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Detroit Symphony Orchestra performance will pay tribute to David Bowie

Jul 9, 2016

It's been a rough year in the music world.

Prince, Glenn Frey and Merle Haggard all passed away this year, and that's just to name a few.

On Sunday evening, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will honor another artist many fans feel left the world too soon: rock legend David Bowie.

Bowie died of liver cancer in January, two days after his final album was released.

His musical style was characterized by "chameleon-like" genre-jumping and his various stage personalities, including Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke.

The DSO says Sunday's performance will be a "symphonic odyssey that explores the incredible range of Bowie's genius," and will include a full rock band to accompany the orchestra.

When it comes to the evening's selections, guest conductor Brent Havens says he tried to include "a touch" of all the phases of Bowie's life.

"[Bowie] had so many big hits and so many things that would've worked so well, it was really hard to pick and choose," Havens said.

Havens says the evening should have something for everyone, including fan favorites such as "Life on Mars", "Starman" and "Young Americans."

The DSO performs The Music of David Bowie at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on Sunday at 7:30.