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On January 31, “Saturday Night’s Alright” to Join the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for The Music of Elton John, proudly presented by new series sponsor Dayton Freight

Rockin’ Orchestra Favorite Jeans 'n Classics Joins the DPO, along with a Talented High School Honors Choir Comprising Choruses from the Dayton Area

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DAYTON, OH (January 12, 2015) – On Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 8 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Conductor Patrick Reynolds, will present Madman Across the Water: The Music of Elton John, featuring rock ensemble Jeans 'n Classics, the second concert in the 2014–2015 Dayton Freight Rockin’ Orchestra Series. Associate Sponsor for this concert is Miller-Valentine Group. 

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to announce Dayton Freight as the new title sponsor for its Rockin’ Orchestra Series, which includes four remaining concerts in the 2014-2015 New Horizons Series.  “At Dayton Freight, one of the ways we demonstrate how much our customers and employees mean to us is by providing financial support and being an active participant in community initiatives and organizations,” said Mike Cronin, Executive Vice President of Dayton Freight. “We appreciate serving our community wherever and whenever we can, and we are especially proud to support the DPAA as Title Sponsor of the Rockin’ Orchestra Series.”

It’s hard to imagine that English singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist Sir Elton Hercules John is in his mid-sixties or that he’s been collaborating with lyricist/songwriter Bernie Taupin for over 40 years – that is, unless you consider that the pair has produced more than 30 albums, Elton’s record sales have topped the 300 million mark, and he has more than 50 Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 U.S. albums and 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, earning him the ranking of the most successful male solo artist on Billboard’s Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists list.

To pay a proper tribute to such an accomplished entertainer, the rock ensemble Jeans 'n Classics returns to the Mead Theatre stage to perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Jeans 'n Classics vocalist Jean Meilleur and pianist John Regan, along with JnC guitarist Peter Brennan, bassist Mitch Tyler, and drummer Jeff Christmas, perform over 20 of Elton John’s greatest hits.  Jeans 'n Classics and the DPO will be joined on stage by a very talented High School Honors Choir, assembled with the help of Dayton Philharmonic Chorus Director Hank Dahlman.  The High Schools Honors Choir comprises the following local choruses from the Dayton Area:  ETHOS, under the leadership of Student Director Anna Townsend; W. E. Stebbins Symphonic Choir, under the leadership of Director Christina Smith; Kettering Fairmont High School’s Eleventh Hour, under the leadership of Director Brody McDonald; and Kettering Fairmont High School’s Fusion, under the leadership of Director Matt Koehler.

Jeans 'n Classics, the DPO, and the High School Honors Choir will pay tribute to Sir Elton John with hits that include Burn Down the Mission, Circle of Life, Daniel, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Funeral for a Friend, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Harmony, Have Mercy on the Criminal, Honky Cat, I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues, Levon, Love Lies Bleeding, Madman Across the Water, Philadelphia Freedom, Rocket Man, Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting), Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word, Take Me to the Pilot, The Bitch Is Back, Tiny Dancer, Tonight Prelude, and Your Song.

Concertgoers are invited to celebrate the music of Sir Elton John, who is not only a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, but also the Madman performer of some of the most excellent music ever to come from Across the Water.

Tickets for Madman Across the Water: The Music of Elton John range from $29 to $81 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at  Senior, teacher, student, and military discounts are available at the box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit


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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