Steve Miller Gets His Symphony On

Rock’s “Space Cowboy” joins forces with a symphonic orchestra next month as he puts a different kind of spin on his classic hits, all in the name of charity.

Steve Miller will join the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra on Sept. 17 for the premier of “Rock Symphony,” taking place, where else, but the Steve Miller Amphitheatre at the Fender Center in Corona, Calif.

At the Steve Miller Amphitheatre at the Fender Center, Corona, Calif.

It’s a benefit for the Fender Center’s Kids Rock Free musical education program, an organization Miller has been deeply involved with for quite some time. Not only has the self-proclaimed “Gangster Of Love” performed benefit shows for the program, but he is also one of the organization’s trustees.

Arranged by conductor Rune Bergmann, the Steve Miller Rock Symphony will feature the guitarist’s many classic hits including “The Joker,” “Fly Like An Eagle,” and “Abracadabra” as well as material from his recent Bingo album re-imagined for an orchestra. Also appearing in the onstage mix will be the Kids Rock Free band dubbed “Fender Benders,” and classical musicians David Coucheron on violin and Julie Coucheron on piano.

Photo: Jason Moore
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It’s a VIP “black tie/leather optional” affair, so you’ll need your best threads for this one. Hosted by KLOS radio personality Cynthia Fox, tickets start at $35 for grandstand while preferred lawn general admission runs from $50 to $100. Click here for more information.