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Serj Tankian To Perform w/ Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Film It For DVD Release

While down under for his appearance at the Big Day Out festival (and solo shows with Fantomas), Serj Tankian will be performing a one-off show with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. The show will take place on Monday, March 16, 2009 at the Auckland Town Hall and they will be performing songs from Tankian's solo debut "Elect The Dead" and "some unreleased extras."

Serj comments further: "All the songs will be reinterpreted to fit with the orchestra, as the F.C.C. will not be playing this show with me. It’s just the orchestra and I; the arrangements for the orchestra were made by respected New Zealand composer John Psathas."

"I'm elated to have the opportunity to arrange my songs from Elect the Dead for a full orchestra with the APO. The arrangements will be quite different than those on the record including bonus tracks never played live, and John Psathas will be helping me outfit my string arrangements for the full orchestra. We'll also be taping the performance for a worldwide DVD release later in the year. Yes for real, we will be putting this out on DVD."

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1. Arturo writes:

Cant wait for this

# Feb 2, 2009 @ 9:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Jake.Shall.Perish writes:

wow...wtf. This would be as f***ed up as a band like Necrophagist doing this hahaha. Ever since Metallica did it, it is popular...strange...

# Feb 2, 2009 @ 10:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. freddy lounds writes:

Who gives a sh**.. He was a part of one of the worst bands assembled ever, ...makes sense in a way, his voice and most of his songs sounds like sh** you would here in a gay opera anyway, he gave the terroist props for 9/11...ship his pu**y has in a box back to armenia or baghdad or wherever the f**k hes from

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4. Netromancer writes:

Metal and Classical music go together like chocolate and peanut butter. This, no matter if you like the guy or not, will be like bologna and Kool-Whip. While I can respect Serj's quirky style to a degree, I don't feel it will fit alongside a symphony. Just my opinion. He might prove me wrong. Hell, I like lamb and mint jelly. Guess we will have to see.

# Feb 3, 2009 @ 3:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Blindgreed1 writes:

Netro: I think that if he picks the right songlist it won't be too bad. His range bothers me, but I could definately hear Spiders with an orchestra. Like you said, we'll have to see.

JSP: Bands were doing this long before Metallica brother and in my opinion they (Zepplin for example) did it better than Metallica.

NP: Clinching the Fists of Dissent - MFH

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