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DAYTON, OH (January 25, 2013) – On Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Just Imagine: The John Lennon Experience, the third concert in the DPO 2012-2013 Imagine Season’s Rockin’ Orchestra Series.

Their names were Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr. Collectively, we knew them as The Beatles. And, when they came to our shores in the ‘60s performing what amounted to an entirely new sound and genre of rock, they spearheaded a musical invasion of America’s pop market that hasn’t been matched and an intense fan frenzy known as Beatlemania.

The Fab Four soared to success writing and recording innovative and widely influential albums including “Revolver,” “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Abbey Road” and “The White Album.” Then, the members went their separate ways to separate stardom. One became immortalized.

His name was John Lennon. And now a new group -- Working Class Hero -- is keeping the man and his (and The Beatles’) music, alive. Their names are Piper, Butler, Bartnoff, and Poncher.

Lead vocalist, writer and producer Tim Piper has been a member of various Beatle Tribute bands, including Revolution, and has portrayed John Lennon in “The Linda McCartney Story” (CBS), “The John Lennon Story” (E!), and as the singing voice of John Lennon for “In His Life - The John Lennon Story” (NBC).

Musical director, producer, and bass guitarist Greg Piper has been leading original and cover rock bands since high school. Along with his brother Tim and guitarist Don Butler, Greg performed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in connection with the premiere of the John Lennon exhibit.
Lead guitar Don Butler has appeared and played with many great musicians, such as Jimmy Vivino from “Conan O’Brian,” Coco Montoya, the Yardbirds, Gordon Waller from Peter & Gordon, Chris Montez, Spencer Davis and members of The Allman Brothers Band.

Keyboardist Morley Bartnoff has performed with The Sluff Brothers, Minnie Ripperton, George Benson drummer Hugh Morran, Mark Miller, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot. For the last five years he has performed and recorded with alternative rock/power pop band Dramarama.

Drummer and percussionist Don Poncher has performed with Arthur Lee on the Vindicator album, Joe Cocker, Bobby Whitlock, Dewey and Jim Price.

Tim Piper and Working Class Hero bring the Lennon legend to vivid life, right in front of your eyes and ears. He also shares anecdotes from the star's life plus archival imagery evoking memories of the times before Lennon’s success, the Beatle years and Lennon’s solo career. Backed by his band and the Dayton Philharmonic, they cover a wide range of Lennon’s moods and musical personas. The concert’s playlist includes “A Day in the Life,” “A Hard Day's Night,” “All You Need is Love,” “Come Together,” “Give Peace a Chance,” “Help!,” “Instant Karma,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Norwegian Wood,” “Revolution,” “Starting Over,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “You've Got to Hide Your Love Away” and several more.

The 2012-2013 DPO Rockin’ Orchestra Season will conclude on April 27 with The Music of the Beach Boys on April 27. Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets for Just Imagine: The John Lennon Experience range from $27 to $79 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 and at Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at box office.


About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.   The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is also the proud recipient of a 12-13 season grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.     

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