The trend-setting progressive rock band Pink Floyd played in varying musical configurations. One setup that always sounded and seemed fuller and livelier was Pink Floyd playing in front of a full orchestra.

That experience will be recreated at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center on Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m. 

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will back up a full rock and roll band and a vocalist playing the Pink Floyd repertoire.

Here is the official program description:

Bridging the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music, directed by our own Chris Confessore presenting The Music of Pink Floyd, a program he scored to extend the listening experience of Pink Floyd’s timeless tunes. Performed by an orchestra and amplified with a full rock band with MiG Ayesa’s vocals, this ensemble captures the essence of Pink Floyd’s ethereal harmonies while adding new musical colors. 

Tickets here.

Pink Floyd is an English rock band formed in London in 1965. They were unusual in that they were the first British psychedelic band to gain popularity. Their live shows were known as much for their sonic experiments and elaborate live shows as their avant-garde music. Some consider them to be the greatest progressive rock band of all time.

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra officially describes itself as:

…a full-time orchestra, passionately pushing the boundaries of music through concert, education, and creativity. The ASO began with the first performance by a group of volunteer musicians in 1921. That group would evolve from a volunteer ensemble to become the state’s only full-time professional orchestra. 

Information on the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and a calendar of upcoming performances can be found here.

"I'll see you on the dark side of the moon."  — Pink Floyd

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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