Decemberists To Play Orchestral Shows

The Decemberists will perform a series of shows in July backed by local orchestras.

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Quirky pop-rockers The Decemberists will perform a series of shows in July backed by local orchestras in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago and the Baltimore area, according to

The Portland, OR-based group also will play a number of more traditional headlining dates surrounding the five symphonic appearances as it continues to support its 2006 major-label debut, "The Crane Wife."

The idea for pairing the band with orchestras reportedly came when Los Angeles Philharmonic program manager Johanna Rees, who has booked similar shows at the Hollywood Bowl, approached the Decemberists' booking agent with the idea.

"I was the liaison between the band and the orchestra folks, because they may can't know how the rock world works," Rees recently told "And if you're a fan, it's such a perfect band to put with an orchestra. Musically, they're just astounding."

The Decemberists' latest album and major-label debut, "The Crane Wife," has sold more than 200,000 copies in the US since its release last October, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Tour dates are below:

04/25-26 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater 04/27 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues 04/28 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival 05/03 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater 05/04 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theater 05/05 - Bellingham, VA - Western Washington University 06/17 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival 07/07 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl (w/ Los Angeles Philharmonic) 07/13 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park (w/ Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) 07/14 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion (w/ Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) 07/15 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center (w/ The Mann Festival Orchestra) 07/16 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage 07/18 - Chicago, IL - Grant Park Music Festival (w/ Grant Park Orchestra) 07/22 - Portland, OR - Edgefield Winery

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