There are a finite amount of classic rock characters that could suggest recording orchestral versions of their greatest tracks inside an ancient cathedral—and it would seem completely appropriate.
Jethro Tull architect Ian Anderson is one of these individuals, and this year’s “The String Quartets” is a testament to the instrumental flexibility of some of his most notable work. Classic rock radio favorites like “Bungle in the Jungle” and “Locomotive Breath”—tracks favored by both flute aficionados and '70s muscle car enthusiasts alike—are born anew, just as appropriate for symphonic chambers as they once were for sweaty arenas.
Now touring with a remade lineup long removed from the Jethro Tull available on such classic albums as 1971’s “Aqualung,” Anderson and his quartet are merging these string-laden versions with the splendor of the originals. Together, the reinterpretations open up a side of Tull many music fans might not have imagined.
The medieval prance of “Thick as a Brick” or conveyor groove of “Living in the Past” enhanced beyond their original splendor? Fans can judge for themselves, all while appreciating the rare rock 'n’ roll daring of the legendary Anderson.
Jethro Tull: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Artpark (450 South Fourth St., Lewiston). Gates open at 4:45 p.m. Tickets are $12 until Aug. 20; $17 after (box office, Tickets.com).