DAYTON, OH (May 24, 2021) – On Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) will present the final concert the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) 2020–2021 Reimagined Season with The Music of Queen.
As one of the best-selling bands in history, Queen has been considered a rock ’n’ roll icon since the 1970s. With over four decades of music and 18 number-one albums to their credit, they are recognized as one of the most influential British rock bands of all time.
The Dayton Philharmonic pays homage to Freddie Mercury and Queen for a Rockin’ Orchestra concert to bring the DPAA Reimagined Season to its “we-will-rock-you” end. Returning to the Schuster Center stage with the DPO for this concert is guest band Windborne.
Together, Windborne and the DPO will raise the roof of the Schuster with some of the greatest Queen hits to top the charts, including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Under Pressure,” “The Show Must Go On,” “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Somebody to Love,” fan favorite “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and others.
Leading Windborne and the Dayton Philharmonic will be Berklee-trained arranger and conductor Brent Havens. Havens has written music for orchestras, feature films, and virtually every kind of television. His TV work includes movies for networks such as ABC, CBS, and ABC Family, commercials, music for sports networks such as ESPN, and even cartoons. Havens has also worked with the Doobie Brothers and the Milwaukee Symphony, arranging and conducting the combined group for Harley Davidson’s 100th Anniversary Birthday Party Finale, attended by over 150,000 fans. He has worked with some of the world’s greatest orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, and countless others. Havens recently completed the score for the film Quo Vadis, a Premier Pictures remake of the 1956 gladiator film. Havens has served as arranger and guest conductor for all 21 of Windborne’s symphonic rock programs, including The Music Of Led Zeppelin, The Music Of David Bowie, The Music Of Pink Floyd, and, of course, The Music of Queen.
Windborne will be fronted on stage by lead singer MiG Ayesa. Ayesa started his career in Australia in the musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, soon joining the London cast, which included a Royal Variety Performance for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Ayesa’s other West End credits include We Will Rock You, Rent, Thriller Live, and Seasons of Larson. Ayesa has enjoyed success on Broadway as well, in productions of Burn The Floor and Rock of Ages, with which he also joined on the first U.S. National Tour and a tour across the Philippines. Back in Australia, his credits include Grease, Cinderella, Aladdin, West Side Story, Rent, Fame, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and a UK and Australian tour of The Music Of Queen: Rock and Symphonic Spectacular. He reprised the role of Galileo for the 10th Anniversary World Arena Tour of We Will Rock You and as one of the Tenors of Rock at their resident headline show in Las Vegas and on the high seas. Ayesa has also sailed with Rock Rhapsody and has headlined his own one man show entitled Ayesa Rocks The Boat. Ayesa has performed roles in various television and film projects and has several songwriting and recording credits to his name.
To accommodate the viewing needs of its patrons, the DPAA offers two options to enjoy this concert:
- In-Theater Performances: The DPO will offer two live in-theatre performances of this concert, with no intermission, for those who are ready to be back in the Schuster Center to see and hear the DPO in person. These performances will be held at 6:00pm and 8:30pm on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton. In compliance with Public Health–Dayton and Montgomery County, limited seating will be available in the Schuster Center, patrons will be seated in a socially-distance configuration, and strict safety guidelines will be followed in order to ensure the safety of all patrons in attendance. In-theater tickets are $50 per performance.
- Live Stream Performance – For those patrons who not ready to attend an in-theater performance, this concert can be viewed in a live-stream format from the comfort of home in real time as the DPO performs the concert from the stage. The Live Stream Performance will be streamed at 8:30pm on Saturday, June 5, 2021. This performance will be available as a live stream on the night of performance only. There will be no post-show on-demand viewing of this performance. Live stream access is $25.
Tickets for In-Theater and Live Stream performances of The Music of Queen are available at the DPAA box office at (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org. DPAA Virtual Streams Memberships can be obtained by visiting https://daytonperformingarts.org/streams/. Information and ticketing for this program, or any of the DPAA 2020–2021 Reimagined Season programs, can be found by visiting www.daytonperformingarts.org.
About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) 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 greater Dayton community, with a mission to be the community’s indispensable source for traditional, diverse and innovative experiences in ballet, opera, and orchestral music. The vision of the DPAA is to transform lives through the power of music and dance. The DPAA offers a wide variety of performance and education programs, setting a new standard for artistic excellence. DPAA performances reach an audience of more than 90,000 people annually, and their rich arts education programming serves over 60,000 schoolchildren in 150 schools in the Miami Valley. These performances and education initiatives are made possible in part through major support provided by the Ohio Arts Council, Culture Works, the City of Dayton, Montgomery County and the National Endowment for the Arts.