The Music of David Bowie: Tripping Memories of Ziggy Stardust

13:33 November 04, 2019
By: Graham Andreae

Legendary musician David Bowie, born David Robert Jones, is known the world over for his classic, futuristic and trippy sound. Known not only for his music Bowie also made a number of appearances on film. His most notable performance is in the 1986 film Labyrinth. Born in the UK, Bowie is no longer with us, but his legacy lives on. On November 15, at 7:30 The Mahalia Jackson Theater will host an event paying tribute to his complex, layered sound. The narrative quality of his songs have also given them incredibly wide appeal.

Getting his first big break with Space Oddity he began a long career in music. Though fading to the background for a few years Bowie reemerged in 1972 to take Glam Rock by storm through his androgynous second persona Ziggy Stardust. He also took on many film performances other than Labyrinth, such as Pontius Pilate in Passion of the Christ and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige. He went on to take on many personas over the years for several of his tours.

The event will feature Bowie's music performed by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra with guest conductor Martin Herman. The orchestra has been around since 1991 with the goal of goal of maintaining the cultural importance and development of of orchestral performance in the area. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra wants to use music to change lives and this evemt is an extension of that.

The event boasts, "they take you on a symphonic odyssey that pays tribute to the legendary musician and epic storyteller David Bowie." The event will run for around two hours, including a twenty minute intermission. With a body of work stretching from the 1960's all the way through the 70s and 80s Bowie's music has incredibly diverse influences and styles while also maintaining a very distinctly "Bowie" sound. Whatever your history with Bowie this is sure to appeal to all fans of his music as well as those uninitiated.

The event will feature the rock band Windborn as well featuring Martin Herman and Tony Vincent in addition to the Philharmonic Orchestra. At the event all are strongly encouraged to dress up however they see fit to celebrate the genius and originality of Bowie. The community surrounding Bowie has celebrated him and mourned his loss and this event aims to do the same. Tickets are on sale now at the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's website.

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