Listen: Seattle Rock Orchestra performs Beck’s Song Reader

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The Seattle Rock Orchestra is the best kind of orchestra. That is they are they kind of orchestra that rocks.

They are known for bringing together some of the city’s most talented musicians and performing orchestral arrangements of artists like Muse, the Beatles, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, David Bowie, Queen and others.

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The next artist they will tackle is Beck, but they aren’t performing a collection of Beck standards like they’ve done with other artists in the past. For their next concert the SRO will be performing songs from Beck’s Song Reader Saturday evening at the Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. If you aren’t familiar with Song Reader it’s likely because nobody has really heard it since it’s the album Beck released last year solely as sheet music, leaving his fans to create the music themselves, which is a very cool, and a very Beck, thing to do.

Check out the Seattle Rock Orchestra performing “Old Shanghai” off Song Reader above with vocals by Tamara Power-Drutis, who will be serving as vocalist for the SRO Saturday along with Ian Williams. The performance of selections from Song Reader will come as part of a set that will also include new original material by the SRO. Not only will the show be an opportunity to hear some quasi-unreleased Beck it will also be a great chance to see some of Seattle’s finest musicians perform some great original material together.

Tickets to the Seattle Rock Orchestra at the Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford (4649 Sunnyside Avenue N) cost  $10 in advance or $15 dollars at the door. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased here. 

Travis Hay

About Travis Hay

Travis Hay is a professional music journalist who has spent the past 13 years documenting and enjoying Seattle's diverse music scene. In 2009 he established Guerrilla Candy and is currently the site's editor and publisher. He has written for various media outlets including MSN Music, the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, Crosscut.com and others and was the founder and former editor of the defunct music site Ear Candy.