DPO to celebrate music of '69 Woodstock
By Khalid Moss
February 12, 2010
While most flower children of the '60s have ditched their tie-dyed
T-shirts for button-down collars, the spirit of the 1969 Woodstock
Music Festival still echoes in minds of folks who attended the
musical bacchanal on Max Yasgur's farm.
On Saturday, Feb. 13, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents "A
Night At Woodstock," featuring the Canadian-based ensemble Jeans 'n Classics.
The program will include the music of Jimi Hendrix, The Band, Janis
Joplin, Santana and others who performed during the original iconic event.
In conjunction with the concert, the DPO invited members of the
public to share memories and photos of their Woodstock experiences.
Here are some of the responses.
Gregory L. "Duke" Dewey of Yellow Springs played drums with Country
Joe and the Fish at Woodstock:
"I attended the Woodstock Music Festival as an entertainer at the
show ... and that is the only way in which I would have gone to the
concert," Dewey writes. "There were several memorable moments at
Woodstock for me. I suppose if I sat here and thought about it for a
few hours they would just keep coming up. It was great to be on the
stage and watch Joe Cocker and the Greaseband. They were very good.
It was the first time I had met them. They were all very nice guys
and excellent musicians. ...
"Becoming a friend of (The Who's) Keith Moon was something that I
don't think would have happened had I not played at Woodstock and
spent four days in the motel with all the other great musicians that
David Nukols of Fairborn:
"The most memorable time was when Grace Slick woke me up and declared
'now you will hear morning maniac music,'" Nukols writes. "For most
of the time I sat pretty far up on the hill. But when the Jefferson
Airplane started I got as close as I could and watched their entire
show. Only after they were done, I started to look for food."
Bill Nienaber of Cincinnati:
"At some point, I really can't remember what day or time of day it
was, a helicopter flew in and hovered over the crowd. Just as my
friend and I were starting to wonder what was up, the copter started
to move again, sprinkling a huge load of cut flowers over the crowd,"
he writes. "Aside from that, I would say the overall memorable
impressions I have are the amazing quality and quantity of great
music, and the general feeling of love and community that bound us
all together for three days."
To read all the Woodstock reminiscences, visit www
.daytonphilharmonic.com and click on "Woodstock stories."
How to go
What: The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra presents "A Night at
Woodstock," featuring the ensemble Jeans 'n Classics.
When: 8 p.m. today, Feb. 13
Where: The Schuster Center, Second and Main streets, Dayton
Cost: $25 to $75; call (937) 228-3630 for tickets
More info: Go online to www.dayton philharmonic.com.
Woodstock Music Takes Center Stage During Dayton Philharmonic
One-Night-Only Concert Featuring Jeans 'N Classics Rock Ensemble and
DAYTON, Ohio, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Woodstock Music
Festival marked its 40th anniversary in August 2009. Now the Dayton
Philharmonic Orchestra, with the help of Canadian classic rock
ensemble Jeans 'n Classics, will celebrate with a concert featuring
music by the artists who appeared at the legendary event, to be
performed on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the Schuster
Center. Neal Gittleman, Music Director of the DPO, will conduct.
The Woodstock Festival ("An Aquarian Exposition 3 Days of Peace &
Music"), held in August 1969 at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel,
NY, has earned a permanent place in the American cultural
consciousness, such that the word "Woodstock" is now immediately
evocative of a special time, place, and sensibility. While there
were many aspects to the Woodstock experience, it is the music -
presented by 32 different acts over three rainy days in front of up
to 400,000 concertgoers - that has provided the event with its most
The DPO's February 13 concert will pay tribute to some of the very
best music by the artists who performed at Woodstock, including
"Somebody to Love" (Jefferson Airplane), "With A Little Help From My
Friends (Joe Cocker), "The Weight" (The Band), and "Suite: Judy Blue
Eyes" (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), along with many others.
"We thought we'd have a little fun with this performance, so we put
out the call a month ago for Woodstock stories and gathered a few
eye-opening revelations..." reports Dave Bukvic, DPO Director of
Marketing and Public Relations. "Among others, we heard from local
residents Greg Dewey, who was the drummer for Country Joe & the Fish
at Woodstock, and Dennis Greene, who also performed at Woodstock with
his band at the time Sha Na Na." Mr. Dewey now resides in nearby
Yellow Springs (known in Ohio as hippie-central) and Dennis is now a
law professor at the University of Dayton. Both will be in attendance
this Saturday along with their Woodstock alumni brethren and 2,000
other rock 'n roll fans. Their stories can be seen at
"A Night at Woodstock" is sponsored by the organizers of the Dayton
Home & Garden Show (which will take place on February 26-28). They
will support the "Flower Power Giveaway" during the evening. One
hundred pairs of tickets will be given away based on random seat numbers.
This performance marks the DPO's third collaboration with Jeans 'n
Classics, following successful performances including "50 Years of
Rock 'n Roll" (November 2008) and just recently, "The Music of James
Bond" (January 2010). "We, and our patrons, greatly enjoy the
creativity, professionalism and excellent orchestra arrangements that
J'nC bring to the table..." affirms Paul Helfrich, DPO President.
Tickets for "A Night at Woodstock" range from $15 - $75 and are
available by calling (888) 228-3630 or by ordering on the web at
About Jeans 'n Classics
Based in London, Ontario, Jeans 'n Classics is a group of rock
musicians who understand orchestra culture and are committed to help
in the building of younger, loyal audiences for symphony orchestras
across Canada and the United States.
Jeans 'n Classics performers for A Night at Woodstock include Jean
Meilleur, Lead Vocals; Neil Donell, Lead Vocals; Rique Franks, Lead &
Backing Vocals; Katalin Kiss, Lead & Backing Vocals; David Dunlop,
Lead Guitar; John Regan, Piano; Peter Brennan, Guitars; Jeff
Christmas, Drums; and Mitch Tyler, Bass.
About the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest and oldest
performing arts organization in the community. Dayton Philharmonic
Orchestra 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. Dayton Philharmonic
Orchestra 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.
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Performance Place at the Schuster Center ~ 109 North Main Street,
Suite 200 ~ Dayton, Ohio 45402
CONTACT: DAVID BUKVIC
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
(937) 224-3521 x 109