DAYTON, OH (December 5, 2018) – On Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 8 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Conductor Patrick Reynolds, will present a DPO Special Event entitled John Denver Rocky Mountain Christmas. The DPO is thrilled to welcome back to the stage guest vocalist Jim Curry.
Jim Curry began his music career writing and performing the opening song, “The Time of Your Life,” for his senior play. The song was then voted to be the 1975 class song and Jim was awarded a Rotary Scholarship to study music in college. Even at this early stage in his life, Curry’s natural voice resembled that of singer/songwriter John Denver. Embracing the similarities, Jim continued to sing and specialize in the songs of John Denver, sharing John’s positive messages of love, humanity and environmental awareness.
The untimely death of John Denver’s in 1997 was a tragedy that was felt the world over. Such a void in the musical world left John’s ardent fans demanding that his music survive. CBS Television responded by producing the made-for-TV movie “Take Me Home, the John Denver Story,” in which Curry landed an off-camera role singing as the voice of John Denver. This experience inspired Curry to produce full-length John Denver tribute concerts.
John Denver grew rapidly into a mega-celebrity when the world was looking for some hope in the late 60s, and his lyrics in songs like “Take Me Home Country Roads” gave America a new lift abroad as well as at home. People all over the world found pride in the natural wonders of the earth and love for John’s message of caring for our planet and each other. Curry delivers these songs in the same spirit, with the same care and desire to make a difference. Curry’s heartfelt delivery rolls out into the crowd as multiplatinum hits including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song” and “Calypso” fill the room.
This holiday season, gather together family and friends and join Jim Curry and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra for an unforgettable Rocky Mountain Christmas that will truly fill up your senses!
Tickets for John Denver Rocky Mountain Christmas start at $29 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.