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In an Oct. 22 concert billed as "First Fusion," the 41-piece orchestra will join forces with original Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Bob Weir in a re-imagining of Grateful Dead hits, the symphony announced Friday.
"This is an effort to not only reach a younger audience, but to also attract people whose first thought isn't to go to the symphony," said Holly Brown, the orchestra's patron services manager.
The as-yet-undetermined Dead songs will be rearranged for the orchestra by Weir and Italian composer-arranger Giancarlo Aquilanti, director of the Stanford Symphonic Orchestra and the Stanford Wind Ensemble. Aquilanti will also conduct.
In the second half of the historic concert, to be played at Marin Center's 2,000-seat Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Weir, selected symphony musicians and the Grammy-nominated Quartet San Francisco will perform a program that includes improvised musical pieces.