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New York Pops Conductor Steven Reineke Returns for Two Nights to “Strike Up the Band” with Some “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” with the Dayton Philharmonic and Three Very Sophisticated Ladies



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager 
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138 
DAYTON, OH (December 21, 2017) – On Friday, January 26, 2018 and Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 8 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present Sophisticated Ladies, the third concert in the Kettering Health Network’s 2017–2018 SuperPops Season.  

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Steven Reineke back to the Miami Valley and the Schuster Center stage. Reineke’s boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation’s most sought-after pops conductors, composers and arrangers. He is the Music Director and Conductor of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Principal Pops Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A native of Ohio, Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned bachelor of music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition.

Maestro Reineke starts the new year with the Dayton Philharmonic with a tribute to some of the groundbreaking, sophisticated women of song. He will be joined on stage by guest singers Capathia Jenkins, N’Kenge, and Montego Glover to perform classic songs from the tradition of the Harlem Renaissance singers . . . women such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, and Billie Holiday. These women gave voice to jazz classics and new voice to many standards. It’s an evening filled with soul in the voices of those Sophisticated Ladies.

Brooklyn-born and raised actress Capathia Jenkins most recently starred as Medda in the hit Disney production of Newsies on Broadway. She made her Broadway debut in The Civil War, where she created the role of Harriet Jackson. She also starred in the Off-Broadway 2000 revival of Godspell, where she wowed audiences with her stirring rendition of “Turn Back, O Man,” which can be heard on the original cast recording. She returned to Broadway in The Look of Love and was critically acclaimed for her performances of the Bacharach/David hits. Her television credits include 30 Rock, The Practice, The Sopranos, and Law & Order. She can be seen in the 2012 film Musical Chairs, directed by Susan Seidelman, and she can be heard on the film soundtracks for Nine, Chicago, and Legally Blonde 2. 

An artist whose repertoire ranges from opera to spirituals, pop to musical theater, and jazz to blues, N’Kenge offers performances that are consistent in their technical excellence. The New York Post called N’Kenge “electrifying” in the role of Mary Wells that she originated in Broadway's smash hit Motown:The Musical. She made her Broadway debut in Sondheim on Sondheim, singing alongside Vanessa Williams, Barbara Cook, Tom Wopat and Norm Lewis. N’Kenge has sung for President Bill Clinton and for the Commander-in-Chief Ball for President Obama, in London’s West End at the Theatre Royal in a tribute to Ray Charles, at solo engagements in New York at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, and on a worldwide broadcast by NPR from the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Her musical repertoire covers 11 languages, and her power and control are uncanny.

Montego Glover was born in Macon, Georgia, and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A graduate of Florida State University with a BFA in Music Theatre, Montego made her Broadway debut in The Color Purple in the roles of Celie and Nettie. She created the role of Felicia Farrell in the Broadway hit musical Memphis and received a Tony Award Nomination for Lead Actress in a Musical as well as a Drama League Nomination and won both the Outer Critics’ Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award for her performance. Montego won a second Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Ensemble) for her critically acclaimed run as Nina in the New York debut of The Royale at Lincoln Center Theater. She created the role of Annie Shepard in the new musical comedy It Shoulda Been You and starred in the hugely successful 2016 revival of Les Misérables as Fantine.

Maestro Reineke, these three incredibly talented and accomplished artists, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra together will take Dayton audiences back to a time of smooth jazz, deep soul, and utter sophistication for two nights this January. “When you sing, always tell the truth.” (Billie Holiday) . . . The musical “truth” in this concert will most definitely set you free.

Tickets for Sophisticated Ladies range from $29 to $79 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, including 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. 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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