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Fads That Swept the Nation, Fashions That Marked a Decade, and Music That Made Us Think, with Poetry, Meaning, and Melodies That Never Let Us Forget – Dayton Philharmonic Presents Fire and Rain: Iconic Folk Rock of the 70s

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
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DAYTON, OH (September 30, 2015) – On Friday, October 16, 2015 and Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will present the first concert in the 2015–2016 Kettering Health Network SuperPops Series, Fire and Rain: Iconic Folk Rock of the 70s. DPAA’s Innovation Partner for this 2015-2016 Ascend Season is the DP&L Foundation: Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts.

Special guests AJ Swearingen and Jayne Kelli are a singer-songwriter team that leaves audiences feeling as though they have stepped back in time to a simpler era, when music connected people through meaningful, poetic phrasing and beautiful, melodious tunes. Steeped in the sounds of all-American country and folk, the duo’s music delivers rich harmonics and delicious texture.

AJ Swearingen and Jayne Kelli first met in 2009 at a singer­songwriters club in St. Petersburg, Florida. Magnetically drawn to each other's songwriting and performing, they quickly discovered a signature vocal blend. Their undeniable chemistry in studio and on stage led to the debut album Swearingen & Kelli, which was produced by the duo and released in 2013.

Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Swearingen began guitar lessons at the age of 13 and started performing professionally in his late teens. Swearingen is well-known for his extended partnership with Jonathan Beedle in an act paying tribute to the music of Simon and Garfunkel.  Swearingen returns to the Dayton Philharmonic for the second time, having performed this popular The Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel concert with the DPO just two years ago in October 2013.

"I've played lots of great venues, but the first time I walked onto the Schuster stage in 2013, it was like something out of a movie,” said AJ Swearingen. “It's a performer’s dream. Jayne (Kelli) and I have family and friends driving several hours from Michigan just so they can see us play this spectacular room!"

Kelli began writing and recording her songs at the age of 15 in the small town of Lapeer, MI. Her first release had critics calling her a formidable talent with elegantly poetic and emotionally charged songs. In 2015, her song "Sweetness" was licensed as an anthem song for domestic violence nonprofit organizations Victim Services International and Angel Wings International.

Swearingen and Kelli, backed by the full, rich sound of the DPO, will be playing songs steeped in the 70s, an era of nation-sweeping fads, changing times, and revolutionary ideals.   Audiences will hear yearning familiars “Wild World” and “Father and Son” by Cat Stevens, stage favorites “Dreams’’and “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac, mellow musings “Sundown” and “If You Could Read My Mind”  by Gordon Lightfoot, and iconic ballads “The Boxer” by Simon and Garfunkel and “Take It Easy” by the Eagles. 

After intermission, the ladies of the 70s take the spotlight as Swearingen and Kelli serve up “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell and “You’ve Got a Friend” and “I Feel the Earth Move” by Carole King. Pulling out all the nostalgic stops, their performance continues with gems like “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young, “Sister Golden Hair” by America, and “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce.  And the concert could not be called Fire and Rain without a tribute to the prolific James Taylor with a stunning performance of the song by the same name – “Fire and Rain.” 

Tickets for Fire and Rain: Iconic Folk Rock of the 70s range from $27 to $78 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at  Senior, teacher and student 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

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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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