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A Bit of “Strange Magic” Shrouds the Schuster as Jeans ‘n Classics and the Dayton Philharmonic Join Forces for the Music of ELO

DAYTON, OH (October 15, 2019) – On Friday, November 8, 2019 at 8 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, will present the second concert in the 2019–2020 Dayton Freight Rockin’ Orchestra Series, Strange Magic: The Music of ELO. The Dayton Philharmonic welcomes to the stage Dayton favorite Jeans ‘n Classics for a night that celebrates the dynamic and enigmatic band Electric Light Orchestra.

Electric Light Orchestra, or ELO as they are more commonly known, formed in the autumn of 1970 in Birmingham, England. The demise of the art-pop group The Move gave singer-songwriter Roy Wood the opportunity to reunite with guitarist and composer Jeff Lynne to form ELO. They brought on bassist Rick Price and drummer Bev Bevan with the intent to “pick up where ‘I Am the Walrus’ left off,” referring to their Beatlesque pop sound, which when combined with classical music arrangements, launched them into commercial success, first in the United Kingdom followed quickly by the United States. Since their inception, ELO has sold over 50 million records worldwide and produced over twenty Top 40 hits. The band was finally inducted into the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2017. “John Lennon once famously referred to ELO as ‘sons of the Beatles,’ but more than 40 years later, it is clear that ELO have carved out their own unique place in rock history.” (www.rockhall.com/inductees/elo)

For nearly 20 years, Jeans ’n Classics (JNC) have been performing with orchestras around the country in shows combining world-class rock musicians and symphony orchestras, and the DPO is thrilled to have them back in the house at the Schuster. Founder and lead guitarist Peter Brennan and his band will join the Dayton Philharmonic in an out-of-this-world tribute to this defining band that dominated the charts in the 70s and early 80s. Joining Brennan on stage are Jean Meilleur on lead vocals, Kathryn Rose and Lis Soderberg on vocals, Dave Dunlop on guitar, Donald Paulton on keyboard, Darryl Stacey on bass and Jeff Christmas on drums.

JNC and the Dayton Philharmonic devote an evening to “the English band with the big fiddles,” performing some of their biggest chart-topping hits, including “Out of My Head,” “Evil Woman,” “Shine a Little Love,” “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Telephone Line,” “Living Thing” and, of course, “Strange Magic.”

It’s a night that pays tribute to ELO, the band that lit up pop music in the 1970s by fusing rock n’ roll rhythms with stellar orchestral arrangements!

Tickets for Strange Magic: The Music of ELO begin at $24 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.