "Dead Symphony," by Atlanta composer Lee Johnson, consists of "movements" inspired by the Marin-based band's songs - "Saint Stephen," "Here Comes Sunshine," "Mountains of the Moon," "Blues for Allah," "Sugar Magnolia," "To Lay Me Down," "If I Had the World to Give," "Stella Blue," "Bird Song" and "China Doll."

Johnson, the composer, will be on hand to sign CDs of the "Dead Symphony," released in 2007 on Omni Records. He and Dennis McNally, author of "A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead," will discuss the band and its music after each performance.

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