“In keeping with the 2018-19 season theme of ‘Heroes,’ the York Symphony Orchestra will honor Davie Bowie [on] Feb. 16,” writes Lindsey O’Laughlin in Wednesday’s (2/13) York Dispatch (York, PA). “The concert is a pops collaboration with Jeans ‘n Classics, a Canadian rock band that performs symphonic arrangements of popular music with orchestras across North America…. Peter Brennan, founder and arranger for Jeans ‘n Classics … said the songs ‘Blue Jean,’ ‘Rebel Rebel’ and ‘Young Americans’ are always a hit with audiences…. Brennan said ‘Rebel Rebel’ in particular showcases the orchestra…. When Jeans ‘n Classics performs with an orchestra, they bring a seven-piece band with drums, guitar, bass, keyboards and vocalists. Chelsea Tipton II, principal pops conductor for New Haven Symphony Orchestra and music director for Symphony of Southeast Texas, is guest conducting the performance. Tipton … also a big fan of the artist … said these pops performances are part of attracting new audiences to the symphony, and that orchestras need to provide a variety of musical styles to their communities. ‘The days of saying “We only play Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart and Bach” are really gone,’ he said.”

Posted February 15, 2019