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Throw on Your “Raspberry Beret,” Climb into Your “Little Red Corvette,” and Come Party Like It’s “1999” with the Dayton Philharmonic as We Celebrate The Music of Prince

Communications & Media Manager 
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138 

DAYTON, OH (September 11, 2017) – On Saturday, September 30, 2017 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 2017–2018 Dayton Freight Rockin’ Orchestra Series, The Music of Prince: A Rock and Symphonic Tribute.  Joining the DPO on stage for this Rockin’ Orchestra concert is vocalist Mackenzie Green, with music direction by Nisan Stewart. Associate Sponsor for this performance is the Bob Ross Auto Group. DPAA’s Innovation Partner for this 2017-2018 The Great Ones Season is the DP&L Foundation: Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts. 

Prince was arguably one of the most naturally gifted artists of all time, yet also one of the most mysterious (Rolling Stone Magazine). From the moment of the release of his first album in 1978, Prince Rogers Nelson made his mark as an innovative performer in the world of rock and roll. He forged his own way through the music industry, making his rock and roll, his blues, and his jive distinctive. When Prince performed his music, so much more than just a man and his guitar filled the stage. His wide vocal range and instrumental dexterity, along with his flamboyant personality, made his performances a spectacle. 

To honor this music legend, guest vocalist Mackenzie Green and music director Nisan Stewart join the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for one night only for a tribute to the star power that was, and will always be, Prince. Music Director Nisan Stewart was born and raised in southern California and spent his formative years as a drummer in his father’s, Bishop Carl Stewart's, church.  As a child, Stewart can recall watching the drummers in church and wanting to be able to play just like them. In fact, it was in church that he was discovered by world-renowned producer Timbaland in 1998. Currently, as a writer and producer for Universal Music Publishing Group, Stewart has been busy in the studio, recording with such artists as Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Nelly Furtado, Patty Labelle, Fantasia, Mary Mary, Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson. Stewart’s talent, combined with his love and appreciation of Gospel Music, R&B, Hip Hop and Jazz, has made him one of the music industry's most sought-after writers and producers in the Hip Hop community. 

Composer and singer Mackenzie Green grew up studying and idolizing singers like James Brown, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, and, not surprisingly, Prince. Today, his contagious energy, both on and off stage, moves all generations.  Green began his performance career at the age of five, and he was only eight years old when he wrote his first songs. It was apparent to everyone around him at that young age that he possessed something special that truly set him apart. Fast forward a few years and Green’s impressive résumé includes featured songs in two movies on the Lifetime network, as well as studio and live work with platinum-selling artists and producers.  

Nisan Stewart and Mackenzie Green have joined forces to bring their combined love of ‘everything Prince’ to the Schuster stage this September. Together with the impeccable Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, they will deliver a one-of-a-kind tribute to The Artist, with smash hits such as “Little Red Corvette,” “Kiss,” “When Doves Cry,” “Raspberry Beret," and, of course, "Purple Rain." 

On September 30, 2017, the DPO is "going to party like it's1999"!  You won't want to miss this outstanding tribute! 
Tickets for The Music of Prince: A Rock and Symphonic Tribute range from $34 to $86 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. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled 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. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. 
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