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DPO Presents a Weekend of the Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel


CONTACT:
Chuck Duritsch
Communications and Media Manager
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138
cduritsch@daytonperformingarts.org

DAYTON, OH (August 29, 2013) – On Friday, October 11, and Saturday, October 12, at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Music Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel, the first concert in the DPO 2013-2014 Signature Season’s Kettering Health Network SuperPops Series.

There were no histrionics, no macabre costumes or makeup, no burning or smashing of instruments and definitely no twerking (yes, it’s the latest word added to the Oxford Dictionaries). There were only the songs that one of them wrote and both performed together for over a decade. They were a duo known as Simon & Garfunkel. One might argue that the songs Paul Simon wrote became a soundtrack for America in the 1960s. The songs, including such hits as "A Hazy Shade of Winter," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Cecilia," "Homeward Bound," "I Am a Rock," "Mrs. Robinson," "The Boxer," and "The Sound of Silence" earned the duo a ranking of 40th on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest artists of all time and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel, AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle bring the music of this dynamic musical duo to the stage of the Schuster Center.

AJ and Jonathan have been performing this remarkable tribute to the music of Simon & Garfunkel for more than a decade, and the enjoyable effect on their audiences is undeniable. A chance meeting in 1991 in a local club in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania brought these two talented artists together. Not long after a brief introduction, they were blending their voices as if they had been performing together for a lifetime. AJ’s warm baritone and Jonathan’s soaring tenor combine flawlessly to capture the essence and magic of Simon & Garfunkel’s sound of the early years in Greenwich Village.

Join Neal and the DPO as AJ and Jonathan re-create the memories of the famed duo’s groundbreaking music. You’ll find yourself swept away by the magic of Simon & Garfunkel's unique sound.

Tickets for Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel range from $21 to $76 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org.  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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