Fans of the Alton Symphony Orchestra and fans of the Grateful Dead will come together this Saturday night at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey. The Orchestra will be performing the "Dead Symphony," featuring music derived from the Grateful Dead. The symphony is the brainchild of Lee Johnson, who will be in attendance to hear the performance.
The Georgia-based composer and educator has composed a large body of works that include nine innovative symphonies, two nontraditional operas, concertos, musicals, cantatas, chamber music, vocal and choral works, and is an award winning composer in the genre of symphonic film.
That's Orchestra member John Schick. Johnson will also give a lecture at the college for local students and faculty interested in orchestral composition for concert, film, and television. The lecture is Friday at 4pm at the Ringhausen Music Building, The concert is the following night at 7 at the Ann Whitney Olin Theatre inside Lewis and Clark's Hatheway Cultural Center.