With his boyish grin, breezy blonde hair and hopelessly romantic lyrics about mountains and sunshine, John Denver was the poster boy for 1970s optimism. And who among us couldn’t stand a little optimism?
Maybe that’s why Denver’s songs still resonate today. And why symphony orchestras perform them.
The Portland Symphony Orchestra will perform a show titled “PSO Pops! Tribute to John Denver” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Both shows are at the Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., in Portland. Tickets are $32 to $82 and are available at the box office or at porttix.com.
Performing with the PSO will be vocalist Mike Eldred, who has performed with orchestras around the country.
Denver died in 1997, at the age of 53, when his experimental plane crashed. In the early and mid-1970s he had a string of hits that cemented his musical legacy, including “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song” and “Back Home Again.”