Contact: Angela Whitehead

Communications & Media Manager

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Phone 937-224-3521 x1138

[email protected]


DAYTON, OH (January 3, 2019) – On Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 8 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the leadership of Conductor Patrick Reynolds, will present Unforgettable: Nat and Natalie, the fourth concert in the Kettering Health Network 2019–2020 SuperPops Season.

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and two Broadway phenomena join forces to honor two singing legends. With hits like “When I Fall in Love,” “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “This Will Be,” and “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” you’ll believe that Nat and Natalie Cole have taken the stage once again. The dazzling Denzal Sinclaire and Dee Daniels, together with the DPO, pay tribute to the famed father and daughter.

Dee Daniels is a crowd pleaser and a musician’s musician. She is a unique talent who transcends musical borders when she brings her jazz styling, infused with gospel and blues flavoring, to the stage. The stepdaughter of a Baptist minister, Dee was born and raised in Oakland, CA. Though she graduated with a B.A. degree in Art Education, music was always a big part of her life, but she did not discover her true calling to music until after teaching art in a Seattle high school for a year. She then joined a band, resigned her teaching position, and the rest is history! Dee has traveled the world with her music and her diverse career has seen her in clubs and prestigious music halls around the world, on theater stages, on television and radio, in performances for royalty and international dignitaries, and on countless recordings as leader or guest.

Denzal Sinclaire is one of Canada’s most popular jazz vocalists and is ranked among the finest jazz singers of his generation. A graduate of McGill University’s Jazz Performance program in Montreal, Canada, he possesses that rare ability to achieve a profound emotional connection with his audience. His passionate and sincere delivery caresses every song he sings. He touches the listener with the purity of the message. From his early days as a canny interpreter of Nat ‘King’ Cole’s mentholated crooning, he has grown into one of the most distinctive and individualistic singers anywhere. Equally at home in the theatre, film and television arenas, Denzal has delighted audiences with his critically acclaimed performance in Unforgettable, a musical based on the life and music of Nat King Cole; Tapestry: The Music of Carole King (Arts Club Theatre); and William Saroyan’s award-winning The Time of Your Life (Soul Pepper Theatre Company). His TV and film credits include appearances in the new Battlestar Galactica TV Series and in the film Being Julia, starring Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons.

With Dee Daniels and Denzal Sinclaire taking the stage along with the talented musicians of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton audiences will experience two “Unforgettable” evenings at the Schuster Center this January!

Tickets for Unforgettable: Nat and Natalie start 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.