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Four Top Vocalists Celebrate The King with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra as They Present The Music of Elvis, Live from the Schuster Center on July 24



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x 1138
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DAYTON, OH (July 8, 2015) – On Friday, July 24, 2015 at 8 p.m. in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Conductor Patrick Reynolds, will present The King: Music of Elvis, the third concert in the DPAA’s 2015 Summer in the City Musical Festival.

Four Broadway-veteran singers join DPO Conductor Patrick Reynolds and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in a "Jersey Boys"–style program that emphasizes the musicality and breadth of the songwriting that made Elvis Presley a household name. These four outstanding vocalists take great care to present Elvis’s music with all of the heart and soul he intended when he recorded each hit.  The DPO welcomes to the stage vocalists Scott Coulter, Johnny Rodgers, Brian Wilson, and Lee Lessack, as well as drummer Danny Mallon.

This is not an impersonator show but rather a splashy revue featuring a range of vocal interpretations that spotlight Elvis’s best-known tunes.  Audience members will hear all of their favorite Elvis hits, including "Heartbreak Hotel," “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “All Shook Up,” “Teddy Bear,” " "Don’t Be Cruel," "Hound Dog,” “Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On,” “Love Me Tender,” “Loving You,” “Blue Hawaii,” “Can't Help Falling in Love With You,” “G.I. Blues,” “It's Now or Never,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” “I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Return to Sender,” and some of Elvis’s gospel greats such as “Crying in the Chapel,” “Amazing Grace,” “Peace in the Valley,” and “How Great Thou Art.”  And the hits don’t stop there!

After intermission, the celebration of one of the most prolific artists of all time continues with “Burning Love,”  “Viva Las Vegas,” “What Now My Love,” “In the Ghetto,” “Movin' to Graceland,” and “My Way,” a hit made popular by Frank Sinatra but sung equally as eloquently by Elvis himself.  

Scott Coulter is one of New York's most honored singers.  For his work in cabaret, Coulter has received five MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs), five Bistro Awards and two Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Vocalist. His self-titled debut CD won the 2003 MAC Award for Outstanding Recording and was chosen as the best recording of the year by TheatreMania and Cabaret Scenes magazine. Scott is co-founder/owner of Spot-On Entertainment.  He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Johnny Rodgers is an internationally celebrated singer-songwriter, pianist, music ambassador, Broadway star, and recording artist who is described by Stephen Holden of The New York Times as an entertainer “who has show business in his bones” with “fused elements of Billy Joel, Peter Allen and Johnny Mercer.” He tours as music ambassador for the State Department to places such as the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Rodgers also doubles as Music Director and piano man for Liza Minnelli’s performances and tours.

Brian Wilson is an acclaimed vocalist originally from Nashville but currently residing in New York City. Wilson has toured the U.S. and Canada with the Broadway musical Cats, playing the roles of Old Deuteronomy and Gus, the Theater Cat. In addition to Cats, he has performed regionally in South Florida, Texas and at Dollywood.

Lee Lessack’s graceful lyric baritone vocals and sophisticated yet endearing persona have made him a shining star of the international concert scene. Billboard Magazine calls his singing “Cabaret romanticism of a high order.”  Touring extensively in the United States and Europe to sold-out performances and releasing five albums, Lessack has proven himself as both performer and recording artist. His fifth and most ambitious recording to date, In Good Company, was released to great acclaim, earning a MAC and Bistro Award for Best Recording of the Year.

Since Elvis Presley burst onto the scene, American music has never been the same. Elvis began recording with Sun Records in 1954, when his recording of the blues tune “That’s All Right” hit the airwaves in Memphis. His early sounds straddled country music and rhythm and blues, and his electrifying performances onstage made the new rockabilly beat the central focus every time. After RCA released his 1956 self-titled album, Elvis appeared on television in a controversial series of performances that stoked the national debate over his unique style of dancing. It only fueled his enduring popularity as he evolved into a national icon and the standard-bearer of an entirely new form of music. Elvis may have begun as a self-taught rockabilly singer from Memphis, but he's known now worldwide as the King of Rock ‘n' Roll.

Tickets for The King: Music of Elvis range from $17 to $69 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. For more information or to order subscriptions to the Summer in the City Music Festival or other flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org

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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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