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Rock Meets Orchestra in a Perfect Musical Lineup with the Perfect Pairing of Jeans ’n Classics and the DPO for a Perfect Night of Ultimate Symphonic Rock

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
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DAYTON, OH (February 10, 2016) – On Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Patrick Reynolds, will present Ultimate Symphonic Rock, the third concert in the 2015–2016 Dayton Freight Rockin’ Orchestra Series. Dayton Philharmonic fan favorites Jeans ’n Classics return to pay homage to some of the biggest names in classic rock played alongside one of the biggest musical sounds in the Dayton region, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra has invited Jeans ’n Classics (JnC) to return once again for a performance that will showcase the natural connection between rock ’n’ roll and orchestral sound.  “To perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Patrick Reynolds at the amazing Schuster Center, is a bit of a dream,” said Jeans ’n Classics founder Peter Brennan. “However it gets even better when we get the chance to play a concert that focuses on what is certainly the most daring and artistically creative rock genre – symphonic rock. It was the era of the mega tour, the classic album, and iconic bands and songs. This is the perfect vehicle for the fusion of rock band with symphony orchestra, and we couldn't be happier to be able to bring it to Dayton.”

The show is called Ultimate Symphonic Rock because it celebrates that era of rock that blends the guitar and rhythm sound with a classical sensibility and will demonstrate the full breadth and depth of the sound of the DPO. Jeans ’n Classics  lead vocalist Jean Meilleur and backup vocalists Leah Salomaa and Andrea Koziol will be joined by Jeans ’n Classics musicians Peter Brennan on guitar, Donald Paulton on keyboards, Darryl Stacey on bass and Paul DeLong on drums to perform some of the greatest classic rock chartbusters.

Concertgoers will rock to their favorite symphonic rock songs and artists, including Procol Harum’s “Conquistador” and “Whiter Shade of Pale,” Peter Gabriel’s “Red Rain” and “Solsbury Hill,” and Supertramp’s “Crime of the Century.”  The pairing of rock band and orchestra will also bring life to two incredible anthem songs – “I’ve Seen All Good People” by Yes and “Lucky Man” by Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

The DPO flute section is sure to take the spotlight as JnC pays tribute to Jethro Tull with “Living in the Past.” And it would not be a proper salute to the union of rock and orchestra without a visit to the hits of Electric Light Orchestra with “Livin’ Thing” and “Can’t Get It Out of My Head.” 

But perhaps some of the most magnificent marriages of symphony and rock ever played can be found among the discography of The Moody Blues.  JnC and the DPO will prepare to raise the roof of the Schuster Center with megahits such as “Story in Your Eyes,” “Ride My See Saw,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” and, of course, everyone’s favorite Moody Blues masterpiece, “Nights in White Satin.” 

A night of Ultimate Symphonic Rock with a compilation of music second-to-none awaits audiences on Saturday, March 5.  Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the very best that orchestra and rock in unison have to offer.

Tickets for Ultimate Symphonic Rock 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 on the concert of on other upcoming 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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