Saint Xavier to host orchestral tribute to Grateful Dead on March 10

Deadheads and classical music fans unite! Saint Xavier University will host a performance of the Dead Symphony, an orchestral tribute to the music of the iconic San Francisco rock band, The Grateful Dead. The performance will be at 7:30 on Tuesday, March 10, in the Ensemble Performance Space at SXU’s Chicago Campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

To view a previous performance of the Dead Symphony by the Russian National Orchestra, please visit SXU’s blog:

The performance will be just the second time this groundbreaking composition will have been performed in the United States. Lee Johnson, who wrote the piece, will personally conduct the performance with SXU’s University Symphonic Orchestra.

Marian Catholic High School student Pat O’Hara and several musicians from VanderCook College of Music will perform alongside SXU’s musicians.

“We think this unique interpretation of the Grateful Dead’s music performed by local musicians will give everyone something to enjoy,” said SXU music professor Margaret Young-Weitzel, who organized the event. “We’re also excited to once again host concerts here in SXU’s Ensemble Performance Space for our university community.”

For additional information or tickets, please call (773) 298-3421 or (773) 298-3422 or visit or