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Metallica + Orchestra = 1970s Inspiration? - Music Month With Tom Wood

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This Friday night on Arkansas PBS there will be a program that seems so different you might not think it’s ever been done before: the rock band Metallica performed with the San Francisco Symphony, and it was captured on video so all of us can watch it Oct. 30 at 8:30 p.m.

But how did Metallica come up with this creative idea? Could it have been inspired by something from the 1970s?

Almost 50 years ago, the rock group Procol Harum did the same thing with the Edmonton Symphony in Canada, and it produced a classic album. Was that performance the genesis of the idea for the Metallica performance?

Speaking of Genesis ... that’s a group that would sound great symphonically!

Until that happens, listen to the Procol Harum album and plan to watch “Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony: S&M 2” Friday night with us on Arkansas PBS. I'll be blogging live during the concert at myarkansaspbs.org/livewithtomwood, and we want you to join the conversation!

TUNE IN:

Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

“Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony: S&M 2,” 8:30 p.m.

About the author: Tom Wood, music director and air personality of Arkansas Rocks Radio Network, has been a radio programmer and announcer in Little Rock for 40 years. Tom can currently be heard on the Arkansas Rocks Radio Network, with affiliates in seven Arkansas cities. He and his wife live in North Little Rock.