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DPO Rockin’ Orchestra Series Presents Women of Rock, with DPO Fan Favorite Jeans ‘n Classics


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DAYTON, OH (February 21, 2014) – On Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Assistant Conductor Patrick Reynolds and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present the Rockin’ Orchestra Series Concert Women of Rock with rock ensemble Jeans ‘n Classics.

If you wanted to celebrate 50 years of the rock ‘n’ roll hits of major female stars, what would it take? First, you would need über-talented female artists.  Then you’d need the wonderful, energetic, and sometime poignant songs that – regardless of your age – you’ll be able to connect to some of your best memories.  These are the hits of such groups as Abba, the Bangles, the Eurythmics, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, and the Pretenders, as well as award-winning female artists such as Leslie Gore, Gladys Knight, Lady Gaga, KD Lang, Annie Lennox, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Dusty Springfield, Tina Turner, and Shania Twain.

That’s an awfully tall order.  But the DPO is up to the challenge, bringing back to the Mead Theatre stage the music/theater ensemble and DPO fan favorite Jeans ‘n Classics for an evening of high-energy vocal artistry in Women of Rock.

The hits themselves are cross-genre, providing a sound for every taste, with such hits as “Barracuda”, “Firework”, “I Feel Like a Woman”, “It's My Party”, “River Deep Mountain High”, “Sweet Dreams”, “Toxic”, and “You Don't Have to Say You Love Me”, just to name a few.

In addition to the Jeans 'n Classics Band, comprising Don Paulton on piano, Peter Brennan on guitar/arrangements, Mitch Tyler on bass, and Jeff Christmas on drums, there are Jeans 'n Classics female vocalists Rique Franks, Stephanie Martin, Kathryn Rose, and  Leah Salomaa.  And the female vocalists cannot wait to take the stage.

"This is a powerhouse show,” Rique Franks states.  “We’ve got four incredibly strong singers representing some of the best of Women in Rock from the '60s to the present day with a few surprises:  two iconic rock songs from the '70s made famous by men - one written by a woman, and the other musically melded with a song released just before the new millennium by one of Canada's biggest female rock superstars."   

Stephanie Martin agrees.  "When I sing these songs,” she observes, ‘”I feel 17 again!  It brings me right back to the days when all I cared about were the boys in the band and having rockin' good fun.  Now the band is the Dayton Philharmonic, and I am sure this concert will be a rockin' great time!"

Kathryn Rose shares that sentiment.  "Although we have performed many of these songs before in some of our other shows,” she adds, “this Women of Rock show itself is a new show for us as a whole, tailor-made for this performance with the Dayton Philharmonic, and something tells me it will be a keeper!  Among the things the women of Jeans 'n Classics do best is sharing the spotlight and collaboration.  All four vocalists for this show put our heads together, finessing the song choices and show order with Peter Brennan until it looked perfect.  Everyone will get to shine.  How wonderful to celebrate the women of rock from the '60s to the present, with rock band and symphony, showcasing the wide ranging vocal talent of the women of Jeans 'n Classics! Look out, Dayton!"

Perhaps Leah Salomaa best describes the show.  "I'm really looking forward to returning to the fabulous hall and symphony in Dayton to sing the Women of Rock show with Jeans 'n Classics.  There is a special empowering energy that happens when four strong singers perform beautiful orchestral arrangements and classic pop and rock songs that we all have fond memories of from our childhood, teen, and formative years.  To stand behind a microphone and let these songs soar is a pleasure and privilege I can't wait to experience!"

Prepare to “rock ‘n’ remember” with an evening of hits that span five decades performed by, and in the company of, Women of Rock.

Tickets for Women of Rock range from $27 to $79 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at the 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 proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.



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